Hi all, Kip P. here. Well, I have finally had it with commercial movies theaters -- noisy people, bad food smells, spilling drinks, cell phone talking, crowded lines, and more. I'm ready to go the home-theater route, and I need your help. I'll post in the newbie section, but basically, I want to recreate, as much as possible, a "real" theater experience, from the wall curtains to full-room sound. (Is Atmos necessary? 7.1?) Now, here's the challenge: 1)A budget limit of probably $10k or a little less, I want to "do it all," including paint, wires, AVR, speakers, and six theater seats (Seatcraft?). 2) I'm not trying to impress the world. On the other hand, some of the people who visit us have multimillion dollar homes with "nice" home theaters. I don't want mine to be an embarrassment, yet I can't put the kind of bucks into what they probably have in their set-ups. I want to satisfy everyone ... even on my budget. (No comments like "nice try ... for a wannabe.") The picture has to be great, and the sound also has to get "a nod of approval." Still, first and foremost, it has to provide our family with a theater (movies and concert DVDs.) 3) I'm open to all suggestions ... speakers, AVR, books that would help, other brands of seats that you prefer, etc. (I'm a sponge, ready to soak up all good advice.) As I said, I'll post this and more in the newbie section, but I welcome your opinions ... and thanks in advance, Kip P.