Need opinions about dedicated theater room

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Kevin Presley, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Kevin Presley

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    I am finishing my basement and am planning a dedicated theater room. The area available is 13' x 23' with the entrance at the rear (smaller side) in the center.

    The theater seats I am getting are 7.5' wide when three are connected to each other, so this leaves 2'10" of space to each side of each row of seats. I am going with two rows of three for six reclining seats with the rear row on a 9" riser.

    The first row of seats will be about 13' from the screen and the screen will be 52"x92" elevated 30" from the floor.

    Does this sound like a suitable size and layout?

    Any suggestions would be apreciated.
     
  2. Kevin Presley

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    Geeez. No one can take a minute or two to give an opinion?
     
  3. Jim Mcc

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    I can't give an opinion until I know what size screen you'll be using, and what the resolution of set is. Will you use a projector or a TV?
     
  4. Kevin Presley

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    The screen size is 106" diag (52"x93") using an InFocus IN76 projector mounted at 7'10" high. The projector is 1280x720.
     
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    sounds reasonable to me. you will need to fiddle with speaker positions a bit to get it perfect, but you are well on your way.
     
  6. Paul_C

    Paul_C Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello;

    That sounds like a nice setup. My room is 13'6" X 20'. I have 1 row of 4 Berkline recliners at about 13' and a back row of 3 real theater rocker seats. The front row has about 1.5' on each side.

    As you can see, my setup is very similar to yours and it works fine. I find that the two outside seats in the front row are probably a little too close to the surrounds but when you have a full house the extra seat sure comes in handy. If we only have a couple people over most prefer to sit in the back row because of the better viewing/listening position.

    Good luck.

    Paul.
     
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    I'll guess your rear row will be at least 17' back from screen? With your seating distances and a HD projector, I would go with a little bigger screen. If you sit in the rear seats, you'll wish you had a larger screen. Using the 1.5X screen width rule of thumb for your seating distance, you can easily go with a 9' wide screen.
     
  8. Kevin Presley

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    I have the width to allow a 9' screen but the extra height would mean having to mount the screen closer to the floor. This would obstruct the rear row view because the riser can only be 9" tall.
     

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