Hi, Since I just put an offer in on the house of my dreams, of course my first line of business is thinking about the location of my new theater. Even if I don't get this house, I will need to consider theater location in any potential house I end up with. Most of the places we're looking at have a formal living room (this is probably out.. this is where the nice furniture will go and will most likely not even have a TV. They also usually have a family room right off of the kitchen, usually an open floor plan where the rear of the room is open to the kitchen. In this particular house the kitchen is to the back, a fireplace sits in the middle of the opposite wall, and sliders to the deck are on the right side wall. Of course I would have to put drapes over the sliders, but otherwise I can get the room quite dark. The only concern I have here is the screen would have to be right above the fireplace mantle. Has anyone ever done this? Is heat an issue? The other option is to finish a room in the basement. I suppose this would be ideal from a room design standpoint, but there's something neat about being able to watch the screen from the kitchen area as well as you're preparing snacks for other viewers and such. I would probably use the theater system for most daily viewing as well since we watch things like CSI and other visually interesting shows. Therefore running to the basement is not the most practical thing. Any insight would be much appreciated.