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To the left we are looking at the entrance to the theater. The door swings out toward the landing at the bottom of the stairs. The speaker is placed in ideal listening and imagery location, though entering you must be careful.  We also have a rear entrance - this seems to get a bit more use during the movies, as I'm always saying, "be careful not to touch the speaker."
Rear Seats
With the rear row of seats raised above the front, viewing is much improved - especially given the high back seats. As mentioned earlier, each seat has a Bass Shaker attached to the seat bottom, adding a lot to the experience.
Here is a close up of the carpet that we chose for the walls. It is actually carpet tile, 18" square, on both the walls and the floor. We searched for a long time to find a dark color for the walls that still looked nice when using the theater as a room. With the carpet tile we were able to apply each piece one at a time, perfectly fitting around all of the electrical boxes and speaker outlet as well as meeting up nicely with the floor. This was a lot of extra work because each piece had to be glued and stapled to the wall to keep it in place for the glue to dry. The next day the previous staples could be removed and the next section installed. It took three evenings for the walls, and 2 hours for the floor. I used carpet tiles because I couldn't find any other material that was affordable and that was able to be applied around all of the outlets and strange shaped angles as easily. I assumed it would really deaden the room, but found that it didn't do much acoustically, and mainly did it because of appearance. The color appears near black except under strong light, where it can be seen to the right.
Carpet closeup
Outside Theater Entrance
To the left is the basement stairs landing, with the entrance to the theater. This room will eventually be finished to include a pop corn popper,and candy stand, as well as lit movie posters to finish it off just like a theater lobby.
Laudry room - projector mounting
Looking at the theater from the laundry room, you can see Jake standing in front of the rear entrance. Also notice the JVC G11U D-ILA projector with just the lens poking thru into the theater.

Below is a photo showing the lens on the rear wall of the theater. This cuts down on the noise, heat from projector, and cooling required given that it is mounted external to the theater. The other popular method of noise and heat reduction is to use a hush box which does just that - hush the projector by putting it in a box. Adequate cooling and ducting must be built into the box in order for the projector to keep the temperature down, however, the added work really pays off with nearly silent projector operation.
Projector Lens thru wall.
Connections to the D-ILA are shown below. The colored cables are the 5 BNC connections hooked to the Computer2 input used for HDTV, with a second connected to Computer 1 for computer and (DVD). The small black cable is an S-Video breakout cable, running two RG6 lines back to receiver. The last connection is the standard null modem cable used to communicate with the projector.

The Ultimate Outlet, by PS Audio, is used to power the projector.

Projector Mounting Ultimate Outlet for Projector

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