28-Seat Theater Fun for Everyone
There's a ton of room in this dedicated theater space that's part of an apartment community clubhouse.
FINALIST: Best Home Theater $50,000-$100,000
February 23, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

This project was a twist on some other theater rooms, as it wasn’t exactly for the original homeowners.

The owners also own and manage some apartment complexes in the Chicago area, and they wanted to apply a theater room to a clubhouse under construction in one of the apartment communities. Local custom electronics pro Architectural Audio & Video had done the work on the homeowners’ personal spaces, so the firm was entrusted to design and perform the installation for this more commercial-like environment.

Mostly that meant adding a bunch more theater chairs, larger screen and enabling a flexible environment for non-viewing activities. “We were very limited on the alterations for the room, so we had to make what we had work,” says AAV’s Matt Koppin. “They wanted to make the system seat as many as possible, be simple to use, house the equipment remotely, make it reliable, and most of all exceed their expectations on performance (within the budget). They also wanted the flexibility to hold meetings in the room, so space to setup a presentation and connectivity were also necessary.”

It looks like AAV provided more than enough seating options and performance goodness in this space. For starters, they went with 28 seats from Irwin, which were covered in a custom fabric to better blend in with the room’s decor.

For the audio, an in-wall Triad speaker system offers surround sound unobtrusively, and Marantz electronics and Elan controls provide the system’s functionality and ease of use.

On the video side, a 126-inch acoustically transparent screen from Screen Research offers big high-def images as well as conceals the front-channel speakers of the 7.4 surround system (yep, four Triad subs pump out plenty of bass in here). A Marantz projector fills the screen with the video.

“By utilizing an attached mechanical room, we were able to remotely locate the equipment,” says Koppin. “With the Elan Via touchscreen, we were able to program a simple interface that anyone could use without much thought.”

The result? The room gets tons of use that’s great for the community residents and great for the owners, who get to show it off to prospective inhabitants. The system is used several days a week for movie nights, sporting events, and meetings.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Systems Design and Installation
Architectural Audio & Video
Naperville, Ill.

Display Devices
1 VP151BL Marantz HDTV 1080P DLP Projector
1 FS-110-178-2W-B Screen Research 126” Transparent Screen

Audio/Video Components
1 SR7002 Marantz 105 x 7 Dolby Digital Receiver
1 DV7001 Marantz Progressive Scan DVD Player
1 MP HTS 2600 MKII Monster Cable Surge Protection

3 In-Wall Silver/6 LCR Triad In-Wall Silver LCR
4 In-Wall Gold Surround Triad In-Wall Gold Surround
9 NCB Triad In-Wall New Construction Bracket
4 In-Wall Bronze/6 PowerSub Triad In-Wall Bronze 6” Subwoofer

Control System
1 FG001004 Niles MSU480 IR Repeater System
5 FG01020 Niles IR Flasher w/ Feedback
1 Elan VIA 64 Touch Panel for Media Rm Operation
1 Elan PVIA 1 Via Power Module
1 VIABKT64 VIA Rough-In Bracket

Lighting Control
1 SPS5WCRWH Lutron 5 Scene Wall-Mounted Master
2 SPS600WH Lutron 600 Watt Single-Pole Dimmer
1 SPSF-S6A-WH Lutron Spacer Fluorescent Switch

Irwin Theater Seating
28 Ambassador HT Rocker Irwin Main Theater Seat
28 Custom Fabric Upcharge Upcharge for Custom Chair Fabric
8 Ambassador Isle End Irwin Theater Seat Isle Ends (2 per row)
28 Ambassodor Seat Bottom Irwin Upholstered Seat Bottom
28 Ambassador Back Foam Irwin Upholstered “Huggy” Seat Back

Rack System
1 ERK-4425LRD Middle Atlantic 44 Space Rack
1 CBS-ERK-25 Middle Atlantic 25” Caster Base
3 U4 Middle Atlantic 4 Space Shelves
1 U3 Middle Atlantic 3 Space Shelves
2 U2 Middle Atlantic 2 Space Shelves
5 VTF1 Middle Atalantic 1 Space Vent Space

Misc. Items
1 Cabling and Interconnects Monster Cable Interconnects and Cabling
1 VGA Plate Custom VGA Wall Connector Plate
1 VGA50 Proflex 50 Foot VGA Cable and Pipe
1 ACC556 Peerless Catherdral Ceiling Mount
1 ADJ0305 Peerless 3-5’ Adjustable Extension
1 Mount 20BL Marantz Ceiling Mount for VP11S1
1 5280-ICW Leviton Surge Protecting Receptacle

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