Between the two speaker cabinets I build a lower horizontal cabinet, 3' high, which is covered again by a hollowed frame covered with acoustical fabric. This cabinet contains room for two subs and a center speaker, again shelf mounted for adjustability. Two dedicated 15amp electric outlets were placed inside of this cabinet for each sub.

Next, is the screen area which I was able to reduce the depth from the front of the cabinets by framing a small wall and covering it with plywood and then drywall. I touched off the front of the theater with a curved soffit with the same angles as the lower stage. This upper soffit was used to place my infra-red pickup which was placed in the front in a standard low voltage gang. Behind this soffit, I installed a low voltage eyeball recessed light which I could use to aim down onto the stage area.

I installed soffits along the perimeter of the entire theater which served two important purposes. First, to install a zone of recessed lighting. Second, to run conduit which ran from the front cabinets to the rear equipment room. This conduit is 4" PVC pipe which I use to run all of my speaker, sub, and IR wiring. I also have a nylon rope running the length of the run for easy fishing. All wires enter the right speaker cabinet and then can be easily pulled to the center and left cabinets. In addition to this main conduit, I installed a secondary 4" run from which runs from the projector to the equipment room. This pipe is used for all the numerous video connections from the A/V equipment to the projector. I also run the projector's power cable through this run, which connects to a power conditioner in the equipment room. Of the two conduits, I find myself using this one much more frequently.

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