Interior Design

If you’re going for a true dedicated-theater look, you can choose from a traditional design, art deco, or even a theme (such as Star Wars or the Old West). Within the general theater concept, there is a staggering variety of color treatments, acoustic panels, fabrics, flooring, seating, columns, cabinetry, lighting, trim, curtains, speakers, stages, prosceniums, and paint to choose from.

Unless you want to incorporate specific architectural details, like a barrel-vaulted ceiling, you can address most of the interior details after construction is substantially complete. You will, of course, need to think about things such as cabinetry, ventilation, lighting, and speaker placement a bit earlier to ensure that everything ends up in its proper location when construction is complete.

Generally, you should plan the overall look of the theater during the construction stage so that you’ll be able to address details such as equipment storage, ceiling profile, projector location, and other things. The little details sometimes make a huge difference in how your theater comes together and your satisfaction with the completed project.

You may not need to choose your specific lighting fixtures, for example, until construction is complete. Still, when you’re in the early stages, you should determine the type of lighting you want to use. For instance, if you will be using sconce lights along the sides of your theater, you won’t need to specify the actual sconces you plan on using, but you will have to know where you’ll be placing them, such as on the wall or on a column. If you’d like them to be column mounted, you’ll have to plan the column layout before the electrical rough-in so the electrician can wire them where you’ll be placing the columns. You can just plan the column layout around the lighting layout, but that may impact other details such as acoustic panels or speaker locations.