In the past week, I completed the most important and difficult parts of construction. These involved hanging the screen from the drop ceiling, hanging the video projector from the ceiling, and running all the cabling through the ceiling to the appropriate places.
I started with the screen. With some tiles removed from the drop ceiling, I could see there was nothing to mount the screen to:
So, to support the weight of the screen, I built a wooden truss that would span the width of the room and sit on top of the walls on each side:
Then I lifted the truss up into the ceiling (with help from Aaron from RACXpress!), secured it into place, and hung the screen from it:
Then, I replaced the drop ceiling:
Then I mounted the video projector to the ceiling in the rear of the room, using a special mount kit that sits atop one of the ceiling tiles:
I then cleared out most of the room to make space for the initial, temporary seating. Sometime soon I plan to build two rows of raised flooring in the very back:
With the screen, projector, and temporary seating in place, the space is nearly ready to show movies.
I created a Compact Cinema logo, made a banner from it, and hung it over the entrance to the theater:
Then I started working on mounting a flat-panel TV into a window to show the upcoming movie listings. First, I built a wooden frame to hold the TV:
Then I lifted it up into place and secured it to the ceiling and the metal window frame:
I will paint the frame sometime soon so it blends in better. But regardless of that, I now have a working digital signage display:
If you happen to walk by, take a look at the screen to see what’s playing!