Theater Renovations and Update Photos




Updates to the Frey Theater in Manheim


July 2007 - Added air conditioning vent in theater wall when central air installed in house, to help keep cool at summer showings.

July 2007 -  Upgraded manual 100" movie screen to 120" motorized screen with both Infra-Red and Radio Frequency remotes.

Sep 2007 - Upgraded Audio from an Adcom 5.1 surround processor to a newer Outlaw 7.1 surround processor.

Oct 2007 - Replaced Large Advent speakers on Front and Rear channels with Cerwin Vega 380 SE and Infinity SM152 speakers.

Nov 2007 - Changed Curtains on sides of movie screen from Mauve to Blue.

Nov 2007 - Painted walls in theater area dark blue.

Dec 2007 - Framed and mounted three 24x36 A-run movie "teaser" posters onto wall behind retractable movie screen.

Dec 2007 - Replaced Advent center channel speaker with Premier Audio PA-8 Center channel speaker.

Jan 4, 2008 - Replaced 6x8 green aubusson rug in front of sofa with a new contemporary pattern Blue 6x8 carpet.

Jan 5, 2008 - Relocated A/V cabinet from side wall to rear wall of theater area for more functional use of room.

Jan 6, 2008 - Installed marquee poster light box on wall in theater.

Jan 8, 2008 - Upgraded speaker wire to all speakers from 16-guage wire to heavy red 10-guage wire to handle more power.

Feb 16, 2008 - Carpet and padding saturated from rain seepage, removed and discarded front 12x13' area of carpeting and padding.

Apr 25, 2008 - Theater area floods a second time, on the bare concrete floor, from backed-up spouting. 

May 24, 2008 - New black carpet and padding installed in Theater area, after front rain gutter covered with new gutter-screen.

May 28, 2008 - New Parasound 7.1 Processor added to replace Outlaw processor.

May 30, 2008 - Three BSR EQ-3000's added to control individual channel volumes of surround sound.

Jun 2, 2008 - Wooden stage framework installed under theater screen, will be covered with carpeting in near future.

Jun 23, 2008 - Finished installing carpeting on stage pieces.

May 9, 2009 - BSR EQ-3000's replaced with a Rane SM26 Mixer/Splitter/Buffer, using 6-channel Buffer mode for level control.

Aug 15, 2009 - Installed two Clark 209 Transducers under the reclining seats of the sofa, wired to Carver 5 channel amp.

Aug 22, 2009 - Upgraded the Mitsubishi HD1000 720p projector with a new Optoma HD20 1080p projector.

Aug 31, 2009 - Added a new Oppo BDP-83 Blu Ray player for viewing Blu Ray movies. Theater is now fully HD capable.

Sep 5, 2009 - Added third Clark Transducer under middle seat of sofa, and installed 8 rubber isolation feet to sofa frame.



   January 2008 Construction

Time to Re-Wire!  The original 16-guage speaker wires were hastily laid on the floor along the walls of the room when the theater was first setup, just to get things up and running.  My plan was to permanently run the speaker wire out of sight above the drop ceiling. Here, I'm installing some bright red, heavy-duty 10-guage speaker wire to help improve audio signal.  I've precut some 60-foot lengths of wire for the three front speakers and have begun to fasten them to the joists above the drop ceiling.


This thick red wire made by Surge is surprisingly very

flexible.  I will also be installing gold pin connectors to

both ends of the wires for a quick, easy connection

to the speakers and amplifiers.


Hard to believe I'm hosting a Movie night in two days!  I'm really going to have to hustle to get all this wired, connected, and cleaned up before my guests arrive only 44 hours from now!  At right, you can see I have moved my equipment cabinet for the side wall to the rear of the room, to allow me to hang my marquee poster light box on the wall.  In the foreground, one of my Infinity speakers lies disassembled awaiting a replacement foam surround on the woofer.



My Infinity SM152 speakers are at least 15 years old, and the foam surrounds on the woofers are finally rotting.  I already have a replacement kit to redo the woofers in both of the speakers, but I doubt I'll have this one repaired before Movie Night.  I'll just remove the woofer, tape off the wire leads, and put the grill back on, and no one should notice!



A closer view of my throw rug - Contemporary,

Modernistic, Weird, Bizarre, call it whatever - but it

does kinda look like a party, or at least it looks fun,

doesn't it?  Besides, my Kids picked it out for me -

So, I really had no choice in the matter!