In April 2007 I moved into a small ranch
house in Manheim, Pennsylvania. I had previously setup a very basic
Home Theater projection system in the unfinished basement of my former
residence, so one of the prerequisites for my new home was to have
available space to install and improve my theater. Fortunately, I
was able to find a home with a finished basement which included a 13'x25'
area fairly well suited for my new home theater.
Over the years I continually worked on the
interior design of the theater to make the room look more like an actual
movie theater. I built a carpeted wood "stage" in the front of the
room for the front and center surround speakers. I installed seven
columns with light sconces on the walls, and painted the walls dark blue
and plum for lower light reflectivity. A movie poster light box with
marquee-style race-lights was mounted on the theater room wall, along with
several other framed movie posters. I designed and constructed a counter
with bar stools for the 2nd row seating. Powerful transducers, or "Butt
Shakers," were installed under all three seats in the front row sofa, to
add awesome sensory vibrations which really draw my guests into the movie
viewing experience! I also purchased a commercial popcorn popper,
glass candy counter, and a kitchen cart for use in the snack bar.
The Frey Theater tragically flooded in
September 2011, so much of the room had to be rebuilt. New walls,
flooring, electrical service, and lighting was installed. The theater's video was
upgraded in February 2012 with a new 1080p 3D Epson projector, so the Frey
Theater is now fully 3D capable. It will probably be an on-going process
over many years before the room decor and A/V equipment is completely set
up the way I wish, but that won't prevent me from showing movies to all my
friends and family in the meantime. As they say in the theater business...
"The Show Must Go On!"
Troy Frey, Proprietor
†The FREYMAX 3D Theater -
Current Theater Room Photos
A view of the Frey Theater with its
carpeted stage, 15" front speakers, and huge, 120" motorized projector screen.
New additions to the theater after the Tropical Storm Lee flood are the
lavender vinyl tile floor, and seven wall columns with art deco light
A 48x108 6-sheet Avatar movie poster hangs
on the wall behind the movie screen, and is visible only when the screen is raised. The six sheets that make up this
oversized mural are individually mounted inside 24x36 black aluminum poster frames.
Mounted under each of the 3 seats in the
sofa is a powerful Clark transducer, or "seat shaker," which adds yet
to the 3D viewing experience - so the Frey Theater could actually be
considered a "4D" theater! The three transducers are wired
in series to a 450 watt bridged Crown amplifier, which gives them plenty of
"oomph" during explosions, crashes, gunshots,
or other strong low-frequency events during a movie.
An awesome addition to the Frey Theater in
2012 - a new 3D projector! This is the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5010.
will project 3D video from 3D Blu-rays, and will also do 2D to 3D
The front row seating area for the Frey
Theater features a leather sofa with reclining seats at each end.
Powerful Clark transducers (butt shakers) are mounted
under each of the three seats, creating an incredible sensory experience!
Second row seating features a 3-seat red oak bar
I built from scratch using a scrap piece of Formica counter top, on which
patrons can set their food and drinks on during the movie. Solid
cherry bar stools with soft, comfortable leather seats complete the set.
The blue wire running across the floor to the sofa is the audio cable for
driving the seat shakers.
One of my most prized possessions in the
theater room - a 15 lens-per-inch 3D lenticular poster of one of my
favorite 3D movies. This poster is made of a plastic lenticular sheet
almost 3/8" thick, and the 3D depth and pop-out is amazing - the floating
water droplets appear to hover up to a foot in front of the poster's
surface! This particular Lenticular poster can sell for upwards of
On the left column is a custom-etched Frey
Theater Blu-ray display stand, with blue LED illumination.
A dual-18" pro audio sub, driven by
an 1800 watt QSC PL2 amplifier, and a 1000 watt 15" Custom Nuonic Sub
make up my Subwoofer system. The six-foot rack mount Audio/Video
cabinet is almost full with the
equipment needed for an ultimate theater
The 6' x 6' media rack was scratch built
from 1x6 lumber, primered and painted black. It is currently almost filled to
capacity, with 500+ Blu-ray movies, 90+ 3D Blu-ray movies, and over 1000 DVDs
in slimline cases.
Next to the media shelf is the "managers
office," my computer desk and server cabinet - the only non-theater
equipment in the theater room. On the wall behind the desk are
actual 12" commercial Snaplok marquee letters mounted on 6-foot channel
strips, exactly like the ones used on real movie marquees!
The large snack bar area in the rear
section of the
theater room features a keg refrigerator with a beer tap on the door,
a commercial-grade 6 oz. Gold Medal popcorn machine,
a 4' glass display case for candy and other food items,
a neon "Yuengling, America's Oldest
Brewery" sign, a kitchen cart with stainless steel top, and a purple-neon
A small restroom with toilet and sink
completes the snack area - a very necessary convenience with a keg fridge
My luxuriously-appointed gold-plated beer tap with Yuengling Premium Beer
handle can be seen in the foreground.
During Monthly Movie Nights, I always stop
the movie at the midway point for a 15 minute intermission.
Time for some popcorn, snacks, and drinks -
and usually a pit stop for everyone, too, lol!
A small but enthusiastic crowd enjoys a 3D
Blu-ray movie in the Frey Theater.
Please put your 3D shutter glasses on now - the movie is about to start!
†The FREYMAX 3D Theater -
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