Basement Home Theater Pros and Cons

Many of our clients come to Basement Partners with grand visions for their finished basement. At the top of their list is often some kind of home theater room. A home theater can definitely be a lot of fun, and we have built some beautiful ones for our clients. But here are a few things you should keep in mind before you trick out your basement like the local United Artists.

  • Is your basement really suited for movie watching? Theaters are often perfect for basements because it's nice and dark down there, but make sure you aren't planning it for a room with a big egress window that will need major efforts to darken. Loud HVAC systems can also put a wrench in your plans.
  • Custom wiring will need be built into your basement finishing estimate. Make sure you talk to your contractor about exactly what this will entail in order to support the required audio/visual equipment.
  • Don't forget to include furnishings! To get a real sense of the cost, you have to keep in mind all of the additional expenses on top of the basic home theater setup--projectors, speakers, theater or other comfy seating, and a screen can all add up to a pretty significant portion of your overall budget.
  • Think about resale. If you think you might be trying to sell your home in the relatively near future, an elaborate home theater might not be your best bet. Focusing on a flexible space that can appeal to all kinds of future buyers probably makes the most sense. That said, there are plenty of movie geeks out there, so if you just can't live without a home theater, hopefully you'll find a buyer who is a fellow cinephile!

If you have any other questions about what it takes to build a home theater or other basement finishing concerns, please contact Jeff Proctor at