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This home theater recreates the multiplex with a level of detail you won't believe

Vernon wanted his home theater to look like a real movie theater. Check out how he achieved that on a modest budget in this installment of CNET's Show Us Yours.

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This is Vernon. He's from Houston, Texas, and he had a simple vision: To create a home theater that had "as close to a movie theater vibe as possible" with a price tag he could afford.

This is what he came up with.

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Here's the entrance. Looks a little like the doors at your local movieplex, right?

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Looking straight at the entrance.

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Look closely at the vertical word on the right. That's a sign pointing you to the bathroom.

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The finest theaters have a suit of armor or as Vernon puts it: "Sir Galahad standing guard to ensure privacy when visiting the latrine!"

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Here's a peek at the finished product.

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But wait. Vernon's home theater wasn't always what it is today. This is what it looked like before.

"This was my poor budget cinema setup immediately after moving into my new home," Vernon says. "Money was tight for a while thereafter."

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But Vernon had a dream and he decided to make it happen -- on a budget he could afford.

"Chaos ensued," he says.

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This is the frame for his new 133-inch Screen Innovations Zero Edge Slate screen.

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Here's the screen fully constructed but not yet ready for prime time because Vernon had to paint and make modifications to the theater room.

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The back of the room.

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Ceiling walls get the blackout treatment.

"I chose three different paints for this room," Vernon says. "But because there are so many corners, it took forever for me to tape off and paint."

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The painting progressing. That ceiling light fixture you saw in previous photo had to go.

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Drilling holes for fiber-optic "starry night" effect.

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Nice paint-pouring spout.

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Side wall.

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Sconce. Notice the electrical socket near the ceiling.

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Custom, hardwood platform built by a carpenter friend of Vernon's (Designs By B. Rogers) to elevate the back-row seating.

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Color-changing LEDs under the platform.

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The screen is ready to go up.

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The screen is up!

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Vernon says he replaced his Onkyo 7.1 receiver with a more powerful Yamaha Aventage 7.2 Atmos receiver and added left, right and center-channel Atlantic Technology speakers to better complement his dual Klipsch 12-inch Reference subs.

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Ideally he would have hidden all the gear, but it wasn't in the cards -- or the budget.

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After careful consideration, Vernon decided go with the Epson Home Cinema 4000, which CNET's David Katzmaier thinks is a fine projector (read the full review here). He has no regrets.

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The Epson Home Cinema 4000 in Vernon's mounting contraption. He says it was concocted out of $16 worth of materials he picked up at his local home improvement store.

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Screen is up and projector powered up for the first time.

"I couldn't wait to see the image quality on this thing," Vernon says. "I literally couldn't wait to get the rest of the furniture into the room first."

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Alas, Vernon's first furniture choice was not a good one. Yikes.

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Vernon says: "Ahhh. The answer to wrongfully chosen Victorian couches -- motorized leather recliners with cup holders!"

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The new front couch.

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"I'm no frequency response expert," Vernon says, "but this setup sounds pretty damn good to my neighbors across the street!"

He has 11 speakers total, including rear L/R and back L/R satellites. He hasn't implemented Atmos speakers, but isn't convinced he needs them because of how pleased he is with the existing sound.

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Starry night effect.

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Crisp image from the Epson.

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Here we have a Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, a Yamaha RX-A660 Aventage receiver and a Sony PS4.

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Yes, Vernon's a Texans fan.

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Vernon says: "133 inches of edgeless gameplay. Hands down, the best video gaming experience I've ever had in my life!"

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No Fortnite for Vernon. COD all the way.

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Vernon says he tried out PS Vue as an alternative to the conventional cable TV service he was tired of paying for.

He comments, "On a screen this size, I discovered I had the option of watching 3 channels simultaneously at any given time! [Busts out measuring tape] It was the equivalent of an 85-inch and two 42-inch displays on the wall!!! [Mind blown]"

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The crown jewel? A candy rack Vernon made himself.

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A little black spray paint.

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Ready for some sweets. Vernon has his favorites.

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Fully stocked.

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Ready for consumption.

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Looking in from the entrance.

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Gotta love those LED lighting effects.

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Another shot of the seating areas.

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Finished product, as of today. Vernon says: "Shag carpet coming soon!"

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Time to go.

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Vernon doesn't sell tickets to his home theater but he did deposit the tickets he bought to movies he saw in the theaters -- before building his own!

Thanks for watching the show. If you want to see more of CNET's Show Us Yours showcases, we've got plenty more to check out here

And please submit photos of your own home theater here.

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