So I called a friend who was going to get together some time and discuss cameras to use for stock footage work. He ended up bringing his 13 yr old nephew, who's into anime and high tech.
We end up spending all afternoon and evening down here, watching movies. Since I had just gotten the new Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on Blu-ray, we watched that. It was an awsome and totally enveloping experience. The next day, my friend called me to tell me what a great time they both had. The kid just couldn't stop talking about it.
So, our anime club meeting is scheduled for the 21st now. I'm working on building the LED track lighting over the theater seats, and over my workstation area. I bought these 1W warm white LEDs and am using copper 1/4-20 hex bolts and 1" PVC caps on 1/2" aluminum U channel. The end caps have a 1/4" hole in the top, where the bolt goes through from the inside. The LED is glued to the head of the bolt for heat dissipation. Wires come out of the LED and pass through a 3/32" hole near the top of the cap. I just need to find something to make a little reflector and also paint the surrounding interior flat black so it doesn't cast light in areas outside the downward spot beam. Each lamp will have it's own 30-ohm 2W current limiter and the whole shebang will go to a ceramic rheostat, powered by a 12V DC wall wart. The LEDs dim nicely, over a wide range of illumination. Each LED is rated 60 lumens at 1W power level.
I'm doing my own DiY lighting because I don't like the track lighting options and the cost. LED track lighting is absurdly expensive and I don't need a high amount of light in a projection theater. Just enough to be able to find buttons on the remote during dark scenes, but not so much that it's distracting. I think this setup I'm building will do nicely.