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Basement of the Week: An Indoor Drive-In Theater

You would expect audiovisual experts to be involved in the creation of a home theater. But a man who builds cars for NASCAR, a craftsman who can turn a barrel and a wheelbarrow into a popcorn machine, and a muralist and a barn supplier who crafts horse stall doors? Not so much. But they all played starring roles in this home theater’s design. Homeowner Tracie Stier-Johnson had a vision for her family’s lower level. “I wanted it to have the feeling of a barn, but also feel like we were outside at a drive-in under the stars,” she says. Elements such as starry lighting, a vintage Coca-Cola machine and even hay helped her achieve the look.