My house was built with a home theater in mind. The room is a 20 X 11, perfect for a four seat theater. I knew I wanted a front projector but didn't want to spent a bundle on the system. I choose the Boxlight Matinee 1HD after seeing a demo at their home office outside of Seattle. Luckily, I had the opportunity to see the projector in action before making the purchase.
Chad, at Studio Experience recommended the Cinemavision Da-Lite screen. At under $1,000, I saved money going with the Da-Lite versus the Stewart. All total, the projector, screen, and ceiling mount came in around $2800. (Studio Experience even threw in a free DVD player)
The speakers are made locally ( in Oregon ) from Aperion. Amazing sound for a very reasonable price. I went with the 5.1 system just due to space constraints. I originally bought Paradigm Monitor 5 but saved about a $1,000 by choosing the Aperion. They sound better than anything I've heard in their price range.
Rounding out my system is a reclining love-seat, two leather chairs, some authentic movie poster frames from Bass Industries, room darkening cell shades, and silk black draperies for that movie theater look.
All told, including some Denon audio equipment, I've got no more than $6,000 invested
in a room which looks very luxurious.