Adding a private cinema within your home is the sort of thing every die-hard film buff dreams of doing. It’s possible to browse hundreds of pictures of truly incredible in-home theatres, labours of love that must have cost their owners hundreds of thousands of dollars to put together, but here’s the good news: you don’t need to spend anywhere near that much to create a private cinema of your own. Here’s how you can do it.
No room can be considered a theatre without a projector. Digital projectors today can produce incredibly high-quality images across a variety of surfaces, though it’s still preferable to have a proper screen you can project onto. Shopping for a projector is a bit different to shopping for a TV as there are many factors, such as lighting, that must be taken into account. This is why it’s a good idea to speak to a specialist like Todds Hi Fi to make sure you’re getting the right setup for your room.
The space you have to work with is another consideration. Will you be able to place the projector far enough away from the screen that it can be used to its full potential? How about seating? A good theatre should be able to sit a few people at once, and let’s not forget all the audio equipment you haven’t started squeezing in yet. The creating of a private theatre means either using the biggest room you’ve got or maximising the space you have.
Speaking of audio equipment, if you don’t own one already then a thunderously powerful surround sound system will certainly be on the cards. There are a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to selecting and installing a surround sound home theatre system, and there are just as many moving parts involved like amplifiers and individual speakers, cabling, and mounts if you’re putting them up near the ceiling. This is another area where it might be best to consult with a specialist or professional before moving ahead.
What’s a theatre without comfortable chairs to sit in? Many furniture retailers now deal in armchairs and recliners built specifically for in-home theatres. Some even have cup holders! How you plan to attack the seating arrangements is entirely up to you, but your top priority should be making sure everyone can see the screen without issue. The whole point of having a private theatre is that no one can sit in front of you and spoil your view!
If someone is enough of a film buff to create their own in-home, private theatre, then they are almost definitely swimming in amazing film memorabilia. What better room to display it in than this? Have your favourite posters framed and hung on the walls! Invest in shelving or cabinets to display your favourite knick-knacks and collectibles. This is the part of the theatre construction process you can really have fun with, making the room very much your own.
With these pointers, you should be well on your way to creating the ultimate private theatre experience! What would your dream theatre look like? Sound off in the comments below!