Home Theater

The day has finally arrived! The movie you’ve been waiting months to see has finally hit theaters. You hit up your squad in the group chat checking everyone’s availability. The stars have aligned as everyone is free. Someone opts to buys everyone’s ticket so you’re seated together, plus sis wants the credit card points. You and your girls meet at the theater, grab some overpriced refreshments then look for your seats. You get settled in while the previews play and your anticipation heightens. Finally, the lights get low and the movie begins. You recline your seat and sink into a comfortable nook.

Not even 10 minutes into the movie, the couple next to you engage in soft conversation. What starts off as whispers slowly turn into a more audible conversation that can be heard from the parking lot.  We don’t care that he didn’t put his clothes in the hamper properly Susan, we are trying to watch a movie! Distracted by their banter, you’ve missed the first 30 minutes of the film and have no clue what’s going on. Know what you should’ve done? Just waited until the movie was released on Blu-ray, DVD or your favorite streaming service and watched in the comfort of your home. But you’ll be able to do just that for the next movie and here are the basic essentials for the perfect home theater.

The Screen

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A home theater wouldn’t be much without, well, a screen. Depending on the room and space you have to dedicate to your home theater, get a screen that won’t over or underwhelm the space. For a larger or outdoor area, try a high definition projector and drop-down screen. For a smaller conservative space, a 50+ inch will turn out nicely and bring you one step closer to the perfect home theater.


Audio/Sound Proof Walls

Audio and Sound Proof Walls


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Now that you have your screen, you need some sound to fully emerge yourself and experience all the cinematic glory. Some options include sound bars or surround sound. For those with paper thin walls, you might want to invest in some acoustic paneling to keep the sound in and your neighbors ears out.

Lighting

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You now have your screen and the sound, let’s talk lighting. Typically, when you go to a picture show, the lights are on full blast, dim a touch when previews play, then turn off at the start of the movie.  You can achieve the same effect in your home theater. For my tech lovers and the savvy, you can even control the light settling with your phone.

Lounge Area

Lounge Area


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Let’s take inventory, you have the screen, sounds, and lights. The question is, where to sit. As mentioned before, the space you are dedicating to your home theater dictates how much seating you should buy. Whether that be lounge chairs, recliners, bean bag, whatever.

Snack/Drink Bar

Snack Bar and Drink Bar


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Screen (check), sound (check), lighting (check) and somewhere to sit (check and check); it’s snack time. For a bigger space, add snack bar with all the fixings or a cute little snack/drink cart. Enjoy that movie!  

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