November 17, 2018

A Room With Many Views

Keys To Designing A Non-Dedicated Home Theater

I have never really liked the term, “dedicated theater,” because it does not really project the image of an entertaining environment. I love the term ‘private theater’ as it gives more credence to the special experience such a room delivers.  Similarly, the term “dedicated theater” is often intended to infer the highest and best standard of home theater, but that’s not always the only purpose the room will provide!

If we take a look, historically, at commercial theaters we find that many of the great classic rooms have been re-purposed and survive because of mixed use. In fact, if we look into it, the best surviving classic theaters have been re-purposed for live performances followed by live theater. Why? Simply put, theaters that were designed and built well enough can support these activities, too. The distinguishing characteristics of these rooms are good acoustics, good seating positions and sight lines, and good architecture and design. [Read more…]

Confusion or Fusion

When Aesthetics and Acoustics Collide in a Theater Design

Private theaters boasting stunning interiors and exceptional performance can be realized with planning, cooperation, and collaboration. Unfortunately this does not always come easily or naturally.

Often various members of a theater project may have different and opposing objectives. The theater designer may be focused on the acoustical environment, the integrator most concerned with the equipment, the interior designer has a style and finish palate in mind, and the clients may even have differing opinions. At some point these disparate objectives must become aligned.

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Effective Selling

How to ‘Discover’ Your Client’s Hidden Desire for a Private Theater

Paradise Theater has had the privilege to work with integrators from many regions, who have provided lot of diverse feedback.  One disturbing trend is the perspective that “people just aren’t doing private theaters like they used to,” or that “people aren’t willing to spend the money…”  Yet, a select group of electronic systems contractors and sales designers bring us project after project and continue to raise the standard of excellence in our field. Why the disparity?

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How We Do Windows

Controlling Light and Acoustics in Theaters Containing Glass

Large reflective surfaces in a home theater
require acoustical consideration, and windows
are particularly difficult to treat. If
the window is also a door, such as sliding
doors or decorative single light doors, the
positioning and access/egress issues come
into play, as well.

Large reflective surfaces in a home theater require acoustical consideration, and windows are particularly difficult to treat. If the window is also a door, such as sliding doors or decorative single light doors, the positioning and access/egress issues come into play, as well.

Try as we might, windows will “happen,” due to local building code requirements, architectural standards for a community, aesthetic sensibilities, and client preference. There are, however, exceptions for home theaters in the Uniform Building Code (UBC), and when that doesn’t work, automated shades usually offer your best alternative.

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Cool Homes For Projectors

Hiding One of the Most Conspicuous Components in the Theater

The home theater projector is one of the most difficult components to integrate into a private theater room design. Fortunately savvy home theater designers can overcome most of these design hurdles with proper creativity and engineering. Here are six challenges that I’ve observed, and how to overcome them.

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Lodge Theater Featured in Home Entertainment magazine

FrontLeft_Web.jpgThe inherent risk in designing a home theater—a beautiful-looking space that produces the requisite oooohs and aaaahs—is ending up with a poorly performing room. Add the must have of incorporating the same architectural detailing used throughout the rest of the home and the risk expands tenfold.

But many elements in this mountain lodge—cedar beams, and stone and wood floors—are hard, reflective surfaces, which aren’t always conducive to a great sounding home theater environment.

“We had to come up with creative ways to bring those elements into the theater without degrading the performance,” says home theater designer Sam Cavitt of Paradise Theaters. Many of the design elements of this stunning theater, which guarantee a top-notch performance, are behind the scenes.

Read the rest at Home Entertainment Magazine