Entertainment centers nowadays are luxurious and grand. Most span out from one side of the room to the other side of the room, housing the television directly in the center of the console and similar furniture. All other devices, DVD’s, remotes, and technologies span the remaining shelves of the entertainment center.
What if you could emphasize your current entertainment center and make it stand out even more than it already does? What if the television could be bigger and the sound system better? Well, it’s possible if you simply transition yoru entertainment center into an at-home movie theater. And though that may sound daunting, tedious, complicated, or all of the above, it’s really not.
Is it easy, transitioning from an entertainment center to an at-home movie theater?
Easy? It’s not so bad. We think the most difficult part of the equation is deciding whether or not a theater would be in your and your families best interest.
Ask yourself these questions:
If you’ve answered yes to one or most of these questions, you’re one step closer to wanting an at-home movie theater. Think about it, having such a set up in the comfort of your own home would be totally cool and super fun, especially for shows and movies you want to see on the big screen!
So, what do you need to put in place to have an at-home movie theater?
At home theaters must have a video projector. After all, it’s these technological devices that display the picture for the viewers to see.
When you’re looking at which to purchase, ask the experts a couple of questions. For instance, understanding the projector’s throw distance will definitely be helpful. You’ll want to be educated on relevant topics like angle tilt and how far down you should be hanging yoru projector, too. The more information, the better.
An AV receiver is also an important puzzle piece in forming the perfect at home theater. These special output devices create the cinema presence and experience. Technologically, it’s the AV receiver that sends video signals to your television or projector while also sending sound waves through to the speakers.
Projector Screen/Appropriate Lighting
The proper screen and appropriate lighting placement helps take the at home movie theater experience from ordinary to extraordinary.
Start by placing your projector screen strategically. The best place would be a wall where there’s not a lot of light - you don’t want glare. Ensure the bottom of the screen is about 2-3 feet above the ground while you’re mounting it so that all viewers can see what’s playing. If you want to be extra, get some dimmable lights to surround the room.
Surround Sound System
Sound is of the utmost importance in a movie theater, which means getting the correct surround sound system is crucial. Typically, the pros suggest a 5.1 surround sound. The six-piece system includes full-range speakers and a low-range speaker. Instructions are included in every setup package, but ask your local tech guys if you need assistance on how to properly plant them around your at home theater.
If you want to perfectly (or almost perfectly) mimic a cinematic theater, purchase some comfy leather recliners that have armrests on each side. The hip, new movie theaters have them, so why shouldn't you?
Just make sure you place them at a relatively normal distance away from the screen for easy viewing.
Last but definitely not least, add a mini fridge in the corner or back of the room so that you don’t have to run to the kitchen everytime you want to grab a snack or drink! Convenience in a movie theater is so nice, but not practical. However, it can be at home.
Once you have all the necessities, invite your favorite people over for a classic movie night filled with laughs, snacks, and drinks. It’ll be a blast - there’s no doubt about that!