If you want to make the most out of your next movie night, turning your family room or living room into an in-home theater is the option you have been looking for. Here are some suggestions to help make your next movie night the best one you have ever had.
What could be better than putting on a favorite movie and watching it with friends, family, or your significant other? Having a surround sound system that turns your favorite movie-watching room into a home theater is a good start. But don’t stop there! With these easy-to-follow ideas for turning the ordinary into a little extra, your next movie night will be one to remember.
It all starts here. Depending on the location and size of your room, you’re most likely going to want to choose a dark colored paint. This will both set the tone of your room and reduce glare. If your media room is enclosed, painting in a rich navy, or a deep burgundy will really help to create a modern and sophisticated entertainment area. Extending that dark pallet around the room gives the feeling of being in an infinite space while viewing. Jazz up the decor with some brightly colored pillows, textured rugs, and a multimedia gallery wall.
Popcorn Machine and Snack Stand
Did you know that you can buy cute and functional vintage-style popcorn machines? You can find more modern and sleeker options as well. They range in sizes and prices, but whichever one you pick, it’ll make a statement, set the tone, and give your home theater a little pop! Go the extra mile with a sidebar set up with reusable popcorn buckets, extra seasonings, and lidded cups with straws for your soda. Finish off your concession stand with some boxes of movie theater candy, and tortilla chips with dipping cheese. They say smell brings back our strongest memories, and what’s a better scent than freshly popped corn before a movie?
Movie Theater Décor
While the smell of popcorn brings back treasured memories, a curated decor can really set the vibe. Whether it’s a specially dedicated media room, or the living room you spend every day in, there are a ton of different decor ideas out there to make your humble home feel like a luxurious theater. Framed versions of your favorite film posters spaced out around the room will get your guests in a movie mindset for example. Get crafty and DIY some old-school movie reels, clapperboards, directors’ chairs, and a red carpet running down the room for some unique ways to set the stage.
Choose the Right Lighting
There’s something really special about that moment when the lights dim, and you know the movie is about to begin. Choosing a dimming bulb for your movie room will create the perfect ambiance. With smart lights, you can control the brightness and even change the bulbs’ color. Use smart LED strip lights around your TV screen or projector wall and along the baseboards to help everyone see their way to their seats.
Distributed Audio/Visual System
If you’ve ever gone to a movie premier so anticipated that it’s playing in more than one theater gallery, you’ll understand how distributed A/V can heighten your movie viewing experiences to peak performance. The ability to watch your film simultaneously throughout your home sounds like something from the future. Movie parties are often limited by the amount of seating, but what if everyone could enjoy the same movie broadcast to multiple rooms at once? And why stop at movies? Sports, news broadcasts, and binge-worthy streams of content can all be viewed simultaneously this way. This type of investment into your homes standard of living can elevate your recreation while also streamlining your day-to-day routine.
Big, Comfy Seating
If you’re going for authenticity you can find some really interesting vintage theater seating online, but let’s be real, wouldn’t we all rather have a nice recliner or a cuddly couch to sit on? While they do make specialty seating for home theaters, you can also arrange your existing furniture in a semicircle, or leave an aisle between seats to give it the right feel.
Surround Sound System
Right after that pivotal light dimming moment, sound fills the theater. It seems to come from everywhere at once, creating an immersive and magical experience. Recreate that moment with a personal surround sound system. No matter what size your room (or budget), adding a few special sound elements can take your home theater to its peak. A subwoofer will pack a punch during action movies or keep you on the edge of your seat during a suspenseful scene. Add in a soundbar under your viewing screen, and strategically place a few smaller speakers in the corners of the ceiling behind your seating to really bring that movie theater audio to life.
Connectivity for Your In-Home Theater
Invest in smart technology and optimize not only your movie watching experience, but your daily routines as well. By keeping your smart accessories such as lights, automated projector screens, and outlet panels within the same compatibility, you can make the most out of staying in. Make sure to pair devices such as your sound system with home automation apps, which allow you to customize every aspect of your in-home theater, and create an efficient and smooth experience. Just like the magic of the man in the projection room, setting you up to see a film on the big screen for the first time.
Bonus: Have a Themed Opening Night
Once you’ve gathered all your movie theater magic-making components, why not celebrate with an “Opening Night” party? What’s best about this is it works on any scale, from a blissfully quiet solo evening, to an enchanted date for two, all the way up to the whole family (including pets of course), or whatever fits your life. Encourage everyone to dress like characters from the movie or genre of your theme. Offer a meal, snacks, and/or drinks inspired by the film. Incorporate trivia or games related to your theme, and post them on the screen, just like those pre-preview games the local theater plays for all the early birds. One last detail to tie opening night up perfectly is a ticket both. Go as minimal or elaborate as you want here, using your imagination or real props to give your partygoers their ticket and usher them to their seats, ensuring that your home theater really embodies an authentic movie theater feel.
Ready to get started on your in-home theater but don’t know where to start? Grand Slam A/V & Security has you covered! Reach out today to design the best setup to achieve your theater dreams.