Amazing Home Theater Designs

Check out these incredible home theaters that make movie watching at home like a trip to the theater.

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The Tuscan Theater

The design directive for this stunning home theater was to deliver state-of-the-art video and audio performance while not compromising the elegance and architectural detail evident throughout the rest of the clients' Tuscan inspired home.

Bringing 3D to Life

This amazing home theater incorporates the first residential Auro 3D system to be installed in the U.S. The technology provides an immersive 3D audio experience that is reputed to be the biggest change to theater audio since the creation of 5.1 digital.

Traditional Flair & Solid Performance

The objective and challenge for this project was to create a dedicated home cinema within the area of an existing basement measuring only around 350 square feet. Speakers were placed inside a custom built cabinet with black acoustically transparent fabric and sound absorbing insulation.

The Collaborative Cinema

This distinctive home theater is the result of focused collaboration between the homeowner and the home theater specialist. The homeowner designed and built the custom wall panels and unique theater ceiling.

The Collaborative Cinema

The recessed ceiling, emulating a window facing upward to the night sky, is actually a black panel with fiber-optic lighting that mimics the pattern of a constellation.

Classic Comfort

Substantial wooden doors provide a suitably regal entryway to the inviting theater space.

Classic Comfort

Coordination between the home theater pro and interior designer was key in creation of this classically styled movie theater. Together they achieved a balance between enhanced room acoustics and visual design.

Classic Comfort

Generously upholstered panels were integrated into the wood paneling, contributing to the luxurious character of the room while providing an excellent acoustical treatment.

Stylish Functionality

The dual priorities in the design of this sleek and clean-lined home theater were (1) to satisfy and impress discerning audio/video enthusiasts and (2) to stand up to the rigors of the family's teenagers.

Stylish Functionality

Challenges in execution of this home theater included the room's location. It was formerly an unconditioned basement space, and located adjacent to a separate room used for entertaining, so sound insulation was key. The project also had to be completed within a relatively strict budget.

Basement Theater or Cinematic Experience?

The objective in this converted-basement project was to create a space that could serve dual purpose as both an area for entertaining and a high-end home theater. The clients opted for just two rows of seating to allow for a more spacious layout.

Basement Theater or Cinematic Experience?

The cinema-quality audio experience that this theater delivers is powered by a commercial grade Klipsch speaker system backed by 2,850 watts of power — all in a room of just around 700 square feet. The sonic results are impressive to say the least.

Strictly Budgeted Design

Despite a tightly defined budget, this home theater was designed to be able to deliver movie-theater sound quality and effects comparable to that of a much more high-end system.

Strictly Budgeted Design

The stated design objective was a family-oriented home theater that would stand up over time. Equipment highlights include an Epson Pro-cinema projector, Elite Screens 125-inch diagonal screen, Klipsch Theater Series speakers and dual 18" subwoofer, Crown Channel power amplifier, and Savant remote control with integration for iPad and iPhone.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

The plan behind this high-end home theater was to design a tasteful, contemporary space, with generous seating capacity, in which clients and guests could relax and forget the world outside.

Simple Look, Intricate Design

Bowers and Wilkins Custom Theater speakers deliver a full, rich movie soundscape. Front speakers (seen here with concealing screens removed) are mounted within the proscenium while the mid and rear speakers are hidden in the ceiling.

Escape from Reality

This theater was built for outstanding technical performance while employing visual design elements that contribute "wow" factor. The aesthetic goal was to create a cloistered space where reality is suspended.

Escape from Reality

Bowers and Wilkins Custom Theater Speakers faithfully reproduce film sound ranging from the impact of an action movie to the subtle nuances of a concert soundtrack. Rear and mid surrounds are Bowers and Wilkins CWM7.3's and are neatly hidden within the acoustic wall paneling.

Double-Duty Home Theater

With the curtain pulled back, the room's rear bistro rail and seating area beckon the casual party guest to come in, grab a seat and stay awhile.

Double-Duty Home Theater

This luxury space was conceived to serve dual purpose as a dedicated home theater and — since it's directly adjacent to a space for entertaining — a room that lends itself informal gatherings.

Double-Duty Home Theater

For the cinema enthusiast set, viewers are treated to a 3-chip DLP projector system combined with motorized masking anamorphic screen that reliably delivers a picture in the proper aspect ratio — just as the director intended it to be seen.

Desert Getaway

This desert weekend getaway was originally designed with a modest media room in the lower level but, when the builder introduced the client to the benefits of true home theater, the project took on a larger scale. Find a home theater professional near you.

Desert Getaway

Once the idea for a high-performance private theater was embraced by the owners, they opted for a large and advanced screen. The Screen Innovations Black Diamond 2.40:1 screen has a specialized screen surface that provides enhanced contrast, color saturation, black level and depth of field.

Desert Getaway

Rich woodwork and fine fabric walls lit by carefully placed luminaires, and seating for 12 or more, provides an inviting space for watching movies and sports.

Desert Getaway

Audio was upgraded to a Professional Home Cinema system with nearly 3000 watts of power. The PRO speakers, strategically placed in the relatively small space, have great sensitivity and their design assures reference quality sound.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

This private theater, a 50th anniversary gift from a very generous son, presented a special design challenge since the theater space had to be built within the limited and odd space of an existing exercise room.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

The designers took the unconventional step of orienting the screen on the room's longer wall rather than following the conventional oblong theater layout. The Wisdom L8i screen speakers selected deliver smooth audio response across the wide listening area in the re-oriented space.

One High Performance Anniversary Gift

Through careful engineering and speaker placement, as well as novel approaches to room acoustics and orientation, the designers were able to deliver an immersive theater experience within a small space.

City Retreat

The direction the designers were given for this home theater was to integrate state-of-the-art electronics into a very meticulously designed room without disruption to existing design elements.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

This spectacular home theater was custom designed for the president of a major Hollywood studio who wanted to be able to view digital cinema footage and film dailies in the comfort of his home.

Professional-Grade Screening Room

The finished room was fully sound isolated using resilient construction and vibration-damped sheet rock layers. The front half of the floor was dropped 18 inches into the crawl space to make room for the seating risers. Acoustical absorbers and diffusers to the HVAC system's ducting were used to help achieve an optimum sonic backdrop.

Inviting Entertainment Space

The plan behind this home theater for a family of five was to turn an underutilized space into a private cinema that could easily transition into a video game and sporting event room.

Unique on a Budget

This client wanted a home theater space "like no other," but on a modest budget, and one suited to watching sporting events with friends.

Custom Functionality

This home theater was fashioned out of an underutilized space with the intent of creating a family-oriented home theater and man cave.

Renovated for Private Performance

The homeowner in this project purchased a home with an existing theater that fell short of his demanding performance requirements. He had already owned a home with a reference-level home theater custom built by engineers, so the bar was set high.

Ultimate Retreat

This was the second home theater installed by the homeowner, and he wanted for this one to achieve an elevated level of performance.

Ultimate Retreat

Primary objectives included being able to comfortably accommodate 10 people, employ largest screen possible given room's dimensions, achieve superior room acoustics and integrate control of lighting, drapes and HVAC.

Styled Seating for Six

This theater was custom designed specifically to accommodate seating for six in an existing basement space. The client also wanted a wet bar included in the space, and set the budget for the entire project at no more than $100,000.

Styled Seating for Six

Highlights of the finished space include six luxury recliners, Epson Pro 6030 projector, three matching B&W CWM LCR7 speakers for the center and main channels, a subwoofer concealed in a custom cabinet and extra insulation in the ceiling for sonic isolation.

The Studio Room

The homeowner, who was also the designer/integrator for this exceptional home theater project, sought to create a home cinema that outperforms the local multiplex and, in addition, a listening experience optimized for both two-channel and multi-channel high resolution sources.

The Studio Room

The moniker "Studio Room" refers to the visible similarity the space bears to a recording studio, as well as a nod to its intent of replicating the feel of a small screening room that might be found in a Hollywood production company.

The Studio Room

The existing 5.2 channel audio system was upgraded to 9.2 (including height channels), using direct radiating speakers for best movie/multichannel music performance.

Creatively Constructed

The homeowner on this project wanted a great quality theater in the lower level space of his newly constructed home. Creative planning and engineering was required to achieve the desired performance results given some structural challenges of the space.

Contemporary Integration

This basement home cinema in a new residence in Southern California needed to meet high performance standards while being well-integrated within the home's overall design.

Contemporary Integration

The styling is contemporary, and the seating system offers flexibility, allowing set-up in either formal or more casual configurations. A 9.4 speaker system, advanced projection with acoustically transparent screen, coupled with a full dress of acoustical tuning all combine to make for a stunning A/V environment.

Inspired by Italian Luxury

This striking home theater, in a 22,000-square-foot home is, more specifically, inspired by Italian auto engineering — namely Ferrari. It's a visual extension of the Ferrari collection housed in an adjacent showcase garage. The seating and leather wall accents in red leather are actually based on the shade of red used by Ferrari.

Inspired by Italian Luxury

Substantial wood doors and a neon-lit marquis make for an appropriate entryway to this luxury home theater. Prior to the home's overall architectural design, the homeowner worked with a specialist in creating a no-compromise home theater. He then instructed his architect to design a home "around the theater."

An Entertainer's Paradise

The homeowners' chief desire for this space was a theater designed specifically for entertaining but that would also reflect and integrate visually with the home's distinctive architectural design.

Electrifying Experience

With the exception of the screen and projector port, the technology in this theater is concealed. The room is sonically isolated to provide a distraction-free cinematic experience.

Electrifying Experience

The color LED strip lighting accents the room dramatically and provides adjustable mood settings ranging from white light to colorful combinations.

Theater of Dreams

This supremely opulent home theater is the dream project of a movie fan whose passions for film run "from Hollywood to Bollywood." The homeowner wanted the largest screen possible and went with a specially built Vision X screen, the custom luxury line from Vutec. The screen is 16 feet wide, with a 10-foot total frame-width including horizontal masking for the designated aspect ratio.

Theater of Dreams

Audio for the theater includes Audes custom built speakers, incorporating AMT drivers, and Bryston Amplifiers. Speaker cabling and audio connectors are by Straight Wire.

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