August 16, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
Theme theaters are nothing new—we’ve seen our share of sci-fi homages, western themes, movie star themes and more. With the help of some local artistry and custom fabrication, this theater room gives a nod to the don.
Yes, the godfather Don Corleone keeps a steady eye on the gatherings in this home theater, which was designed and installed by Michigan-based Spire Integrated Systems.
Spire managed to incorporate the homeowner’s favorite film by using a local artist’s ability to digitize the image and imprint it on an acoustical panel. That’s right—not only does Brando hold court in here, but he helps optimize the surround-sound system.
Consider the acoustical panel a solid supporting actor in the Oscar-worthy A/V performance of this theater. The screen is a CinemaScope aspect ratio Dragonfly model from Snap AV, with high-def images beamed from a SIM2 Domino D60 DLP projector.
The audio can be heard loud and clear but the gear is all hidden. Spire outfitted the room with architectural speakers from Monitor Audio, and also concealed a powerful Velodyne subwoofer under the theater screen.
Other winning solutions in here include automation and controls from Control4, including a sleek touchpanel to work everything, and automated lighting and shade solutions from Lutron. Some fine leather seating completes the viewing experience.
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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.