A Godfather-Themed Theater You Can’t Refuse
A very large acoustical treatment with custom print makes this room as enticing as a cannoli.
FINALIST: Best Home Theater $50,000 to $100,000
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 Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Systems Design and Installation
Spire Integrated Systems
Troy, Mich.

Equipment List
Lutron QED Roller Shade
Integra DTR 50.1 Receiver
Samsung BDP-3600 Blu-ray
APC H15 Power Conditioner
Tripp Lite HT1000UPS battery back up
Impact Acoustics 3x5 component video matrix w/audio
Luxul wireless Pro-wav w/Netgear WG102WAP
Monitor Audio Speakers
Netgear Router with 16 port switch
SIM2 D60 Projector
Velodyne DLS-400R subwoofer
Snap AV Interconnects, Filmscreen, TV mounts/racks
Apple TV
Dish Network HD-DVR
Control4 home automation
Lutron lighting controls

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