A Stargate Atlantis Theater is Born
Sci-fi geek spends $70,000 on dream home theater.
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December 03, 2009 by Steven Castle

Side panels add Stargate ambiance, but also function as acoustic panels to help absorb the sound.

Faux-finished walls give the room a rough, steel effect.

The fiber-optic starscape from Numinus shows comets appearing in every 30 seconds to one minute intervals. Cove lighting in the dome can be adjusted to create different effects, like that of galactic clouds.

Can You Do That?
Ka-ching, you’re thinking. And yes, this Stargate-themed theater did cost a bundle. What do you think it cost?

  1. About $200,000.
  2. About $150,000.
  3. About $70,000.

If you answered $200,000, you’re wrong. But that was a quote from another company to do this theater. (And they didn’t get the job.)

If you answered $150,000, you’re also wrong . But according to Phil Chaney of audio/video installer and room designer Visual Concepts in Louisville, Ky., that would have been about the cost had a lot of different designers worked on the project.

Visual Concepts, he explains, has an in-house interior designer on staff, and the company also has partnerships with other vendors like Sound Answer of Nashville, Tenn., which did the acoustical treatments; and that helps to keep costs down.

That brings us to the real cost of this theater: about $70,000. It’s still a huge chunk of money, especially in this economy. And it goes to show you that you can splurge on something like a highly themed theater and save some money at the same time.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

Installer/Equipment List

System Design & Installation
Visual Concepts
Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn.

Acoustic Treatments
Sound Answer
Nashville, Tenn.

The Buttorff Company
Pewee Valley, Ky.

JVC RS1 1080p projector
2nd dedicated light projector
Marantz SR8002 receiver
Polk SWA5000 sub amplifier
Polk IW155 in-wall subs (2)
Control4 automation controller - controller, lighting, 10-inch touchscreen, automated interface for door controls and lighting scenes
Atlantic Tech. Speaker package - THX series LCRs for fronts and Dipole/Bipole Surround speakers for Surrounds and Surround Back Channels
Sony 777 Changers (2)
Samsung Blu-ray Player
Key digital A/V switch
Middle Atlantic rack
Pneumatic doors

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