July 11, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
Batman may have a pretty cool basement, but can he watch movies in it? Pow! Let the Caped Crusader take the Batmobile to the drive-in; this homeowner is putting his basement to good tech use.
Since the homeowner is a Batman fan, complete with an array of collectible figurines from the series, the installer suggested using his interest as a theme. The homeowner loved the idea.
It’s hard to believe that this space had suffered some damage, due to previous flooding. However, the size and ability to control sound and ambient light made this fortress of solitude the perfect theater spot.
The room measures about 16 feet wide and 20 feet deep, with a low ceiling. This meant the installer needed to conserve space wherever necessary, to accommodate the seating. As part of the conservation plan, the contractor built top-lit boxes to display the figurines, in the form of in-wall sidelights or sconces. It worked very well.
The front wall uses in-wall speakers and Novawall acoustic paneling to create a room that looks and sounds a lot pricer than it is. To accommodate the homeowner’s gaming interests, the installer also added both Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles into the system.
Needless to say, the homeowner says that he spends more time in this room than any other—maybe that’s why he’s still single!
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.