Old Meets New at a Drive-in Home Theater
The good-ol’ drive-in theater gets a high-tech makeover in this prized home.
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GOLD WINNER: Best Themed Theater
July 23, 2010 by Steven Castle

The JVC DLA-HD750 projector was selected for its outstanding picture quality and ability to accommodate a Panamorph moving lens system, which is needed to produce the superwide CinemaScope images. The JVC projector and Panamorph motorized lens are situated on a custom-made mounting plate to keep them secure, which is mounted above the back row of old theater chairs, which the owners lovingly refurbished.

Even the old steel lights, which can be operated via the Control4 system, are tethered to poles with snakes of metal conduit—another authentic touch.

A Blu-ray and DVD player is tucked inside a nearby closet for convenience, but the rest of the equipment is located on a rack in a mechanical room.

“We used the Control4 [home control] system to ensure integration with the rest of the house, and for its easy-to-use remote and on-screen display,” says Montjoy.

The Control4 system is also responsible for one of the most important but underrated features of this home drive-in theater: the keypad at its entrance. “We worked hard to make this easy to use,” says Montjoy. “There are three buttons on the keypad that when pressed, set the room up for various functions. When the MOVIE button is pressed, it allows the lights to go all the way down for when the movie is started and for a low-light mode when paused. For the GAME mode, the lights are dimmed but are brighter than in the MOVIE mode, and the pause and play modes change as well. A third KID’S MOVIE button gives yet another mode so that kids can have a little more light.”

Yep, we’ve come a long way from those campy drive-in days of the Fifties and Sixties.

The picture is a whole lot better as well. The video system in this theater is so good, Montjoy says, that when the owner watched Avatar he emailed Montjoy and said that it was better than when he saw it in the theater.

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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.

Systems Design and Installation
Colorado Media Systems
Colorado Springs, Colo.
www.coloradomediasystems.com

Murals
Jesard Airbrush Arts
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Equipment List
Marantz SR6004 AV Receiver
LG BD390 Blu-ray player
Control4 HC500
Control4 SR250
Control4 SR150
Control4 Dimmers
Control4 Mini Touch
Card Access Mini Remote
Cisco Router
Netgear PoE Switch
Monster Power HTS3600
NHT Classic Four Tower Speakers
NHT IW4 in-wall speakers
NHT Classic 12 Subwoofer
NHT IC3 In-Ceiling speakers
JVC DAL-HD750 Projector
Panamorph UH480 anamorphic lens
Omnimount Projector Mount
129” Vutec Vision X dual aspect screen
Cable Labs HDMI Baluns
Middle Atlantic Racks
Middle Atlantic Custom Rackshelves
BEAM Central Vacuum System
Auralex MetroFusors
Owens Corning 703


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