May 03, 2010
by Arlen Schweiger
The wood appearance is only a veneer, according to Smith. It covers layers of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), limp-mass sound barrier and fiberglass material. “It’s a weak link in the sound suppression,” says Smith, “but not too weak.”
First Impressions worked with A/V installer HED South and interior designer Holmes Newman to create the entire structure, down to every nut and bolt, in North Miami, Fla., before shipping and reconstructing it in the owners’ upstate New York home.
“The entire theater was standing up in our facility. The owners walked the risers, sat in the chairs,” Smith says. “Everything is modeled here like it’s going to be in the home, so it’s installed in sections like a puzzle: prefit, precut and numbered.”
First Impressions housed the massive Digital Projection International Titan projector within a steel-bracketed soffit behind special optical glass that eliminates noise leakage. “You just see the flicker of light come out, like at the movie theaters,” says Smith.
For the theater design, the homeowners desired something slick and contemporary to fit with the rest of the house, as this room would be a signature addition to a signature house designed by renowned Peter Gluck and Partners.
The unorthodox blue and charcoal colors help achieve a modern feel, while the special ceiling and lighting — including downlighting, effects, step and stage lights — are definitely slick.
So is the four-way masking on the 174-inch screen that covers the unused top and bottom portions when superwide 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies are shown. The slightly curved, overlaid and LED-backlit acoustical panels, as is the concealed and powerful Genelec surround-sound system. And don’t forget the supple and slick Italian leather CineLounger seats, manufactured by First Impressions and custom-dyed to match the wall panels.
There’s even a companion seat for the homeowners’ dogs, who chow on Pup Corn, naturally.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.