Theater Strives for Retro Look


Photo by Sights, Sounds and Such

Two fans of the classics wanted the works when it came to their home theater.

Jul. 26, 2007 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sometimes you shouldn’t mess with the classics—even when it comes to modern technology.

Mark and Phyllis wanted the look of a classic pre-1950s theater.  As you enter, you are immediately struck by black marble tiles that have been laser etched to replicate the “Casablanca” movie poster.

A few more steps, and you are enveloped in the rich red and gold tones in the custom designed carpet, complete with a baroque gold medallion reminiscent of the great old time palaces, which only serves to complement the luxurious golden fabric acoustical wall treatments. An art deco popcorn machine and signed movie memorabilia is included to really set the mood in this majestic room. Sink into the luxurious red leather of any of the 12 oversized motorized recliners, and you are getting just a taste of what this room is all about.

With the touch of a button, the lights dim, the window draperies block out all traces of Florida’s 300 days of sunshine, and the curtains part to reveal the 110-inch Stewart screen. This screen is a four-way masking system, which ensures perfect picture viewing regardless of the aspect ratio. Above you, 300 fiber optic stars twinkle in the tray ceiling.

With the help of the 7.1-surround sound system and the stunning picture of a Vidikron high-definition projector, you are ready to be transported into the movie—just hit play.

All the speakers in this theater are hidden behind Quietrooms Technology’s acoustical wall treatments. They use an extruded plastic tracking system that stretches the fabric over the wall for a very clean look. The goal was to contain the sound within the theater as much as possible.

Acoustiblok material was installed behind the walls to block the sound from traveling to the guest bedrooms. The builder also installed foam insulation in all the walls during construction.

The theater system is controlled by a Philips Pronto color LCD remote.

The electronic components are installed in an Avrak, which allows easy access to all the connections. The Avrak is concealed in custom cabinetry in the wet bar area. The theater remote is tied in to the Vantage lighting system, which provides full home automation. The owners can view the entire exterior of the house on the big screen via security cameras. The cameras are also tied in to a DVR and the Internet.

The two-year renovation began in 2005 and involved removing the entire roof of the home and adding a second floor. This allowed them room for a dedicated theater, a hobby room for Mark’s extensive train collection, two additional bedrooms, and two-and-a-half baths.


Systems Design & Installation
Sights, Sounds and Such
539 Bird Key Drive
Sarasota, FL

Murray Homes

Quietrooms Technology


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