Bronze Winner
Return of the “Titanic” Theater
Take another look inside a "Titanic"-inspired home theater.
image
Photo by Steven Long
Slideshow
image
View Slideshow

May 01, 2007 by Steven Castle

Remember the staircase scene in the movie Titanic? Who would have thought you could make a home theater out of it.

But that’s what theater designer Donnie Hackett of Casa Cinema Design came up with, basing the elegant starlit dome of this theater on the one from the set of the blockbuster movie. The engineered wood pieces were made to look like elegant wrought iron and were suspended by cables. More than a thousand fiber-optic light strands in the dome give the effect of the night sky.

“One night I was flipping through the channels, and I saw the scene on the staircase. I bought a copy of the movie and freeze framed it so I could simulate the design,” Hackett says.
Hackett and electronic company Professional Audio Video Engineering (PAVE) conspired to build the theater for a Parade of Homes showcase in Nashville, TN.

The room provides other titanic luxuries, too, such as a projector and screen that beam superwide CinemaScope pictures like those shown in commercial theaters. In fact, this room featured the first CinemaScope installation with a Vidikron projector in Tennessee. The Vidikron Model 30 ET projector shines its 2.35:1 image—wider that HDTV’s 16:9 image—onto a custom-made 120-inch screen.

Curved pocket doors in the back open at the press of a button, and a motorized bookcase swings open to allow entry into the adjoining pub room. The equipment is hidden behind a framed picture in the back, which lowers at the press of a button. Meanwhile, high-end LSA Group front speakers and TruAudio surround channels are located in the front pillars and ceiling and receive their signals from a Marantz receiver and DVD player. Everything is controlled by a Crestron home control and lighting system.

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.
Find an Installer in your Area — Find custom electronics installers who provide infrastructure wiring, lighting systems, security, home automation, audio and video systems, and much more. Find an Installer
Home Theater $250,001+
Gold Winner: Theater Built Without Attachments
Silver Winner: An Audio System that Spares No Expense
Bronze Winner: High Stakes Home Theater
Home Theater $100,001-$250,000 Gold Winner: Colonial House Gets Home Theater Update
Silver Winner: Vintage Home Theater
Bronze Winner: Return of the "Titanic" Theater
Home Theater $50,001-$100,000
Gold Winner: The Multipurpose, Multitasking Entertainment Room
Silver Winner: Benefits of the Latest and Greatest
Bronze Winner: Home Theater with Waterfalls
Home Theater $25,001-$50,000
Gold Winner: Big Room Requires Big Theater
Silver Winner: Room Within Room Traps Theater Sound
Bronze Winner: Home Theater Bachelor Pad on a Budget
Home Theater $10,001-$10,000
Gold Winner: Experience Pays Off With Second Theater
Silver Winner: Three-Car Garage Reborn as Home Theater
Bronze Winner: Homeowner Expertise Leads to Easy Theater Installation
Green Home
Gold Winner: Electronics and Environment Coexist in EcoManor

Family/Media Room
Gold Winner: Commissioning a Theater Masterpiece
Silver Winner: Push a Button, Pick a Screen
Bronze Winner: Kid-Friendly Home Theater
Fun Room
Gold Winner: Remodeled A/V Rec Room Serves as Icebreaker
Silver Winner: Old Boat Turned into Unique Bar
Bronze Winner: The A/V Comfort Cave
Kitchen
Gold Winner: Kitchen With Perfect Line of Sight
Silver Winner: Dual LCDs Pop Up from Kitchen Counter
Bronze Winner: An Easy Recipe for Kitchen Music
Master Bath
Gold Winner: Music and Convenience Combine in Master Bath
Silver Winner: Video Screen Hidden Within Bathroom Mirror
Bronze Winner: The Three-Room Bathroom
Master Suite
Gold Winner: TV Lift Built into Wood Floor
Silver Winner: Bedroom Features His and Hers A/V Systems
Bronze Winner: Clunky Media Center Makes Way for Classy A/V
Outdoor Space
Gold Winner: Inflatable Screen, Custom A/V Create Ultimate Party Pool
Silver Winner: Professional Pitcher Warms Up in Tech Spa
Bronze Winner: Watch Video from Both Sides of a Screen
Wow Factor
Gold Winner: Professional Designer Raises Bar in Her Own Home
Silver Winner: Full Control: From TVs to Tiki Torches
Bronze Winner: A Stickler for True Home Theater





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.

EQUIPMENT LIST

    Display
  • Vidikron Model 30 ET w/CineWide lens
  • Custom-made 120-inch curved 2:35:1 screen
  • Audio/Video Components
  • Marantz SR5001 surround receiver
  • Marantz DV4001 DVD player
  • Speakers
  • LSA Group LCR (3)
  • TruAudio REVSUR side and surround speakers (4)
  • Control
  • Crestron TPMC4X touchpanel
  • Crestron CP2E controller
  • Lighting
  • Lutron Spacers (4)

SYSTEM DESIGN & INSTALLATION
Professional Audio Video Engineering (PAVE)
Nashville, TN
615-370-2146
www.proave.com

INTERIOR DESIGN
Casa Cinema Design
Hendersonville, TN


Newsletter Signup
Don't miss a single cool home. Sign up today to receive your FREE weekly e-mail newsletter.
E-mail Address



Topics

Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.