October 08, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
They scaled down the ark, and much to Indiana’s delight, there are no snakes slithering around theater seats. The room does have a few other trinkets to impress movie buffs though, including replicas of the Holy Grail, a jacket, hat, whips, torches and more—including the idol from the opening of the original movie.
However, not everything can be found in either of the first three adventures—or even the sneak peeks of the fourth Indy installment, which are floating all over the Internet. Charrois says the most bizarre addition was the homeowner’s idea: “I don’t know if you can tell but the owner had his face put in the picture on the door.”
At completion, the room had plenty of A/V equipment and three remotes, which included Lutron’s Grafik Eye system for theater lighting. The lighting remains, but since the install was completed, the couple has added a Control4 Home Theater Controller.
Charrois only has one regret: “The hieroglyphic symbols on each side of the stage are ¼-inch MDF that I had cut out with a laser,” he says. “They were all individually sanded by hand and spray painted gold. I originally didn’t do it because I thought it would take too long. Looking back now, it would have looked very cool!”
Since it was finished in 2005, this theater has had a few tweaks, including adding the Control4 equipment, more painting and a few additional props. If they’re planning a sequel, let’s just hope it doesn’t take them almost 20 years.
Charrois is currently the project manager of theater design for True Home Cinema Xperience in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Special thanks to the Home Theater Blog for help with this story.
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