It's all in the performance, that experience of being inside the film. Drama, passion, excitement - from adventures to romantic comedies, with emotions driven by a full-bodied orchestral soundtrack.
The cinema experience is unforgettable - the picture fills your senses and the sound takes you away to another place.
First though, let's look at the issues:
Not just for films
These rooms have many other uses, such as:
Epic Box Sets
Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Stranger Things - incredibly well made, high definition masterpieces with fantastic sound, that can entertain you for hours. You can't even see them at the cinema.
Big and little kids alike can enjoy Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption, or something a little gentler. With immersive picture and sound, there's no better way to be right in the action, yet with huge screen and surround sound, still very social.
Whether you love the rugby, football, golf, or tennis, or all of it - this is as close as it gets to being there, and a great way to watch with friends.
Cinema vs Media Room?
Dedicated Home Cinema
Mixed-use Media Room
Put simply, a dedicated room is a little private cinema, whereas a media room has other uses too. Both have to offer stunning performance, and the same engineering approach is needed for both types.
Cinema vs Media Room:
- Media rooms mostly have windows and work well in the light. Cinemas don't usually have windows, and are much darker.
- A media room hardly ever has rows of seats, cinemas often do.
- Dual display is popular in media rooms - projector system with a flatscreen behind for day-to-day. This works really well - you don't want the news too big!
- Designed according to the key industry standards for audio and video, working from the size of the room.
- High quality - the better the performance level, the more convincing the effect.
- Whichever style you go for, this needs to be special enough that you sit up and take notice.
Cinematic Media Room
The best of both - the true cinema experience, in a relaxed, social space.
This is somewhere you can enjoy genuinely immersive entertainment, and good company afterwards.
Cinematic Media Room
So which should I go for?
Well, here are some ideas to help you choose.
First, what's your gut feel? Close your eyes, imagine having a great time watching films with family or friends. Are you in a private screening room, or a more informal relaxed setting? Great - go with it.
Next, more practically, think about your home, or your build project.
Ground floor extensions often create a darker room in the centre. This room suits either job - and is right by the kitchen, for snacks and drinks. Similarly, not every room in a new build is light and airy. Cinemas are a great use for 'problem child' extra rooms.
Basements work really well - they're already quite dark and while they could have reduced headroom, that's okay when you're seated.
A loft room is absolutely workable, but take care with the roof line, screen size, and noise spill.
Whether it's a boutique cinema room, media room or best of both, we'd love to help you make it a reality.