Thursday, November 7, 2013

10 Unique Home Theater Themes

These 10 unique home theater themes show off the newest and most elaborate trends in home theater design.

1. Beam Me Up, Scotty
Walking into this unique home theater feels eerily similar to walking aboard the Starship Enterprise or Voyager. Equipped with computer-controlled LED lighting, this virtual spaceship can change from color to color at the touch of a button - even to "red alert" if problems arise. The room has 11 seats, a large screen and state-of-the-art electronics. Designed by Audio Advisors, Inc. in West Palm Beach, Fla., the room is so impressive it was named best overall themed theater in 2007 by CEDIA, an organization of leading custom home theater installation contractors.

2. To The Batcave!
While this is only a conceptual rendering, Elite Home Theater Seating owner Bobby Bala describes what it's been like designing the ultimate batcave home theater. "I think it will surpass everyone's expectations," he says. One feature the theater will have that isn't shown is a life-size replica of the Bat Mobile seen in The Dark Knight, which will sit in an adjacent room. He also plans to add a lobby and concession area, and a few cozy details straight out of the Wayne Manor to avoid a too-cold, cave-like feel in the room. Bala expects the theater and surrounding rooms to be finished in the next few months.

3. Hoop Dreams
This media room is any NBA fan's dream come true. Equipped with more than 20 plasma and LCD displays, a bar/kitchenette, bathrooms, and billiard and poker area, basketball lovers have no reason to leave. HomeTronics, Inc., of Dallas, designed this sports paradise, which even includes motorized telescopic poles around the poker table that lower screens from the ceiling, allowing each player to watch whichever game they want. This room took home CEDIA's 2006 best overall media room award, and for good reason.

4. For Art's Sake
Disguised as a stunning art gallery, this home theater features a stealthy but innovative design. It is adorned with beautiful works of art but also boasts a retractable 14-foot multimedia screen, drop-down plasma screens, and a hidden gallery kitchen and guest quarters. Designed by Baumesiter Electronic Architects of Niles, Ill., this artsy room is the perfect place to entertain guests in a variety of ways.

5. $6 Million Theater
Dubbed the $6 million theater, this media room leaves almost nothing to be desired. Designed and built by Jeremy R. Kipnis of Kipnis Studios, the theater offers the most incredible sensory experience. The screen, which is 22 feet diagonally, is state-of-the-art: When a movie begins, the screen vanishes to reveal a mirage-like image fidelity bringing you right into the action. The theater also includes a double-story balcony, orchestra section and special acoustic materials that help make the room completely noise isolated.

6. Lord of the Theaters
Inspired by one of the most popular movie franchises in history, this Lord of the Rings themed home theater offers a unique flair with its cutting-edge technology. Equipped with a wireless touch-screen monitor, huge theater screen and comfortable chairs and bar area, the theater brings the movies to life. Silver Screen & Sound, Inc. of Towson, Md., designed this beautiful one-of-a-kind room.

7. The Roaring 20s
Another creation by Elite Home Theater Seating is this theater designed in 1920s movie palace style. The ornate home theater features 12 plush chairs with custom-patterned fabric; a chandelier and small wall lamps to add warmth; and a coffered ceiling treatment with custom moldings and an embossed copper ceiling. The upscale theater is the pinnacle of class and elegance, complete with pillars and embossed wall texturing.

8. A Movie Gold Mine
This unusual home theater is the ultimate underground experience made to feel like a mine shaft. The home is located in a town known for mining in the 1800s, and the experts at Aurant in West Valley City, Utah, made sure the theater reflected that atmosphere. From the long entrance hall leading down to the dark mine that doubles as the theater, every detail stays true to theme.

9. Rockin' Around the Theater
It's impossible not to have a rockin' good time in this 1950s diner-inspired entertainment center. Not only does it feature a theater screen surrounded by a mural of the classic drive-in scene, but it also includes a private bowling alley and incredible decor. Audio One Sound and Video Inc. in Miami also amped up the theater system with 12 speakers, two subwoofers and a high-end front projector.

10. Beneath the Stars
A work of art itself, this French country chateau theater was inspired by French architectural design. Its emphasis on lavish interiors and close attention to detail bring viewers out of the theater and into the countryside. Aurant in West Valley City, Utah, turned this room into a beautiful star-studded home theater.

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