The Movie Theater is Dead, Long Live the Home Theater

So you think you want a home theater. Great idea. Who wants to trudge over to the local cinema in the rain, buy expensive tickets, and take your chances on good visibility?  Besides, it’s tiresome to hear intrusive chatter and feel dirty feet propped on the back of your seat.

Some say the movie theater is dead.  (Well, they are certainly smaller!) It’s probably not entirely true for kids and teens, but adults seem to go less and less. If they do, it is a special occasion to be sure and there is nothing really like the real thing. But busy lives means little time for a couple of stolen hours in the dark on Sunday. However, most people still want to see the latest films not available yet on regular TV. They would love to do it at their convenience—hassle-free.

If you are thinking of converting a basement room or unused den into a home theater, you have hit the nail on the head for facility and flexibility. You can entertain friends, amuse guests, keep the kids occupied, and indulge whenever you like.  This is freedom! The question is what to install and at what price. The options are numerous. It is a sophisticated realm requiring forethought and a considerable budget to get superior results.

Designing a good space takes a professional consultant, and there are services that do just that. They will consider how many seats, the size of the screen, and the quality of the sound and visual equipment for everyday use. You can count on a custom job once you provide details of your specific needs and desires. You can, of course, do it yourself if you do a lot of legwork. Basically, you need a high definition system including a TV, speakers, receiver, surround sound, Blu-ray player, etc. Don’t forget Internet connectivity and to look at a variety of options to make sure your choices are adequate and within budget. It’s all about a top quality picture and mind-blowing sound.

Once in place, the movie world is your oyster. You can watch in the middle of the night or on a day off from work. Nothing is better than a relaxing two hours in a comfortable leather arm chair with a tasty bowl of flavored popcorn on your lap and a cold beer at your side! You can use the pause button and check your email at will, tend to personal matters, or stop for a nap.  No worries about parking in the far distance from the theater or settling for noisy gum-chewing spectators. Forget $5 for a soda and $8 for a candy bar. Your own home is the ultimate in cinematic pleasure.

What’s more, you can share it with others.  Why not have a baseball game day, a Super Bowl party, a children’s birthday bash, or a bachelor party. There is no end to uses for your home theater space. Keep the wet bar stocked, the refrigerator full, and keep the guests coming.