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September 26, 2008 By Jean Penn
A Kentucky client modifies First Impressions Theme Theatre Inc.’s showroom theater for his own private screening room.
A single man building a three-story riverside home in Bowling Green, Ky., decided it would be fun to be able to entertain his friends in a custom-built home theater whenever the Tennessee Titans and Western Kentucky basketball and football games are on television.
The next step in creating this dream space involved stumbling across a magazine story about First Impressions Themed Theatres Inc. and its custom-designed home theaters.
Soon enough, the future home theater owner and his buddy took a detour from their Florida golfing vacation to meet with company owner Jeffrey Smith in North Miami.
The house had been under construction for more than a year, said the client, and the space allotted for the theater was not built out. It totaled a little less than 600 square feet in size. Smith determined that his client wanted his theater experience to be a “guy thing,” so he suggested the addition of what he calls a “buddy bar” in the back of the theater with two extra café tables for overflow seating during sporting events. Adjacent to the kitchen would be a fully equipped catering kitchen, a billiard/game area and a gymnasium.
After putting together an estimate, Smith provided a ballpark estimate of about $300,000 and said he could deliver the theater in less than four months—and before Christmas. The client was happy with Smith’s proposal. “I knew if I was going to get something nice, it would be pricey,” the client says.
Much to Smith’s delight, the client fell in love with his company’s Art Deco-style demonstration theater known as the Starlite Electronic Video Theatre, and chose to replicate many of the features in First Impressions’ demo cinema.
“The form follows function demands of home theater design are perfectly suited to the fluid Chrysler car look that came out of the industrial ’30s,” says Smith, alluding to his showroom theater.
After completing the interior design plan, Smith’s team drew up the elaborate technical drawings. Factors such as the video projector throw distance for screen visibility, the appropriate screen size for the room, and the placement of loudspeakers for optimum acoustical performance were factored into the blueprints before the interior design touches were added. “Only once we know it will work, do we decorate,” Smith says.
Knowing there was enough of a budget to do something extra special, Smith incorporated custom-made torchieres and an elaborate ceiling treatment that’s illuminated with ice-blue LED lighting.
Smith chose a color palette of olive green and cranberry, and integrated those colors directly into the custom-made wool carpet that bears an Art Deco pattern.