Many citizens used to enjoy going to the movies before the COVID-19 outbreak brought with it conditions disallowing the frequenting of public places, such as restaurants, religious worship houses, and even cinemas. The ‘new normal’ as it has become known, has forced us to change the way we think, and how we partake in our relaxing pastimes.
Numerous families have opted to install their own cinemas within the privacy of their home or garden. A bonus of this is not having to pay for popcorn or other confections. It also saves on travel costs and because of this, the world’s carbon footprint is reduced.
We bet you’re wondering how you can build your own home screening theatre.
Firstly, consider the size of the screen and the maximum number of people your cinema will need to accommodate. From there, you can calculate the square footage your space will need to be.
You’ll obviously want it to feel like an external experience even though you’ll still be on your property, so you will need a loose standing structure for your project. Log Cabins make wonderful home cinemas and are available in a range of shapes and sizes.
Your budget will dictate how much you can spend, but there are three fundamental aspects you cannot afford to skimp on:
- Potential noise disturbance: The last thing you want is a neighbour hammering on the door telling you to turn down your expensive surround sound system. One of the best ways to reduce your sound output is to soundproof the space, but it can be an expensive exercise. More economical options include carpet tiles for the walls and floor and acoustic tiles for the ceiling. These fittings will assist in the absorption of noise, rather than causing it to echo outdoors.
- Comfort: Think for a minute how many movie tickets you’ve purchased in the past couple of years. Quite a few, no doubt? Now consider the chairs in the cinema you often visited; they weren’t all that comfortable, were they? You’re going to be spending many hours in your home cinema, so invest in multifunctional seating, such as snug recliners.
- High-quality sound equipment: Any cinematic experience is enhanced by great surround sound. Set aside a substantial part of your budget to procure the best system you can afford.
One of the most special things about having a home cinema is that you, your family and your friends can enjoy time together without having to spend a lot of money. The cost of living seems to constantly be rising as people in all income brackets feel the pinch of the pandemic on their pockets.
Being able to share a movie together brings a small sense of normality back into life and affords you the time to socially interact, which is a crucial part of surviving during lockdown. Or, if you need a solo escape, you can watch the latest blockbuster on your own, curled up on your easy chair, crunching on your popcorn as loudly as you want.
The only things that are left for you to do are: choose a movie, make some popcorn, and relax!