Enjoy Your Movie in Style
Exhibits within museums and art galleries are in rooms large and tall enough to let the sound of 20-30 person groups disperse to a non-distracting decibel level. Reading a good book requires calm and quiet, allowing concentration to visualize the details provided in the story. Sporting events, whether live or televised, call for engaged involvement. Something as simple as a grandfather telling a nighttime story to his grandson needs respect in the form of privacy. Focus is the key to enjoying art and entertainment.
Movie theaters preface the beginning of a movie with a public announcement to turn off all mobile devices to avoid noise and light pollution. The introduction of the characters, the development of the plot, and the unveiling of the storyline and all of its twists need to be appreciated in order for the film to make sense. The décor of the viewing room can affect both picture and sound quality, so a proper set up is essential for a successful movie night. A home theater room should follow the same principles of a movie theater so that the movie can be the focus of the evening.
A movie theater is so dark that the opening of the theater door causes enough light pollution to distract. A home theater room should also have a light-absorbing décor. Inadequately covered windows can brighten the room, taking away from the movie experience. Reflective colors on the ceiling and walls can dull the projection image in the same way that a mobile device screen in sunlight needs more brightness to be seen. The same is true of reflective paints; go with eggshell or flat instead of semi-gloss or glossy paints. Projectors project colors, which means they don’t project black (the absence of color). Brightening a projected image will make the blacks go gray, weakening the full visual effect of the movie.
Sound and Room Type
The shape and architecture of the room can influence the success of the showing. Glass redirects and distorts sound, so if it isn’t possible to set up a theater room in a space with no windows, then heavy window coverings are a must. Blackout shades will prevent light from entering but may not be heavy enough to protect the sound. Cloth absorbs sound, so a dense material should be used to complement the blackout shades.
Square rooms tend to have a distorted sound projection as well. The sound in a square-shaped room can be completely different for two people who are sitting only three feet apart. A rectangular room provides good acoustics for movie sound. The room should be arranged so that the projection is on a shorter wall, allowing the length of the walls to carry the sound.
Carpet treats sound kindly (it’s also comfortable for laying on when watching a movie). Avoid harder surfaces like hardwood flooring or tile since the sound will bounce everywhere and the light will reflect off the surface. When choosing carpet, choose neutral toned browns or tans. Stronger colored carpets can affect the visual presence of the picture. If a rug is preferred over the permanence of carpet, a pad should be used underneath it to help deaden any potential stray sound.
The movie theater experience at home in Wilmington, NC is special: making your own popcorn, having your own snacks, not needing to put down a mortgage to watch a movie with family and friends. Comfortable seating, great sound, great picture, and the freedom of not being potentially bothered by others creates a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy a good film. Make your movie night experiences as good as it can be by making sure the movie is the only thing getting attention when the lights go dim.