Turn Your Living Room into a Home Cinema
Why bother traipsing along to the local multiplex to catch the latest movie releases when it’s easy to get the cinema feel in your own living room? It’s impossible to keep up with all of the latest movies on the big screen, especially at peak times of year when several are all released at the same time. Going to the cinema is expensive, and when you’ve other commitments at the same time, sometimes missing that latest “must-see” movie is unavoidable.
If you’ve missed the latest instalment of your favourite film franchise in the cinema, then there’s no option but to wait until it comes out on Blue-Ray or DVD, or you can stream it onto your television from Netflix, Amazon or Sky. But too often, watching a movie at home doesn’t offer the same experience as sitting in the cinema and watching it on the big screen. We don’t believe it has to be that way though. With a bit of planning and some clever technology, you can easily recreate the cinema experience in your very own living room.
However big your television, the only way to get that true cinema experience is to invest in a proper projector and shine the movie against a wall. Any wall will do, and it doesn’t even need to be perfectly white. Any light-coloured wall will do, as long as it doesn’t have patterned wallpaper, radiator or pictures hanging on it. Setting up the projector is very straightforward; just connect it up to your laptop and hit the play button.
Another option is to invest in a projector screen which can be attached high up on the wall and pull it down when you want to watch a movie. If you want to be able to move the projector screen around the house, take it on holiday or have a movie night at a friend’s house, then look for a freestanding portable screen which can be stored in a cupboard out of the way when you’re not using it.
Lower the Lights
You can’t get the cinema feel when the daylight is streaming in through the windows. Blackout blinds are usually associated with bedrooms to stop people being woken by early morning sunshine, but work equally well in a living room too. As well as daylight, blackout blinds will eliminate glow from streetlamps and the glare of car headlights too. Blackout blinds and curtains are widely available and despite the name aren’t black. Blackout blinds and linings are thicker than usual and with a special backing which allows no light to penetrate. If you quite like your existing curtains then you can also buy blackout linings which can be attached to the back of your existing curtains.
No cinema trip would be complete without freshly made popcorn. If you haven’t got a popcorn maker at home then take a trip to your local supermarket; all sell large bags of cinema style sweet or salty popcorn. While you’re there, pick up some bags of chocolate, crisps and a few soft drinks to complete the cinema experience.
Sound is a huge part of the cinema experience and the huge cinema chains spend millions on top quality speakers and systems to give an immersive experience. Music and sound makes a massive difference to our enjoyment of the movie, but you can recreate this feel at home with a surround sound system.
All large technology companies will sell surround sound systems with speakers and sound bars and can give advice on where you should position the speakers in relation to your screen and sofa for the maximum effect. Once you’ve created the cinema experience at home you’ll never have to spend a Saturday queuing at a multiplex again.