Frequently Asked Questions


Your home cinema is completely bespoke so the cost of this entirely depends on what level of technology you want to install in your home. Each cinema is priced to you individually based on the job itself however, to give you an idea of what you would need to get started we have outlined some price brackets:

Entry-level: Starting from £20k
Mid-range: Starting from £50k
Showstoppers: Starting from: £100k

What is the best for my Cinema Room: TV or Projector?2020-05-05T11:59:01+00:00

As Cinema Room enthusiasts, we would say a projector for that true cinematic experience. This, of course, depends on the size room you have to use, whether it is your main room, family room or dedicated cinema room. An OLED or LCD can be easily placed on the wall with speakers either side or a projector and screen are easier to hide in a ceiling and can provide as large an image as the dimensions of your room allows.

The quality of home cinema projectors is constantly improving and the images are of extremely high quality. Projectors require near darkness in order to produce the best images, though ambient light is not as much a problem as with earlier models. A flat-screen can provide a good solution if this is a problem.

In professional cinemas, the speakers are always placed behind the screen so the sound comes from the picture making the whole experience more genuine. With projector-based cinemas, we design in the same way. We use acoustically transparent screens with speakers behind. The screen and projector can be fixed in a dedicated room, or be motorised and hidden when not in use.

We use Artcoustic speakers as they are slim, wall-mounted and perfect for both fixed and hidden systems. In hidden systems, the speakers remain in place while the screen disappears but the clever Artcoustic design means they complement the room and don’t look like a big piece of cinema kit. This makes them ideal for living rooms, games rooms etc. If a system is based around a plasma or LCD screen then the speakers should be placed around the screen to give the best sound stage possible.

CAN I TRANSFORM AN EXISTING ROOM?2020-05-05T11:56:35+00:00

 Of course! We transform just as many existing rooms into home cinemas as we do new builds. Transform a barely used room into something you can enjoy with your friends and family.

Basements are a great option as they are often rooms that are used for junk and unused items and won’t have any windows, creating an ideal environment for a home cinema.

However, converting your spare bedroom is still an option. We can install and integrate automated black out blinds that are controlled to automatically close once the cinema is turned on. We can also add smart lighting that will dim the lights to the perfect viewing environment.

WHAT SCREEN SHOULD I GO FOR?2020-05-05T11:55:22+00:00

 The size and choice of screen is very much dependent on the size and purpose of the room. TVs are able to offer a crisper image and are great for sports and TV shows however, a projector screen works better with larger rooms as they offer better viewing angles and ultimately better for watching movies, even the largest TV can’t compare to the largest projector screens available.

There’s whole range of possibilities when it comes to getting the screen right. For example, they’re typically made out of an acoustically transparent material meaning that we can install the speakers behind it. This is how commercial cinemas do it! However, something that is becoming more and more popular is using a material with Ambient Light Rejection (ALR). It’s a bit like polarised sunglasses – they reject the light you don’t want that causes glare creating a clearer view. ALR screens reject the ‘normal’ light from the room and only reflect the light that is shone from the projector. This means that they work really well in rooms where traditionally projections wouldn’t, such as bright rooms with lots of windows. Have you ever been sat in front of a presentation and the picture is all washed out, making you close the blinds to see what’s going on? Not anymore! We have installed some fantastic ALR screens and the image is great. Almost as good as a giant TV!

If there’s one thing that takes your Cinema to the next level, it’s the sound. Typical cinemas have a 5.1 surround setup, that is five speakers + 1 subwoofer. These are arranged as centre front for all the dialogue, left/right front for the main action, and left/right rear for the ‘surround’ effect.

It is now becoming more common to install a 7.1 setup which includes an extra pair of left/right directly in line with your ears (halfway between the front and back pair) as this is where your hearing is actually most sensitive.

However, the current buzz word is Object Orientated Audio. The most well-known of these is Dolby Atmos. This works in an entirely different way; by using a range of speakers strategically placed around the room you are in, from all directions! This means that the sounds can be placed anywhere within the room. They are no longer limited to simply being panned from side to side, but front to back, and top to bottom.

When the sound for the movie is being mixed the position of the source can be virtually “placed” anywhere within the room. Trains can whizz past you, helicopters can fly over you, and bullets can even fly through you.

This also means that the overall acoustics of the room are very important for all these effects to work. Therefore, the materials we use on the walls aren’t simply for that “Odeon” effect, they help absorb unwanted frequencies and often conceal specialists’ panels to help control the lower bass frequencies too.

Cinema design can certainly be an art. We have some fantastic suppliers that we can take you to for demonstrations of how a Cinema should sound.

Oh, and if you want a popcorn machine, the we can do that too!

Who Should Have a Cinema Room?2020-05-05T11:54:11+00:00

Everyone who likes Cinema in the comfort of their own home! Choosing which equipment is best for your circumstances can be a difficult process. Cinema Rooms makes that decision for you. Creating the simplest home cinema installation takes expertise and knowledge and if you like your movies you want your cinema room installation to be seamless and ‘user-friendly’ then it’s best to let the professionals take care of it for you.

Home Cinema Room Design

Cinema Room will even design your home cinema room for you so you can see exactly what you room will look.

What is a Home Cinema?2020-05-05T11:52:44+00:00

An integrated and installed Cinema Room in your home which can consist of speakers with a projector and screen or a flat-screen TV.

A Bespoke Cinema Room in your home when professionally installed will be the right system for your room and usage, and have hidden cabling, beautiful installation, ease of use and be calibrated to achieve excellent sound and picture. The end result: an experience for you and your family to enjoy every day.

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