Antique Theater by Admit One Home Cinema

Picture a 14,000 sqft mansion built on the bluffs of St. Paul MN in 1910. The home is being renovated for updated infrastructure but the wish of the client is to keep it period specific, in which the majesty of the home is maintained from its era but updated for todays technology. One of the rooms on the third floor was designated to be a home theater space. The wish of the client is to have each of the third floor rooms be a "destination" in itself for a special experience.

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Antique Theater by Admit One Home Cinema

Picture a 14,000 sqft mansion built on the bluffs of St. Paul MN in 1910. The home is being renovated for updated infrastructure but the wish of the client is to keep it period specific, in which the majesty of the home is maintained from its era but updated for todays technology.

One of the rooms on the third floor was designated to be a home theater space. The wish of the client is to have each of the third floor rooms be a "destination" in itself for a special experience.

The clients request was to incorporate a top notch screening room but to integrate the equipment as much as possible to conceal the technology within the room. The aesthetic concept for the room was "antique theater" This did pose issues for the design of the room, since it exists in the very top of the house the ceiling is vaulted at a slant and we wanted to maximize the seating in a room that was somewhat of an awkward dimension. The room is a long rectangle only allowing for a center isle. We wanted to keep the equipment relatively close to the room, however without a separated space to hide it in nearby our only option was to place it in the room with the home owners who did not want to see any of the equipment. We also had to find a way to incorporate a huge 4k Sony projector into the room in an aesthetically pleasing way, not to mention the speakers & subwoofers for the ATMOS configuration.

Lets start with the equipment. We had a rack that we hoped to incorporate into a side wall but after looking at the dimensions of the equipment and walls it proved to be impossible. We had to get creative, there was an ideal place in the room right by the entrance for an equipment rack but we couldn't just throw it into a free standing rack exposing it to everyone right when they walked in the room. In the spirit of keeping the room period specific we came up with the idea to integrate a custom built ticket booth counter with a hinged door that would open to reveal the slide out equipment rack!

Next the projector, once installed the builder we partnered with made a fantastically detailed wood cover that matches the look of the room. The subwoofers and side speakers are incorporated into the side walls behind acoustical panels. These panels in order to meet the clients aesthetic preference were custom made by our shop with special silk material the designers had selected which was also used for wall paper in the room.

Without sparing any attention to detail we also made custom lighting control plates that incorporate the Lutron Home Works system that also exists throughout the rest of the house. The antique brass plate with old style buttons for each scene incorporate perfectly into the rest of the rooms aesthetic as to not spoil the feel of the space with anything to high tech looking.

The clients were ecstatic with the look of the room and the performance of the space on family movie nights far exceeded expectations! We're very proud of the efforts and outcome involved in this unique space.

System components

JBL Synthesis Equipment:

Loudspeakers
(4) LS360 Flush-Mount In-Ceiling Speaker
(2) S2S-EX Passive Subwoofer
(7) S4VC 3-way LCR Loudspeaker (vertical orientation)

Electronics
(2) SDA-8300 Amplifier 8 channels x 300 Watts bridgeable to 600 Watts
(1) SDEC4500P Equalizer 12 x 20 Channel Equalizer with Interconnects

Other equipment:
Kalaidescape M700 Vault
Kalaidescape M500 Player & 1U Server with (4) 2TB Drives
Stewart Filmscreen 16:9 Firehawk Microperf Screen
Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K SXRD Projector
Integra DHC-80.6 9.2 Channel Network AV Controller