Our latest cinema project converted a lack-lustre music room into a high performance private cinema room with an anamorphic 4K ‘super-widescreen’ projection system, tiered seating, 13 channel speaker system and complete control of natural and artificial lighting, with the entire design, build and decoration of the room managed and delivered by SONA.
SONA were originally contacted by this client to transform their existing basic surround system which was located in an under used music room. An avid movie enthusiast, owning hundreds of films and film memorabilia, the client wanted the room to feature Dolby Atmos, if possible using a 7.2.4 speaker arrangement, and incorporate two rows of seating.
Although this was to in principle be a dedicated cinema space, numerous small, and one very large picture window that the client wanted to retain had to be considered in our design.
Our initial activities were to accurately measure the room and carry out speaker position calculations along with seating and projection throw calculations to determine if speakers could even be placed in the correct locations, and we could achieve tiered seating whilst maintaining sight lines.
Our designers used CAD to draw the room and precisely position equipment in line with Dolby Atmos specifications. This allowed us to confirm that we could incorporate the system that the client wanted, whilst meeting performance criteria.
Once we had confirmed that we could physically place speakers and equipment where we needed to, it became apparent that significant works would be required to incorporate everything into the media room whilst ensuring that the cinema was a comfortable and pleasant space to spend multiple hours in.