Immersive Private Cinema

An incredible private home cinema in the basement of this converted vicarage provides a luxurious and indulgent space to switch off from the world and relax with friends and family to enjoy the latest movies, television and sporting events with ultra high definition images and immersive audio.

The Brief

As part of a whole home technology installation, SONA were asked to create a dedicated home cinema in the basement of this private home.  This room was completely empty, with bare brick walls and ceilings when the project was started, and alongside the interior designer we were tasked with designing, detailing and delivering a room where the family and their friends could escape with the very latest movies and programmes.

Our Solution

As with all our private cinema systems, SONA designers started by creating computer drawings of the floor, walls and ceiling, before positioning seating, speakers and screen to meet industry and technical specifications.  This particular cinema features a Dolby Atmos, immersive audio system, with speakers located around the room on the walls, and also above the room in the ceiling.  To ensure the very best performance and that the system can recreate the most accurate three dimensional soundstage, placement of the speakers is critical.
Building the room in a computer allows our designer to extremely accurately position all speakers, and carry out other calculations such as ensuring the viewing distance to the screen is comfortable and specification for the projector lens.

We worked with the exceptional interior designer Keeley Green on this cinema, who developed a panelled concept for the room, which our design team then implemented to the walls, creating symmetry in the room, and keeping the aesthetic concept, whilst incorporating specific speaker positions, and practical elements such as lighting, steps and the entrance door.

An illuminated, coffered ceiling featuring acoustic stretched material provides visual interest above the seating and allowed the ceiling speakers to be completely invisible and incorporate acoustic treatment.

This cinema features a specialist anamorphic projection system, which you can read more details on here and a 13 channel Dolby Atmos sound system with 4000W of amplifier power.

The entire system is controlled through a bespoke iPad user interface and hand-held remote, with guests simply having to press a single button to select the source they would like to enjoy, and the system automatically configuring the room around them, activating the audio and video equipment, whilst simultaneously dimming the lighting and adjusting the projection screen.

A Kaleidescape movie server allows the family to download and enjoy the latest films in the highest possible audio and video quality, presented through an incredibly intuitive on screen interface that automatically groups content based on genre, actor, director and other information, and provides instant playback of a film, just like at the local cinema.