I can put an IMAX in your house

Popular Science - - TALES FROM THE FIELD - THEO KALOMIRAKIS, HOME THE­ATER DE­SIGNER AT RAYVA

In the past 30 years, we’ve moved from do­ing sin­gle the­aters to en­tire themed en­ter­tain­ment en­vi­ron­ments. We had one wealthy client who re­quested a the­ater sur­rounded by a replica Tus­can vil­lage with a pri­vate restau­rant and pizze­ria.

To­day peo­ple want the IMAX treat­ment. I work with IMAX to cre­ate these mas­sive wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceil­ing screens just like you’d see in a full-size the­ater. They re­quire one 4K pro­jec­tor and four sur­round-sound speak­ers. These things start at $200,000 just for the AV hard­ware. Then it’s an­other $120,000 for de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, and in­stal­la­tion.

Only the most wealthy peo­ple have enough space for the full IMAX ex­pe­ri­ence. That comes with a pair of 4K pro­jec­tors and a much big­ger screen, big enough to repli­cate the cinema ex­pe­ri­ence. It can cost $2 mil­lion. We re­cently in­stalled one in Seth MacFar­lane’s home in Bev­erly Hills. It was a 36-seat au­di­to­rium the size of a real the­ater. We cus­tom­ized ev­ery­thing from the seats to acous­tics. That kind of bud­get and space gives you room to be re­ally cre­ative.

as told to Stan Horaczek / il­lus­tra­tion by To­ba­tron

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