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Every now and then, a fabulous idea comes along and it just makes sense. If you, like many others, enjoy the big screen experience of a luxury in-theater dining experience at Cinepolis, you will absolutely love the possibility of your very own home theatre. It's a fabulous concept, and a feasible reality. Think of the possibilities – a giant-sized screen with an authentic cinema look and feel? Your own private cinema… What a win!
Naturally, the first question on your mind relates to cost. How much is this grandiose idea going to set you back? A couple of hundred dollars? Perhaps a couple of thousand dollars? The attractiveness of an in-theatre home entertainment experience is inversely proportional to its cost. The moment the costs start spiraling out of control, it's suddenly much more attractive to simply round up the kids, and your significant other, and head on over to the movies.
An Authentic Big Screen Experience at Home
But what if you could replicate that incredible movie-theatre experience from the comforts of home? It's totally doable, and you don't have to break the bank either. Let's take it step-by-step, breaking down the costs into manageable components. The screen – that's a great place to start. You may or may not need a screen, depending on the layout of your home, the color of the paint on your walls, and whether you're actually prepared to think outside the box. We recently set up a home theatre using nothing but a white sheet suspended from our living room curtain rail.
Of course, it's a little tacky but it works. If you're looking for a better experience, you could simply project your movie onto a white wall. This is another zero-cost option which plays out beautifully for the family. If you don't have white walls, or if you have accent walls that interfere with the reflected images from the projector, you will need to purchase a screen.
If you're wondering if you'll ever use the screen for anything other than movies the answer is a definitive yes! Whatever your entertainment desires, you can satisfy them much better on a giant-sized screen. We're talking interactive, multiplayer video games, live streaming of Zoom conversations with friends and family on a giant screen, and even high-stakes live casino games with professionally-trained dealers, in real-time. Folks, the options are literally endless.
Now that we've whet your appetite, you'll definitely want to consider the different types of screen options available. We found the best screens at Walmart, eBay, Amazon, and Best Buy. These retailers have got plenty of inexpensive screens for your movie night. You can get 100 inch screens – 200 inch screens + depending on what you're looking for. Some screens are even inflatable, others are free hanging. It's all up to you. Costs can be anywhere from $20 – $100 +.
How about Super Sizing That Screen?
Want to go upscale? Now were talking! The best screens – in my humble opinion – are the motorized screens which are suspended from your wall, or your ceiling. Prices are not cheap, and many of them cost between $200 and $600 + depending on the size and quality of the screens. Once they've been installed, it's almost like getting your own convertible vehicle. The top comes down and the screen drops into place just like magic. This is like the Rolls-Royce of home-based movie theatre experiences. You don't have to go there, just yet.
Yes, a projector is required too. Again, you're probably thinking that this is going to cost you an arm and a leg. Projectors are just like all those other fancy electronic devices which debuted at astronomical prices, and then became affordable. Would you believe that you can get a decent quality projector today at around $65? These long-lasting, great quality home entertainment projectors will do the trick. You will need cables to connect the projector to your MacBook, PC, or iPad, and they almost cost as much as the projectors themselves.
A good Bluetooth speaker – preferably a sub-woofer is essential if you're trying to replicate the in-home theatre experience. Once you've got this all rigged up, you'll never look back. We recommend a wall mount for your projector, it's only about $10. With your whole setup in place, you can invite friends and family over, break out the microwave popcorn, drinks, and theatre snacks and enjoy your choice of movies. When it’s all set up, you'll never look back – it's that good.