A Private Screening Room Is The Ultimate Amenity For The Movie Elite

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Viewing a movie in your home, before it has been released in theatres, is a rare luxury you can’t find many places than in the private screening rooms of the movie elite.Movie moguls first built private screening rooms in the 1930s and 1940s to view competitors’ films.

In the past few years, they have become an essential work and social accessory in mansions around the U.S. and especially in Los Angeles, according to The Wall Street Journal‘s Lauren A.E. Schuker.

George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Zemeckis and Stephen Spielberg are among the A-listers with theatres in their homes.

Of course, such amenities don’t come cheap. According to the WSJ:

The cost of a top-of-the-line screening room averages $500,000 but can run up to $2 million or more with all the bells and whistles, according to Joseph Cali, a high-end home-theatre designer and installer who built the screening rooms for George Clooney, Matt Damon and Tom Cruise. In Hollywood, few on the circuit have a screen smaller than 14 feet in width, says Mr. Cali. Most are 16 to 18 feet.

Want your own personal movie theatre? Zillow helped us round up some on-the-market mansions with awesome screening rooms, from California to Colorado.

This home on Walker Road in Hidden Hills, Calif. is on sale for $5.951 million.

The theatre inside has leather seats with cup holders and a ceiling that's painted to look as if it is the sky.

The rest of the house, and especially the master bedroom, is equally as ornate.

This Telluride Mountain Village, Colorado home is on sale for $21 million.

The theatre has three rows of stadium seating, and a popcorn machine.

The rest of the house is essentially a mansion is the form of a log cabin.

This house in Park City, Utah is on sale for $21.9 million.

The in-home theatre reminds us of somewhere you would see a play or a comedy show.

The rest of the house has amazing views.

This home in Newport Cast, Calif. is on sale for $15.8 million.

The red in this media centre reminds us of movie theatres from the 1940s.

Use the chef's kitchen before the flick to whip up some snacks.

This house in Phoenix, AZ is on sale for $5.99 million.

The media centre has a classic black and white theme, and has a snack bar in the rear of the room.

We love the arc-shaped ceiling in the dining room. It's the perfect spot to host a pre-screening dinner.

This Washington, Utah home is on sale for $6.99 million.

This home-theatre reminds us of a 5-year-old's birthday party.

And in case a movie theatre isn't enough entertainment, the house also comes equipped with a bowling alley.

This Hickory Creek, Texas home is on sale for $35 million, but looks as if it will be hitting the auction block soon.

The dining room has a crazy decorating scheme, with two crystal chandeliers, lime green walls, and fuchsia dinning room chairs.

We're not sure where people sit in this theatre, but the screen is enormous.

This home in Scottsdale, AZ is on sale for $7.2 million.

This theatre has a very big wide-screen.

The back of the theatre has bar stools and a counter, which is a great place to eat a snack.

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