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.
The theatre inside has leather seats with cup holders and a ceiling that's painted to look as if it is the sky.
We love the arc-shaped ceiling in the dining room. It's the perfect spot to host a pre-screening dinner.
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.
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