Forget about red velvet seats and old-timey popcorn machines. In terms of picture and sound quality, there are few home theatres in the world that rival the one installed in director Michael Bay’s new Los Angeles retreat.
The state-of-the-art screening room was conceived by theatre architect and acoustical engineer Jeff Cooper, a mandarin of modern theatre design whose client list includes Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Zemeckis. For the tech-savvy as well as the Luddites among our readership, Architectural Digest asked Cooper to explain what makes Bay’s screening room so extraordinary.
The 40-seat digital theatre is designed “with steeply inclined, curved rows of stadium seating to maximise sight lines and assure optimum hearing lines,” Cooper says. The Stewart MicroPerf screen, which measures 12 feet by 24 feet, has thousands of minuscule perforations to allow for what he calls “acoustic transparency” from the five front speakers and two subwoofers mounted directly behind the screen.
A 4K Barco digital video projector, mounted in the projection room, delivers image brightness and clarity that are nothing short of breathtaking.
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