Home cinema install: Home cinema's looking up

This high-end roof-space theatre offers constant height projection and potent 7.2 audio

While it's not unusual to see loft spaces repurposed as dedicated home cinemas – why use your attic to store a legacy VHS collection when you can be watching Blu-rays in there instead? – this professional install is actually located in the roof space of a double garage. Designed by London's Automated Smart Homes, it finds space for six luxurious Fortress recliners and a discreet 7.2-channel speaker system.

Typically for a loft conversion, the project had to work around the room's low, sloped ceilings. No surprise, therefore, that a 2.40:1-ratio screen was chosen to extract as much real estate from the front wall. Opting for this format meant a 3.3m fixed-frame model from Screen Research could be accommodated, an anamorphic lens for the 3D Runco projector and automated masking catering for differing movie content. 

The room is all about comfort, ease of use and high-quality AV. On the audio side, in-wall Triad speakers are coupled to separate amplification and processing from premium marque Datasat, while a brace of Procella Audio subwoofers deliver sub-20Hz rumblings. For movies, the cinema is served by a Kaleidescape rack including a trio of M700 Disc Vaults that provide an artwork-rich user experience without having to waste time skipping through trailers, piracy warnings and menus.

Our favourite finishing touch is the custom fibre optic ceiling panels used to create an outdoor 'starry night' atmosphere – surely perfect for a run-through of Gravity...

Installer Info

Automated Smart Homes
0345 468 3478

Kit List

Datasat: RS20i home cinema audio processor; RA7300 seven-channel power amplifier
Procella Audio: 2 x P15 active subwoofers 
Triad: 3 x in-wall Gold/6 LCR speakers; 4 x in-wall Silver/4 surround speakers
Runco: LS-12d active 3D PJ with anamorphic lens
Screen Research: 3.3m X-Mask TheaterCurve acoustically-transparent projector screen
Kaleidescape: Movie Server; 3 x M700 Disc Vaults
Control4: EA-1 Controller; touchscreen
Wyrestorm: HDBaseT video matrix
Fortress: Seating
Cinema Acoustics: Absorbers/diffusers
Lutron: LED lighting; electric blackout roller blinds
Custom: DMX-controlled star light panels