Home cinema install: Small but perfect

Not all custom install projects are largescale and premium-priced, as this compact theatre designed by Yorkshire-based Bespoke Home Cinemas illustrates. Given only a 3m x 3.2m space to work with (previously an unused spare room), the company set to business specifying a setup, around a relatively tight (and fixed) budget, for a film fanatic who wanted seating for four and a 'real' projector-led cinematic experience.

In came a 5.1 speaker system, mixing Artcoustic front channels with SpeakerCraft surrounds and subwoofer and driven by an Arcam AVR. A wall-mounted 80in projector screen and Epson Full HD model provide the visual fun. Sources are a Blu-ray player, Xbox and Sky TV (fed via HDMI over Cat6 from the living room downstairs).

Helping this bijou room stand out is the attention to detail. Control4 automation aids ease of use, the Starscape star ceiling adds sci-fi glamour (the owner's favourite movie is Aliens) and the Signature recliners deliver a level of luxury. It's certainly a lot more exciting that a spare room...

Installer Info

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Kit Checklist

Epson: EH-TW6100 Full HD projector
Projecta: Fixed 80in 16:9 projection screen
Artcoustic: 2 x Diablo (left/right); SL C-1 (centre)
Speakercraft: 2 x CRS6 ONEs (surrounds); Tantra TS12 subwoofer
Arcam: AVR360 AV receiver
Panasonic: DMP-BDT180 BD player (multiregion)
Microsoft: Xbox One
Signature: 4 x reclining seats
Signature: 4 x reclining seats
Starscape: 2 x 1m2 fibre optic panels

Before its conversion, this 3m x 3.2m room was unused, but did have a long, empty wall ideal for a projector screen...

Bespoke Home Cinemas