Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 17 in the UK and CE Pro Europe decided to take a look back at some of the home theatres inspired by the biggest movie franchise of all time.
Star Wars not only changed the way we view films, but it apparently also changed home theatre design.
Super-fans Vic Wertz and Lisa Stevens pay homage to their dark lord and master each and every day, via this incredibly impressive and geeky home theater. The two actually hired Doug Chiang, the lead designer on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, to design the room, and really, it blows the real Death Star away.
Dillon Works took care of the décor, which includes automatic doors, twinkling starfields, and life-sized statues of Han Solo (in carbonite, of course), C-3P0 and Boba Fett. Otherwise, the room also has three rows of CinemaTech seating, a Runco VX5C 3-chip DLP projector, Meridian speakers, a Stewart VeLux DeLux ST130 screen, and much more.
Orren Pickell Building
Like most Star Wars instalments, these theatres take time. Orren Pickell Building took about two years to create the above sci-fi specimen for fans located in Mettawa, Illinois. It basically has more secrets than Skywalker Ranch, but we do know that F1 Audio, the project’s designer and installer, packed the room with leather seating for 12, 7.1 surround sound, a CineWide screen, and of course, a killer Star Wars theme.
Modern Home Systems
Laugh it up, fuzzball. This may look like a strange place to relax, but most Star Wars fans would be frothing over this dream room. Modern Home Systems packed the 20-by-14-foot space with a Runco DLP projector, a 107-inch Stewart Filmscreen display, Revel speakers, and two subwoofers. Everything comes together via Crestron, which runs throughout the rest of the house as well.
However, this is where the magic happens—and a lot of that magic is thanks to Acoustic Innovations of Boca Raton, FL, who added in the life-size R2-D2 and C-3P0, the fibre-optic starfield on the ceiling, and the acoustical panelling that looks an awful lot like a spaceship.
Technically, this isn’t a home theatre. However, this 16,326-square-foot Mediterranean estate has one of those and plenty of other amenities. Located in Carmel, Indiana, this place also has a bar with a Chicago Rush Street theme.
As you can tell, that’s not what’s pictured in the slideshow. This is actually a second bar area, complete with an ode to Star Wars. Besides enough amusements to entertain most of the galaxy, the room has plenty of sci-fi-inspired décor, including a life-sized Stormtrooper and a Darth Vader who will keep his evil eye on your pool game.