ATLANTA, GA – 7/9/2014 – As a boy growing up in India, there was no greater pleasure than attending, sometimes sneaking into, Bollywood movies whenever possible. The magic of the movies was very real for this young man, and in his adulthood, that magic never waned. A move to the United States and a ceaseless work ethic led to numerous business successes, and when it was time for Jay, the client, to build his own home theater, he knew exactly what he wanted. Only a true cinematic experience, with all the grandeur and impact he experienced watching movies as a boy, would do.
As hinted above, the client-named Dreamland Theater is no ordinary home theater. The custom home was built eight years ago on a hill that allows for views of the Manhattan skyline. Both Ram Ragulan, owner of Astrum Group and lead integrator, and Robert So, the home's lead designer, knew the theater was going to be a critical element. With that in mind, special considerations were taken from the outset in order to realize Jay's vision. For instance, contractors dug 15' into the rock base of the hill to ensure the theater had enough height to contain stadium-style seating. This depth also made possible a massive 16' VisionX cinematic screen by Vutec with horizontal masking. Talk about immersive!
With the screen and seating sorted, a truly special projector was needed to deliver the cinematic experience. Working directly with Jeff Schneider, Digital Projection International's (DPI) northeast regional sales manager, Ragulan and Jay chose DPI's newly-launched TITAN 1080p LED projector. Boasting the highest lumen output of any purely LED-driven projector available, the TITAN LED delivers an incomparable color gamut alongside solid-state reliability. Furthermore, the owner wanted a projector that he could use unconditionally, at all times, and didn't want to be concerned about lamp hours, lumen maintenance, or consumables. By delivering consistent imagery for over 20,000 hours, all without using a single lamp, the TITAN LED powerhouse was undoubtedly the best solution for this grand cinema.
As this home cinema is in a completely controlled environment, with no windows or ambient light, the true majesty of LED illumination is on full display. "The TITAN LED's color performance and saturation is second to none," commented Ragulan. Image quality was of paramount importance, but derivative benefits were soon realized with the lampless display solution. Although the projector is installed inside a ventilated sound box, it inherently gives off less heat and noise than a traditional 3-chip, lamp-based projector. Thus, the TITAN LED conveniently resides inside the theater, as opposed to having to live in a custom sound room outside the theater. This detail lessened construction timeframes and removed the extra expense of building a separate projector room.
The audio found in the Dreamland Theater is also impressive, with custom-built AMT (air motion technology) drivers from Audes. Six speakers reside behind the screen, with two more to the left and right, and two in the back of the theater. Two front-facing JL Audio subs complement two in-wall rear subs to complete the audio package. Bryston amps and processors also feature in the theater.
The theater, as well as the home, is Crestron controlled, with a TST-600 touch panel used in the theater. A Lumagen video processor and Straight Wire Crescendo cables round out the top-end components found within. Austrian-style draperies conceal and, by way of a Somfy motorized solution, dramatically reveal the huge screen. Every accent, and every automated moment, beckons the viewer back to a time when seeing a movie was an exhilarating, anticipated experience.
True to previous expectations, the client uses Dreamland Theater every single day he's in town. Ragulan remarked, "He expects to use the theater at least 3,000 hours a year, and is already on course to hit that this year." In fact, Jay is so happy with the theater that, to celebrate its completion, he and his wife recently threw an opening day celebration and ribbon-cutting, where over 100 friends and family experienced the theater first-hand. By all accounts, the Dreamland Theater has delivered on the happy client's life-long dream of owning a regal movie cinema.