This section highlights the numerous awards and publications that have chronicled Innovative Theatres’ body of work and accomplishments within the fields of design and technology.
PROJECTORS: The eyes of the dedicated theater
It is important to plan for your projector with care because it can be difficult to place in your room. Some projectors must be placed at a fixed length from the screen, so no floor plan is complete without placing this important item. Don’t go knocking down walls until you decide what kind of projector you want and where you are going to put it.
You can choose among many types of projectors but generally custom installers are currently specifying DLP (Digital Light Processing Projectors) for home theater applications. DLP projectors utilize one lens which is usually a zoom lens that provide a flexible throw distance, or the distance in which you can place the projector from the screen. In fact, it is desirable to to place the DLP farther away from the screen so the light coming on to it is more highly concentrated. Plus, when you put the projector farther away from the screen you use more of the lens’s center. Light going through the edges of a lens can be distorted. By using more of the lens’s center, you are improving image quality and minimizing distortion. Most projectors have fans that help keep them cool , given the enormous amount of light the pump.
It is generally better to mount projectors on the ceiling than on a table or in cabinetry near the seating area. If you place the projector near the floor, light coming from it bounces off the screen and on to the ceiling, dimming the image. Conversely, if you mount the projector on the ceiling, the light bounces off the screen and back at the viewer, making the image appear brighter. Plus, why utilize prime floorspace if you don’t have to?
Regardless of the exact type of projector you choose, make sure it is capable of delivering a 16:9 aspect ratio for watching widescreen movies.
Projector mounts and lifts
Where ever you put your projector, concealing it is a good idea. An oblong box with hanging wires that dangles from your ceiling or sits on your coffee table in your home theater is not a pleasant sight to behold. You can hire a cabinetmaker to conceal the projector in a box that matches the ceiling so you can see it from the front of the room only, or you can have the projector fitted into a cabinet on the floor, again such that you can see it head-on only.
There are companies that specialize in motorized lifts and mounts that descend from the ceiling or rise from the floor so when the projector is not in use, you don’t have to look at it. Similar lifts and cabinetry can be designed for practically any video display or flat screen TV.
Each year the Los Angeles chapter of ASID selects one company within the interior design industry for inclusion into their Hall Of Fame.
In 2009, after over a decade of service to the Southern California design community, Innovative Theatres, Inc. received this auspicious recognition.