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How to Create Your Own Home Cinema

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Along with the likes of restaurants, pubs, hotels and hair salons (thank goodness!), Saturday 4th July also welcomed the reopening of British cinemas. But if you’re not yet ready to brave the outside world, here’s how to create your own home cinema instead. 

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How to Create Your Own Home Cinema

The Room

If the living room is your chosen space, give it a movie theatre makeover by investing in some quality surround sound speakers – we recommend the Bose Surround Speakers (£299.95). Lighting is also important. You’ll want to ensure your chosen space is dark-lit to ensure quality viewing, but that’s not to say you can’t add a little glamour. Fairy lights will enhance the look of the room and make the viewing experience that bit more magical.

Home Cinema

For something a little different, why not set up your own outdoor cinema? A canvas bell tipi will do the trick (look to Boutique Camping for a wide range of sizes), along with a white sheet for the screen and a home projector. Create comfortable seating with bean bags, cosy blankets, cushions and perhaps an outdoor heater to ensure everyone stays warm.

Of course, there’s always the option to transform a space in your home to a dedicated cinema room. For that, we recommend getting in touch with an interiors or home cinema specialist, such as Callender Howorth, Jo Hamilton, or Martin Kemp Design.

The Screen

Whilst a TV screen is the most obvious choice when creating your own cinema, a home projector will give yours the extra edge – and there are plenty available. From John Lewis’ ‘big-screen’ enabling Epson EB-S41 Projector (£299.99) to Canon’s compact and portable LV-X310ST projector, screening from a projector will guarantee the feeling of being at a real movie theatre (minus the popcorn rustling from the strangers sat next to you).

What to Watch

The possibilities are endless. From, Netflix to BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime, we’re spoiled for choice. In light of lockdown, movies have been released a lot sooner than usual (lucky for us), whilst Sky has joined forces with NBCUniversal to release new films ‘on the same day as their global cinema premieres’, according to Radio Times. There’s also a whole host of virtual theatre offerings available, from the Globe Player to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On!where you can indulge in a theatre show from the comfort of your own home. Most the time, you can’t go wrong with a classic. From Funny Face to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’ll find 13 of our favourites here.

The Snacks

It wouldn’t be a movie without an assortment of sweet snacks. Of course, popcorn is a must, but why not go the extra mile and create your own ice cream too? Alex Mackay’s Raspberry Frozen Yogurt makes the perfect summer serve. You can even have a bottle of wine delivered to your door or accompany your home cinema with a home bar. Warning: you may never want to leave the house.

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