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First Impressions Theme Theatres, Inc. is a 62-member organization of artisans dedicated to producing the “Architecture of Fantasy”, end-to-end one-of-a-kind solutions for the world’s finest high performance, hyper-plush, private digital cinema projects. With over 37 years hands-on experience we are the nation’s only multi-licensed architectural and interior design firm focused exclusively on creating and building unequivocally the most technically involved room in the home for celebrities, dignitaries, bon vivants and people just like you!

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“Everyone Deserves the Best Seat in the House”

Miami, FL, August 29th, 2014 – First Impressions Theme Theatres, Miami, FL-based architects, designers, and builders of custom cinema environments announces the “CineWarriorLounger™”.  Developed and designed for an integrator’s wheel chair-bound client so this custom built CineWarriorLounger™ addressed difficulties in maneuvering from a wheel chair to a theatre recliner chair.  The customer could not lift himself from his wheel chair over a standard recliner arm to access the seat cushion.  Moving into the chair from the front was impossible as the wheel chair gets in the way.  Access had to be from the arm side.  As the client could drive a car and slide from his wheel chair to his bed, First Impressions Theme Theatres developed a unique recliner with a special arm that opens out just like a car door.  This allowed the customer to roll his wheel chair to the side of the chair, open the hinged roller wheel arm back 90 degrees and slide directly from his wheel chair on to the CineWarriorLounger™ seat using only his arms.  And as the client had limited use of his fingers, a custom control switch was crafted and installed onto of the arm cap for easier access.  The seat height on the CineWarriorLounger™ was altered to align with the wheel chair seat for a seamless transition from wheel chair to recliner.  First Impressions Theme Theatres CineLounger® Motion Seating Collection is a total custom line of proprietary private cinema motion seating products.  The company many times is commissioned to design and build custom one off special purpose designs, including Bariatric models for heavy weight clients.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Hidden Agenda”

Miami, FL, August 27th, 2014 – First Impressions Theme Theatres, Miami, FL-based architects, designers, and builders of custom cinema environments announces its “Hidden Agenda”, a Box Office and façade designed as a wall unit to house a video projector and video discs as installed outside a theatre. 

Built per a client request, the Box Office in a Lobby opens for the client to play ticket taker.  The projector is built into the Box Office.  Custom ventilation cools the concealed Titan Digital Projector and exhausts heat.  A water white film port lens installs in the theatre back wall so imagery can fire to the screen wall.  A computer monitor in the Box Office is used for cuing up movies to start right after the FBI warning.  A pair of BluRay players are also installed in the Box Office with the theatres AV racks remotely installed in another area of the house.

As the clients have 4000 BluRay and DVD discs and preferred to have them displayed as a library, a media storage server was not for them.  To address this First Impressions created poster case walls that open as doors to access 2500 discs per closet and there are two designed.

This functional piece of theme furniture becomes a striking Box Office Marquee façade finished in hi-luster lacquer with stainless steel trim while cleverly concealing a large video projector behind the rear theatre wall. “Form follows function” said FITT president Jeffrey smith, and it’s evident with this design First Impressions mastered both.

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Auditoria Architecture ♦ Thematic Design ♦ CineLoungers® ♦ Acoupak™ Acoustical Management Systems
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
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Registered by the Florida State Board of Architecture & Interior Design

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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

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CONTACT: JEFFREY W. SMITH, CAS, ASFD
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F1 CINELOUNGER® RACES IN AT CEDIA EXPO

Denver, CO, September 4th, 2013 – At Booth #3324 First Impressions Theme Theatres, designers and builders of award winning personal cinema environments will showcase its new F1 CineLounger®. The Rosso Corsa (Italian Racing Red) dual motor multi-position recliner features exotic sports car interior detailing, full leather hide deep tufted upholstery and carbon fiber drink holders.  Built as single, loveseat or sofa motorized leather recliners the F1 CineLounger® is available in a host of vintage Formula One Car colors as British Racing Green, Wimbledon White (cream), Fly Yellow, Huggar Orange, Grabber Blue and more.

Built in the company’s U.S. plant the F1 CineLounger®, as with all 26 full-motion seating models in the company’s line, is made of solid glued or dowel wood frame members, with available infill cushion material options and comes as single, loveseat, or sofa recliners in straight or sightline sensitive curved configurations. CineLoungers® are still the only home theatre seating featuring reversible seat cushions and off the wall finish selections on its patented signature block style drink holders as marble, granite, billet alloy and exotic wood.

Digital Cinema ♦ Motion Picture
Auditoria Architecture ♦ Thematic Design ♦ CineLoungers® ♦ Acoupak™ Acoustical Management Systems
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
Lic. #AA26000977 ♦ Lic. #AA26000978 ♦ Lic. #AA26001010 ♦ NCARB #41417 ♦ IB #26001125
Registered by the Florida State Board of Architecture & Interior Design

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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

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Press Release for CEDIA EXPO

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CONTACT: JEFFREY W. SMITH, CAS, ASFD
FIRST IMPRESSIONS THEME THEATRES
(800) 305-7545
WWW.CINELOUNGERS.COM

Theater Seating Fit for a King

Denver, CO, September 5th, 2013 – At Booth #3324 First Impressions Theme Theatres, Miami, FL-based registered architects, designers, builders and installers of custom cinema environments will unveil its newest CinePalaisLounger™ model at this year’s CEDIA Expo.  The full-motion recliner features hand-carved solid Mahogany corbels and signature block-style drink holders with Mahogany “crown” trim on the headrest.  Woodwork can be stained in any species desired or can receive as shown at CEDIA, real gold leaf application.  Custom gold thread rope borders the chair design and 3-tone braided fringe is sewn onto the footrest.  An exclusive French embroidered gold tweed fabric was used on the chair model.  

Built in the company’s U.S. plant the newest CinePalaisLounger™, as with all 26 full-motion seating models in the company’s line, is made of solid glued or dowel wood frame members, with available infill cushion material options from foam to down and comes as single, loveseat, or sofa recliners in straight or sightline sensitive curved configurations. CineLoungers® are still the only home theatre seating featuring reversible seat cushions and off the wall finish selections on its patented signature block style drink holders as marble, granite, billet alloy and exotic wood.

Digital Cinema ♦ Motion Picture
Auditoria Architecture ♦ Thematic Design ♦ CineLoungers® ♦ Acoupak™ Acoustical Management Systems
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
Lic. #AA26000977 ♦ Lic. #AA26000978 ♦ Lic. #AA26001010 ♦ NCARB #41417 ♦ IB #26001125
Registered by the Florida State Board of Architecture & Interior Design

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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release for CEDIA EXPO

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BOOTH#3324

CONTACT: JEFFREY W. SMITH, CAS, ASFD
FIRST IMPRESSIONS THEME THEATRES
(800) 305-7545
WWW.CINELOUNGERS.COM

First Impressions Features GatsbyLounger

Denver, CO, September 6th, 2013 – At Booth #3324 First Impressions Theme Theatres, Miami, FL-based registered architects, designers, builders and installers of custom cinema environments will showcase its new CineGatsbyLounger™ at this year’s CEDIA Expo.  The full-motion recliner features original 1930’s pattern “Fun Swirl” satin material that defines the chair’s overall deco ambiance.  Coordinating high-nap “Movie-House” Velvet™ arms with signature block-style era-correct Olive Burl drink holders round out the perfect personal cinema lounger for an Art Moderne themed theatre.  

Built in the company’s U.S. plant the newest CineGatsbyLounger™, as with all 26 full-motion seating models in the company’s line, is made of solid glued or dowel wood frame members, with available infill cushion material options from foam to down and comes as single, loveseat, or sofa recliners in straight or sightline sensitive curved configurations. CineLoungers® are still the only home theatre seating featuring reversible seat cushions and off the wall finish selections on its patented signature block style drink holders as marble, granite, billet alloy and exotic wood.

Digital Cinema ♦ Motion Picture
Auditoria Architecture ♦ Thematic Design ♦ CineLoungers® ♦ Acoupak™ Acoustical Management Systems
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
Lic. #AA26000977 ♦ Lic. #AA26000978 ♦ Lic. #AA26001010 ♦ NCARB #41417 ♦ IB #26001125
Registered by the Florida State Board of Architecture & Interior Design

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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT: JEFFREY W. SMITH, CAS, ASFD
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French Art Deco Inspired Theatre Lounger

Miami, FL, April 17th, 2012 – First Impressions Theme Theatres, Miami, FL announces the CineDecoLounger™ a new full-motion theatre recliner built to mimic French Streamline Moderne furnishings from the 1930’s.

Curvilinear arm caps are finished in high luster lacquer or exotic wood veneer.  Built as single chairs, loveseats, sofas and day loungers, the full motion motorized CineDecoLounger™ is available in 200 fire-rated colors of high-nap “Movie House” Velvet™ as a standard covering or full hide leather applications.  Seat widths run from 21 to 26 inches.  Infill seating sections are goose-down 12 foam densities making this hybrid home theater recliner a handsome and extremely comfortable addition to the company’s 29 custom CineLounger® recliners.

Digital Cinema ♦ Motion Picture
Auditoria Architecture ♦ Thematic Design ♦ CineLoungers® ♦ Acoupak™ Acoustical Management Systems
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, INC.
Corporate Headquarter ♦ Theatre Showroom ♦ Factory
12564 NE 14 Avenue ♦ North Miami, Florida 33161 ♦ Tel: (305) 891-6121 ♦ (800) 305-7545 ♦ Fax: (305) 891-7103
Website: www.CineLoungers.com ♦ e-mail: sales@cineloungers.com
Lic. #AA26000977 ♦ Lic. #AA26000978 ♦ Lic. #AA26001010 ♦ NCARB #41417 ♦ IB #26001125
Registered by the Florida State Board of Architecture & Interior Design

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First Impressions Theme Theatres and Cinema Crafters, Inc. are divisions of First Impressions Design and Management, Inc., a 38-year-old award winning licensed architectural, certified design and custom manufacturing firm specializing in creating opulent theme-oriented electronic driven and motion picture interiors on a worldwide basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in Electronic House magazine

EH IDEAS Q&A With JEFFREY SMITH

LASTING IMPRESSIONS

To home theater designer Jeffrey Smith, a lavish cinema room better make more than a visual impact.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a nice surround-sound system for your family room, Jeffrey Smith probably isn’t your guy. The smallest home theater he’s designed, he says, is the one in the converted bedroom of his Miami Beach condominium.

Smith is the president and CEO of First Impressions Theme Theatres, a high-end custom home theater design and build firm that produces extravagant theaters for an international clientele. The North Miami, Fla.-based company designs and builds the theaters, while working with custom electronics firms that provide the audio/video equipment. First Impressions also designs and sells CineLounger home theater chairs, and bills its lavish theater creations as the “architecture of fantasy”

We recently caught up with Smith and posed a few questions about trends in home theater design, the importance of acoustics, and the future of home entertainment.

What design trends are you seeing in custom home theaters?
Classical is the go-to theme, with columns, capitals, arches and lots of filigree. It’s timeless, and many of our clients want that nostalgic feel in their personal cinemas. A second thing we see is form following function, with clean lines and less embellishment, more in keeping with a studio edit suite or screening room. The look allows people to spend more effort on the AV equipment and less on room accessories.

Personal cinema featuring CinemaScope and premium theater sound.

More customers also want sound mitigation. People want the space as quiet as it can be and without noise or vibration escaping to other parts of the house. I think the volume level of today’s movies [is] ratcheted up a bit, and consequently the specs we would write to create a quiet space as an option is now a mandate.

Are there certain design elements you always try to incorporate?
Lighting is big with us, both architectural and decorative—and the more effects we can load for preshow surprises, the more our clients like it. We favor design elements such as LED rope lighting incorporated into column bases or backlit transparent onyx baseboards for steps and border lighting. Footlights built into the stage can wash up a theatrical curtain, as was done in the old picture palaces.

What design elements do you think people should stay away from?
Anything reflective used on a wall or ceiling. I have seen high-luster ceilings that show the movie twice: on the screen and upside-down on the ceiling. Dark colors are preferred in a theater, while beige or light-colored surfaces pick up screen light.

The same is true with crystal light fixtures. Light reflects off of them, or they rattle with low bass. Posters or art on side walls can be annoying if they catch reflections from the video screen.
Try to keep the theater surfaces as dark as tolerable. All wood finishes should be dull or satin.

How important are acoustics in a home theater?
They are primary. It has to sound well when it’s all said and done. We’re like foreplay and sex. You walk into our rooms and it’s ‘Wow, Look at this!’ But after you look at it, it better perform well. At the end of the day, it’s got to look well and sound well.

Has the evolution of technology changed the way you design home theaters?
Not really. 3D and CinemaScope screens have not made a big difference in the design [of a space]. The biggest change lately is that a lot of the touchscreen [controllers] have gone the way of the iPad. We used to make a lot of housings for those touchscreens, but not so much anymore.

What’s the most important thing homeowners should remember when embarking on a home theater project?
Select a company with experience, proper licensing, and good referrals. Establish a project with a realistic budget and realistic expectations for the finished theater.

WILD, WACKY THEATERS

We asked home theater designer Jeffrey Smith about the most unusual theaters his company, First Impressions Theme Theatres, has designed. Here’s what he had to say:

There was a spaceship theater with a Star Trek theme, an airlock door lighting effects and a floor that shook so you felt like you were in a rocket ship. We‘ve also done some cave theaters, where people want to feel like they’re in a cave! And a genie-in-a-bottle theme. It was like you were literally in a genie's bottle. We’ve done a lot of Chinese and western themes, too.

Also, we did a theater in Malaysia with one seat; one 40-inch-wide seat. The room is about 35 feet long and 23 feet wide, but with one 40-inch-wide chair... It’s a kingly thing.


Fast-forward 10 years. What will we see in home theater?
I hope you’ll see us. I can’t project how it will be different. 3D or 4D is not going to affect where someone sits in a room. The future of in-home video/movies is now all about, per the studios, shrinking the time for first run to the next tier of home video. It appears in the too distant future the consumer will have the option to watch the latest blockbuster in a commercial theater or at home. EH

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS THEME THEATRES, INC.

First Impressions Theme Theatres, Inc. is an award-winning in-home theatre design, architectural, and manufacturing entity certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. The fifty-six-member company and its team of artisans are dedicated to producing high-end, high performance, luxury private digital cinemas on a global basis. The company specializes in creating and building turnkey one-of-a-kind residential and commercial ‘fantasy’ environments that are acoustically and ergonomically correct.

First Impressions CEO Jeff Smith.

Company President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Smith, CAS, ASFD studied architecture at the University of New Mexico and the University of Miami before joining Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1969. For several years he worked as a set designer, location scout, and publicity liaison. He also handled star promotions and tours. Smith later joined National Theatre Supply, a company that designs, builds, and outfits commercial cinemas and studio screening rooms. In 1975, he founded First Impressions.

First Impressions has won numerous industry design awards, including distinctions such as Best Dedicated Home Theatre, Best Multi-Purpose Media Room, Best Theme Theater and Best Special Project from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). The company also received three awards for design excellence from ADEX and a Product of the Year Award for acoustical treatments from Electronic House magazine. The company is a two-time recipient of Home Entertainment magazine’s Home Theater Installation of the Year award. In addition, the firm’s work has been featured on the covers of international lifestyle, audio-video, and interior design publications as well as hardcover books. First Impressions’ projects have been shown in motion pictures (Scarface) and on network television, including Miami Vice and HGTV’s Spoil Yourself with Home Theater and Small Spaces, Big Design.

Personal cinema and ultimate home theater.

Complete with sixteen-foot-wide CinemaScope video screens and professional 3D imaging projectors, some projects can approach seven figures,” Smith says. Every First Impressions personal cinema is built by artisans with uncompromising details, tailored to each client’s whims.

The company builds its proprietary CineLounger® Motion Seating Collection of theatre recliners — along with museum quality millwork and custom upholstery products — in its 38,000-square-foot Miami, Florida, manufacturing facility.

“First Impressions Theme Theatres, Inc. is dedicated to offering an all-inclusive, end-to-end design, build, ship, and install solution, from start to finish, anywhere in the world,” Smith says.

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True Blue Home Theater - Contemporary Theater Installation
By: Brooke Lange - Home Entertainment Magazine

The “six degrees of separation” phenomenon is happening among Home Entertainment’s readers and home-theater aficionados. Some owners of the private screening rooms that have graced the magazine’s pages actually know one another.

A case in point is the couple who built this contemporary movie space, nestled within a woodsy family compound in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

After the couple visited their first home theater, owned by South Florida friends Danny and Fern Toccin, they were inspired to build their own private screening room.

“We had never stepped foot in a home theater before,” says the husband. “After we experienced the Toccins’ home theater, we thought it would be great to put one in our rec center.”

The “rec” center to which the husband refers is a 5,600-square-foot contemporary addition to their historic summer home property. The freestanding structure, designed by internationally recognized New York architect Peter L. Gluck and framed in glass and Pennsylvania blue stone, serves as Fun Central for the homeowners and their visiting family and friends.

After talking with the Toccins about how their home theater came to be, the creative process and their theater designer, Jeffrey Smith, the homeowners placed a call to Smith. He owns a North Miami theater design and fabrication company named First Impressions Theme Theatres Inc., which is a one-stop, home-theater architecture and design company that also designs and manufactures its own line of theater seating and home-theater accessories, including acoustic paneling, lighting elements and concession novelties.

Last updated: March 18, 2011
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Cinema de la Mer - Old-world Movie Palace
By: David Dritsas - Home Entertainment Magazine

Home theaters can be pretty grand, but [Cinema de la Mer], designed by First Impressions Themed Theatres Inc. is probably one of the grandest.

This 13-seat theater, named "Cinema de la Mer," almost seems as if it could seat more and comes complete with a lobby, which in and of itself would make most people's jaws drop before they even saw the main room.

The client wanted a theater that represented the Hollywood movie house elegance of old, as well as the viewing experince of a grand theater.

To project the images, First Impressions used a TITAN Reference 1080p projector from Digital Projection and a 14-foot wide Stewart CineWide screen. To get the images full-screen a TheaterScope anamorphic optical system is employed, allowing the 16x9 projector to display both 1.78:1 and 2.35:1 content with no horizontal black bars (letterbox).

To further enhance the image, First Impressions added a reflection-limiting water-white Filmport lens. These lenses are made of low-iron float glass with a multi-layer, broadband anti-reflective coating on both sides to reduce reflection and are often used in commercial cinemas.

Last updated: March 18, 2011
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Ranch Dressing - Modern Rustic Theater Installation
By: De Schofield - Home Entertainment Magazine

Once upon a time, “ranch living” conjured up images of barnlike structures in a dusty, remote locale.

One of the many highlights of this home on the range—complete with lakefront views and elaborate man-made water features—is the custom home theater. “The owner wanted this to be a gift for his family,” says Don Dixon of Definitive Electronic Solutions in Jupiter, Fla., which also integrated the home’s lighting and security systems, and landscape lighting and music features. Unlike most theaters that progress with the design of the home, the homeowners waited to start building their home cinema.

"The owner didn't want the theater to distract from or delay from building the home," says Dixon. About six weeks after the home’s completion, Dixon started the building the theater. Dixon called Jeff Smith, president and owner of North Miami’s First Impressions Theme Theaters, an architectural and design company for private home cinemas, to provide interior design services. "We worked together on other projects, and I knew Jeff could deliver unparalleled quality and state-of-the-art design," Dixon says, adding that they only had 120 days to complete the theater.

"Our objective was to create a seamless display of big picture, big sound, and a Wild West thematic statement within the home’s existing architectural style," Smith says, adding that he also had to temper a masculine hunting-outdoorsy theme with a laid-back, casual feel.

Last updated: March 18, 2011
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