How They Did It: The Playhouse Theater

Ed Wenck
Oct 12, 2017

The “Playhouse” was already under construction when DC Home Systems got the call for a dedicated home theater in a 15,000-square-foot structure built for entertainment – and the room presented a great many challenges. First, the owner had to be educated about the gear needed for the 1,200-square-foot area set aside for the cinema. Next, the home’s design called for windows in the room housing the theater, so true blackout shades were needed. Then, the homeowner spec’d a bar and countertop that not only presented acoustical issues, but demanded creative solutions when it came to speaker placement. Custom surrounds from Triad Speakers proved to be the solution.

The rack room was also especially small for the gear needed – and demanded cable management so elegant that one judge said he was “blown away.” One more wrinkle: The entire theater sits directly beneath a basketball court, which meant that the vertical supports carrying the load of the court needed to be replaced with massive steel beams – which affected screen sizing and presented projector light path issues. As if that didn’t cause enough isolation issues, the integrators also had to contend with a bowling alley on the other side of the theater’s entry doors.

Lastly, the client is a fan of stargazing – and the star-field ceiling is the largest that the manufacturer –Kinetics – had ever produced: 1,000 square feet.

This theater also picked up a CEDIA Global Award and the project as a whole – the “Playhouse” that envelops this cinema – won an Award for Best Special project, Americas/Asia Pacific region.

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170 West Road, Suite 8

Portsmouth, NH 03801




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