Home theater designer Theo Kalomirakis not only talks the talk; he walks the walk.
The renowned custom integration expert is a movie buff who is owner of around 14,000 DVDs that are neatly arranged in a floor-to-ceiling series of shelves just outside the dedicated home theater he has had built in his Brooklyn, N.Y. apartment.
The theater, which is named Roxy 2.0, perhaps in homage to The Roxy, a 5,000-seat Times Square-area New York City movie palace of yesteryear, incorporates gear from a selection of custom integration-oriented vendors that includes Crestron, Kaleidescape, Stewart Filmscreen, California Audio Technology, Digital Projection, Prima Cinema, Monster, CinemaTech and SH Acoustics.
Kalomirakis opened his home to a group of media representatives and fellow residential A/V integrators on July 17 for a reception to celebrate the debut of the theater, as well as to join with his vendor partners in evangelizing the importance of encouraging clients to create such dedicated spaces, where movie-watching can occur in undistracted circumstances – particularly in view of the fact that the componentry needed to create a home theater is no longer as prohibitively expensive as it once was.
“The emphasis on home theater has been diminished because of tablets and iPhones,” said Kalomirakis. “We need to be better at educating clients and at promoting home theaters, and the benefits of watching content in a dedicated room.”
His sentiments were echoed by Angelika Stalman, vice president of marketing for Kaleidescape. Movie-making is “an art form,” she stated. “Directors have a vision and have designed movies to be enjoyed in great places. Since the technology has changed to make movie-viewing convenient, it is not a truly immersive cinematic experience.” But watching content in a dedicated home theater “becomes an immersive experience and a memorable event,” she added.