ATLANTA, GA – 8/31/2012 – Cantara of Los Angeles, CA, recently completed a massive 45-seat private cinema of such magnitude and quality that it raises the bar for private cinemas worldwide. The video system features a record-setting 18' wide Stewart Cinecurve paired with Digital Projection International’s award-winning TITAN Reference 1080p-3D projector. The audio system consists of a Genelec speaker array, which includes screen speakers usually found in the world's largest professional mixing studios. Ten high-powered surround speakers and sixteen 12" subwoofers complete the speaker package, all calibrated through a studio-grade QSC Signal Processor.
No small project by any stretch of the imagination, this 8,000 square foot cinema addition dazzles the occupants and guests of the over 26,000 square foot California home. Originally conceived as an ordinary home theater, the scope of the project grew as initial discussions progressed between the client and Lisa Slayman, owner of interior design studio Slayman Cinema. Slayman, who specializes in high-end residential theaters, began to realize the client was looking for something remarkable, both in scale and in performance. Working with no direct specifications from the client, with the exception of a specific fabric that would need to be enlisted throughout the theater, Slayman began designing a space with the transition spaces, marquee and over all grandeur of a classic Hollywood-grade cinema.
Slayman created a dramatic mezzanine level, two lobbies impeccably designed around the ‘golden age of cinema’ theme, and numerous visual punctuations throughout the massive space. There was no audio/video specialist involved in the initial stages of the project, so when it came time for acoustic consulting, Slayman turned to the client for initial suggestions. On the recommendation of one of the client’s family members, Cantara was brought in for initial discussions.
The mutual respect was immediate between Slayman and the Cantara team, with Jason Voorhees, principal at Cantara, remarking, “Lisa specializes in cinemas and knew beforehand that the audio/video experience are at least as important as the visual aesthetic. Her design guidance and creative insight throughout the project was absolutely essential.” With the two teams combining to full effect, the cinema is a best-case scenario regarding optimized audio and video, with every component in the ideal location to create the ideal experience.
From a performance perspective, the cinema is a resplendent gem amongst screening rooms. Each of the 45 seats, including those seated in a dramatic balcony, enjoy an absolutely stunning cinematic experience. DPI’s dazzling TITAN Reference delivers both 2D and 3D entertainment to what is considered to be one of the largest residential curved screens in the world. Per Voorhees, "The room's performance blows past any preconceived expectation of what film should sound or look like, and consistently earns the comment, ‘this is the best theater I have ever experienced,’ from guests and industry veterans alike." Adding to the majestic experience is the grand drape that, upon movie time, parts to reveal the 18’ Stewart Cinecurve screen. “There’s a major wow moment when the drape opens, which is exactly what we wanted to deliver,” says Slayman.
Other cinematic enhancements include the addition of an anamorphic lens that allows the TITAN 3D projector to display both 16 x 9 and 2:35 “cinemascope” content. The balcony features two 46" LED screens that display the same content as is being shown on the feature screen. This area also features two pair of surround speakers, thus enabling those seated in the balcony to experience the same audio quality as on the main level. Those seated in the front row of the auditorium are treated to the immersive sensory experience of D-Box motion encoded seats.
Both Slayman and Voorhees testify to how essential the interior design/AV integrator collaboration was in this project. Voorhees commented, “It is common for there to be contentious gulf between the integrator’s audio/ video design and the interior designer’s aesthetic design. This was nothing of the sort.” Slayman agreed, remarking, “I wasn’t going to present something to the client that Jason didn’t think would enhance the performance of the room.” The mutual respect helped deliver an absolutely stunning cinematic space that was unveiled to the client and more than 50 guests at a 2011 Super Bowl screening party.
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About Slayman Design
Founded in 1987 by award-winning designer Lisa J. Slayman, Slayman Design Associates, Inc., is a Newport Beach, California-based design firm specializing in high-end residential, hospitality, and commercial interiors. Well versed in all phases of commercial and residential interior design, from space planning and knowledge of building codes to selection of fabrics, materials, and furnishings; design of custom furnishings and fabrics; and interior detailing, the firm is committed to the use of top-quality materials, attention to detail, and personalized service.
About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.
Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.
Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.
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