Finishing the Basement Into a Theatre Room

Gone are the days when the basement’s only use is to store old stuff. You can’t believe how other people spend a lot of money with their basements. I personally love the basement not only because I go down there when I want to relax but also, it’s probably the most flexible room in the house which allows homeowners to convert it into pretty much what they want. Most people nowadays choose in finishing the basement into a theatre room. Well I can’t really blame them because the basement has good characteristics that make an awesome movie room because of the absence of natural light. In addition to that, sound proofing is not a problem anymore so you can be assured that watching movies in the basement will always be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Also, a basement home theatre adds significant value to your home.

Finishing the basement into a theatre-like room is not that difficult. You just have to decide what color scheme and what furniture to buy and of course the obvious equipment you need like TV, DVD or Blu-Ray Disc player and surround sound speakers. In-ceiling speakers are the best if you want to duplicate an actual movie house. Since the basement is a separate part of the house, you can actually choose not to follow your house’s overall theme. Whether you want to use bright and bold colors or warm and subtle, it’s completely up to you.

After deciding on the color scheme and the equipment, the next thing to do when finishing the basement into a theatre room is purchasing furniture. I got so excited when I found out that you can actually buy those seats that they use in theatres! Home theatre seating comes in a variety of design, fabric and colors. You can even buy those seats with a common arm. You can choose from micro fiber fabric to micro fiber suede, to faux leather and premium leather. Be creative and add movie posters, they’re pretty cheap and some are sold for only $40. Put up your favorite movie posters on your walls to mimic the theatre look. You can also install wall lamps to complete the look. Have fun in designing your own theatre room and trust me this will definitely pay off in the end.

Let’s Go to the Movies!

The family room is one of the more fun rooms in the home to redecorate. All of the family members can have input into the decorating process and even have a part of the room that is theirs. One of the reasons that the family room is fun to redecorate is that the room can be themed. And the theme can be anything the family agrees on. There are ways to reflect almost any theme chosen-from music to animals to space.

Since the room probably already has a television set in it and is probably where most of the family TV watching is done, why not make the room into a home version of a movie theater? With such a theme, the decorating ideas will come fast and furious. Since the “theater screen” will be the focus of everyone’s attention, this feature should get a lot of thought and planning. Could you install a full wall-size screen with an overhead projection system hung from the ceiling? The control panel for the audio and video could be installed in a wall and accessed with remote control devices. If such an arrangement is not feasible, purchase the largest screen TV that you can afford that will fit the room spatially.

Since lots of people will use the room from time-to-time-family members, adult guests, kids’ sleepovers, etc-you will want to have plenty of seating. Reclining chairs, comfortable couches, reclining love seats will all make viewing more enjoyable. Arrange the seating so that everyone has a view of the screen. If the seating can have receptacles for drinks, etc so much the better.

The walls can be decorated with large playbill movie ads of family-favorite movies. At the entrance to the room you can have a wallboard with removable type that has space for messages and texts. The “movie of the week” can be captioned or the name of the person having a birthday party in the room.

If you have space in the room, you can add a small sink and a small refrigerator for handling snacks and pop. You can purchase one of the small home-size popcorn makers and serve up hot popcorn in theater type bags.

This will be an “active” room and spills and accidents will be inevitable. Plan for this eventuality with stain resistant, scratch resistant hardwood flooring. To make the room cozy and the floor warm for sleeping bags and blankets, put down area rugs. The rugs can be printed or woven in designs that match the movie theater theme. Angle the rugs or group them for interest. Large throw pillows can be scattered about for additional seating or napping. Some pillows can be grouped on one of the area rugs to make a small center for games or a reading area.

Because a lot of movies will be shown in this room, the window coverings need to be so dense that all outside light can be filtered out. The room lighting needs to be adjustable from “off” to “bright.” When the movie screen isn’t on and people want to play cards or games or read, the lighting should accommodate. Individual footlocker type storage chests could hold games or books or activities for various family members and each member could decorate their own “treasure chest.” A bookcase with shelves and doors could hold videos, CD’s, games, cards, etc.

Since the room is very informal and used for a variety of purposes, color-coordinated walls and area rugs and furniture are not as important as in some other rooms in the home. What is important is that everyone feels comfortable in this area and that they are not afraid to “live” in this space. To that end, have furniture, lamps, rugs, and furnishings that are durable and cleanable.

How neat would it be for Mom to say, “It’s time to go to the movie”? And everyone follows the aroma of freshly popped popcorn into the next room, just in time to catch the house lights going down and the movie sound track coming up.

Five of Nicolas Cage’s Best Movies

Born as Nicolas Kim Coppola, American actor Nicolas Cage’s Hollywood acting career has spanned more than three decades. Over that time, Cage has been recognized for his successes on screen with a host of film awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Throughout his career, Cage has attracted controversy off-screen for multiple failed relationships and, more recently, real estate and tax issues. While Cage has been sorting out his legal problems, he has appeared in a number of smaller roles. However, 2013 is shaping up to be a big year for Cage, as he has many large budget releases coming out. Whether any of these films catapult Cage back into the limelight remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure-he is known as one of America’s finest modern-day actors, particularly for these five performances.

“National Treasure”

In 2004, Nicolas Cage took on the role of Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and treasure hunter. In the film, Cage’s character is the descendant of a line of treasure hunters. During the initial scenes, Cage is ridiculed for his belief that the founding fathers hid national treasure in the early nineteenth century. Cage and his companions travel across the nation to find a series of clues that may potentially lead them to find this alleged treasure. Cage’s performance was well received by moviegoers, and the film became the highest-grossing movie of his career. A sequel was made a few years later, and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” surpassed expectations, performing even better at the box office than the original. Studio bosses obviously see potential in continuing the franchise, and a third and a fourth film are currently in the pipeline.

“Lord of War”

Cage changed things up when he took on the role of Yuri Orlov, an arms smuggler, in “Lord of War.” Cage’s character is based on many different personalities, but it is generally accepted that Orlov is supposed to be Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Cage’s performances as actor and narrator were commended by many human rights groups for raising the issue of international illegal gun sales. While the film was not a huge success at the box office, many film studios bosses recognized that the sensitive and sometimes troubling situation of illegal gun smuggling may have not been for everyone’s tastes.

“World Trade Center”

Directed by Oliver Stone, “World Trade Center” is a stark reminder of on the events of September 11, 2001. Unlike the typical disaster movie, “World Trade Center” does not focus on the terrorist events that took place. Instead, the film is about hope and a battle for survival. Cage plays John McLoughlin, a Port Authority Police officer tasked with traveling to the towers to try to help people escape. In the midst of their rescue efforts, McLoughlin and his partner become trapped under some rubble. The bulk of the film is about McLoughlin’s, and his partner’s, efforts to survive-and their eventual rescue.

“Ghost Rider”

In 2007, Cage took on one of his most daring roles yet: Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle rider who becomes the Ghost Rider in order to get his soul back. “Ghost Rider” was panned by film critics before its release, but the film did surprisingly well at the box office. Johnny Depp was originally considered for the lead role; however, Cage found out about the role and, due to his strong interest in the film’s character, cut a deal with movie executives to play the lead. Thanks to the movie’s success, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” was made five years later.

“Leaving Las Vegas”

Based on a novel written by John O’Brien, “Leaving Las Vegas” focuses on a suicidal alcoholic who enters a relationship with a prostitute. During production of the film, the author of the novel committed suicide. Despite this, production on the film continued, with the finished movie released in honor of John O’Brien’s life. Nicolas Cage plays Ben Sanderson, who goes to Las Vegas to live out the last few days of his life. However, Sanderson forms an unlikely friendship with a prostitute (Elisabeth Shue). After the film’s release, movie critics praised Cage for his performance, and while the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globes, only Cage actually took home a trophy for this tour de force.