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CinePalaisLounger, bathed in Belgian velvet with silk thread detailing—are regal, as is the rest of the room with its crimson fire-rated, movie-house velvet draperies and solid mahogany wood- working with burnished, hand-rubbed gold accents. The theater’s design is a nod to classic cinemas of old, yet it also boasts a decidedly modern flair. Behind all of the carefully executed fabrics and trim beats the heart of a performance monster. The theater’s JBL Synthesis Atlas System also lives up to its titanic name with six Synthesis S4Ai Multipolar Flush-Mount THX Surround Loudspeakers—extremely versatile speak- ers that can be operated in either dipole or bipole mode for movies, and switched to direct radiating mode for music. There are also three Synthesis SK2-1000BT Dual 10-inch 3-way LCR speakers behind the Stewart Filmscreen CineCurve 2.40:1 aspect ratio masking screen and 3,840 watts of amplification. “It’s a very cine- matic sounding system,” Smith says. “Very powerful. I really like that JBL sends out a tech to tweak the system. Who knows the system better than they do?” But even with elite, tried-and-true technology, building this home theater 62 | Previous spread: The lobby’s 450-lb. Noise-Loc door is hand-painted to resemble aged metal; the TV cabinet and handrails are accented with hand-tooled metal. First Impressions designed all of the lobby’s furniture; the occasional chairs are positioned on swivels for ease of TV-watching. Elaborate woodworking and red velvet prevails throughout the theater, above and below. was no easy task. The room itself is located on the fourth floor of an oceanfront villa. “Since the house has a very small four-person elevator, getting the materials up there was a feat in and of itself,” says Smith, who hired a crane service to hoist the theater’s preassembled parts upstairs. And because backing a concrete truck up to a fourth-story window was out of HOME ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 2009 HEmagazine.com the question, Smith’s installation team also was charged with mixing the concrete for the stage, a dead zone where the sub- woofers were positioned. Thankfully, First Impressions’ stan- dard room-within-a-room construction eliminated many of the sound-leakage and vibration problems that so often plague upper-story theaters. “The room

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