The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place this Sunday, February 22nd, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. In honor of this year's Oscars, I present a selection of private screening rooms . . . 

"Designer Lynda Murray collaborated with Jeff Cooper Architects on the home theater, whose dome is embedded with LED lights." For more specific technical details about this home theater, see "Michael Bay's 40-Seat Digital Theater," Architectural Digest (February 3, 2015).
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Mayer Rus.
Architectural Digest (March 2015).

"A French acoustic plaster dome tops a Northern California home theater created by designers Keith Yates and Dan Dowling, with A/V installation by Geoffrey Franklin. 'My job is to take my clients so far into a state of suspended disbelief that by the end of the movie they don’t even remember their names,' says Yates."
Photo originally appeared in Architectural Digest (November 2003).
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

"The screening room, inspired by the fabled William Haines–designed oval sitting room in movie director George Cukor’s residence, features suede-paneled walls crowned with copper molding, curtains of a Holland and Sherry fabric, and maple-and-oak parquet flooring; Madeline Stuart designed the leather armchairs as well as the velvet-covered club chairs and sofa, which are joined by a 1970 French bronze table from Habité and a vintage Baguès floor lamp."
1950s Los Angeles home of hotelier Jeff Klein and film producer John Goldwyn.
Interior design by Madeline Stuart.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Guy Trebay.
"A Glamorous Home in the Hollywood Hills" produced by Carlos Mota.
Architectural Digest (March 2014).

Screening room.
Interior design by Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
Text by Mayer Rus.
"Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Create a Private Paradise in the Virgin Islands" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (May 2014).

"Boone used gold leaf on the ceiling in the screening room to create 'glamour and warmth.' Brunschwig and Fils wallcovering and mohair on seats. Stark carpet. Williams-Sonoma Home cashmere throws. 'You could be in Italy, the Mediterranean—anywhere,' says the wife."
18,000-square-foot Tuscan-style villa in Los Angeles.
Interior design by Mark Boone of London Boone.
Photography by Mary E. Nichols.
Text by Peter Haldeman.
"Under the California Sun"
Architectural Digest (May 2006).

"The high-tech home theater is decorated in chocolatey brown shades."
Architecture by Jacobsen Architecture.
Photography by Douglas Friedman.
Text by David Colman.
Architectural Digest (June 2014).

"Inside a 2,100-square-foot guesthouse is the actor’s screening room: 'the best toy I could have,' he says. Jackson estimates that he owns between 6,000 and 7,000 laser discs. The mahogany low table and end tables, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, are from Morocco."
Los Angeles home of actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya.
Interior design by Cecil N. Hayes.
Photography by Mary E. Nichols.
Text by Samuel L. Jackson.
"Samuel L. Jackson"
Architectural Digest (2000).

Entertainment area of Dan and Luana Romanelli's Malibu home. "Dan was founder and president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products. Now semi-retired, the former merchandiser of Bugs Bunny, Batman, Harry Potter and other Hollywood icons says, 'I'm just a big kid at heart.' " 
Text - Linda Sherbert. Veranda (July - August 2008). 
Interior design by Madeline Stuart.
Architecture by Stephen Giannetti.
Photography by Dominique Vorillon. Image via Madeline Stuart website.
[Entertainer Lady Gaga recently purchased this house. For more photos of this property, please read my blog post - Steve and Brooke Giannetti - dated January 12, 2015.]

"Designer Sandra Nunnerley worked with architect Arthur S. Pier to open up the living and dining rooms of a prewar Manhattan apartment for her clients, who wanted a more generous layout. 'The trick was to create a space where the clients could entertain in an elegant setting that could be transformed into a screening room,' Nunnerley says." (February 2007)
Photo: Durston Saylor.
"Home Theaters"
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

Home theater in Greenwich, Connecticut, home of director Ron Howard.
Photo: Sotheby's via Lonny Magazine.
[Ron Howard sold this house in 2014 for $27.5 million. He and his wife raised their family in the home, but they now spend most of their time in California. Source: NBC Connecticut.]

"Fashion designer Ralph Lauren and his wife, Ricky, bought a Jamaican villa on Round Hill, near Montego Bay, some 20 years ago. 'It’s a place where you really love where you are,' he says. For the screening room and adjacent sitting area, they tore down an existing structure and used 'lots of mahogany' to continue the plantation aesthetic in the newly built space." (November 2007)
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

“ 'The interiors are open and refreshing and take in the local spirit,' architect Campion Platt says of the Palm Beach, Florida, house he and his wife, Tatiana, renovated. The pool fountain wall doubles as a movie screen. Exterior armchairs and settee, Restoration Hardware." (September 2009)
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

"Large ink drawings by Thomas Hammer are an arresting presence in the home theater."
Architectural design by Scott Mitchell.
Photography by Scott Frances.
Styled by Howard Christian.
"Real-Estate Maven Kurt Rappaport's Striking Malibu Home" written and produced by Mayer Rus.

"Susan Gulick combined the coziness of a family room with the sophisticated technology of a home theater--and did it all with sustainable materials.
A sink-in sectional that seats practically an entire family is constructed of woods from responsibly managed forests. Cushions are soy-based, springs are made of 80 percent recycled material, and upholstery is a bamboo and organic cotton fabric. The fabric was even manufactured using wind power.
Susan chose sound-absorbent and cushy cork for the floor. Cork is a renewable resource and is harvested without damaging the tree. For added comfort, Susan layered the floor with a wool rug colored with vegetable dyes.
The room's acoustics and elegance are enhanced by decorative hardwood paneling that is formaldehyde free and bonded using soy-based adhesives. Two other walls are softened with a Phillip Jeffries wall covering made of hemp, a rapidly renewable and biodegradable material.
The 46-inch Samsung TV may be large, but its LED (light-emitting diode) technology uses 40 percent less energy than a standard LCD or plasma television, plus it contains no mercury."
Photography by Gordon Beall.
"Elegant and Sustainable" written by Amy Elbert.

"Maple plywood panels, which contain no urea formaldehyde, provide a sophisticated backdrop for water-based paintings by Craig Cahoon.
For added privacy and to darken the room for TV viewing, Susan hung handwoven silk draperies--colored with natural dyes--between the sitting area and a back entry."
Home theater designed by Susan Gulick Interiors Ltd. of Reston, Virginia.
Photography by Gordon Beall.
"Elegant and Sustainable" written by Amy Elbert.
Traditional Home.

Jack L. Warner’s screening room.
"The screening room had several concealed devices, including projectors hidden behind a panel that was opened by moving the Buddha’s head. The screen was raised with the help of a water pump, and the front sofa was rotated to provide viewing."
Beverly Hills estate of Jack L. Warner, head of Warner Bros. Studio for more than 40 years.
Interiors by William Haines.
Architecture by Roland E. Coate.
Photography by Jeffret Hayden.
"Jack L. Warner"
Architectural Digest.

"The built-in movie screen also dates back to the McCrays [1928] and can be seen in old photos of the home, say the owners, who bought the seats from a theater in Fort Wayne."
1928 Kendallville, Indiana, home of Elmer Ellsworth McCray, president of McCray Refrigerator Co.
Photo: Gail Herendeen Photography.
"A Refrigerator Magnate's Indiana Abode" by Sarah Tilton.
The Wall Street Journal (February 20, 2015).

"Designer William Stubbs has transfigured an emblem of Stalin-era severity just outside Kiev into an inviting, historically resonant dacha for his client, an international businessman. 'It was built with Ukrainian hands,' says the resident, who was born in the region. Theo Kalomirakis built the home theater. Its dome was 'the best and worst element of the space,' architecturally striking but acoustically wanting. To improve sound quality, fiberglass padding was added to the dome, which was then covered with latticed fabric panels. Scalamandré gold bullion drapery fringe." (December 1998).
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

"The presidents and first ladies who have lived in the White House since its completion in 1800 have left their mark on its rooms and grounds. Franklin Roosevelt had the Family Theater carved out of a cloakroom, known as the Hat Box, in July 1942. Ronald and Nancy Reagan added the theater’s stadium-style seating. For a later makeover, First Lady Laura Bush was inspired by early 20th-century movie palaces." (March 2008)
Architectural Digest (February 2010).

Inside the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood - home of the Academy Awards ceremony since 2002.
Photo: Thom Brekke.
"Oscar Preview: Behind the Scenes at Dolby Theatre" by Mark Hughes.
Forbes (February 20, 2015).


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