Feature: North Shore homes with with theaters

The latest requirement in luxury listings is the media room. Beyond the standard flat-screened man cave, these mini-theaters showcase top-of-the-line sound, seating and projection. So what makes a media room stand out? According to Steve Aisen, founder of Newgard Custom Homes (181 Beach, Glencoe, 773-505-2556; Newgardhomes.com), it’s all about creating the “going out to the movies” experience right in the comfort of your home.

It starts with the big picture — literally: Since these are ultimately movie rooms, opt for a screen size between 100 inches and 140 inches. “We recommend an HD projector, and sometimes people even want 3-D,” says Aisen. And since technology is always changing, it’s important to plan for the future. “We’re putting in cabling and wiring with the capacity that can handle equipment that hasn’t even been marketed yet,” he adds.

Once the visual technology is in place, homeowners strive to create lounge-like spaces — the more comfortable the better. A stadium configuration adds to the experience. Opt for big, plush chairs with cupholders and reclining backs. Aisen recommends implementing seats for somewhere between six and eight people, and cautions against creating a room much bigger than that. “You don’t want to create an empty stadium experience, if the views from the back are too far away.”

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