Othello Cinema

After a cross-country move and plenty of upgrades, the next iteration of my home theater is finally nearing the finish line.


Having dreamed of a home cinema for decades, in 2011 I finally had a home with a space for a dedicated home theater, which evolved constantly over the years into a very high-performing room. And in 2021, we moved across the country. I packed pretty much everything up except for the screen and the idea was that I would (hopefully) have a space to set it up in whatever new house we ended up in, and I would reuse all the same equipment.

That didn't really end up happening. Most everything has been upgraded or is about to be upgrade. But this theater's performance, convenience and comfort have exceeded all expectations.

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Fantastic setup!
So much cool stuff in the Othello Theater. I love the “floating” screen on the black front wall, the hidden speakers, the stylish acoustic treatments… You’ve created a very impressive space Travis, congrats!
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Thanks Mike!!!


I completely missed the fact that you named the theater! Well done! This space has come together really well. Beautiful job!
Settled on Othello because we didn't come up with anything better. We live on SW Othello Street, so it was always the working title. Bought the Criterion Blu-ray to serve as the official opening-night film, but it's been such a slow-rollout that we still haven't watched it. We won't be ordering custom Othello Cinema pint glasses like @Mike Schramm's awesome wife did...but we had to call it something!
A little news on the projector upgrade decision. This week I pulled the trigger.

On a Lumagen.

HUGE improvement, and gives me almost everything I was wanting out of a new projector (sans the laser) and more. Obviously the Dynamic Tone Mapping makes the biggest visual difference (and what a difference it makes!!!), but had I known more about the auto aspect ratio feature before, I probably would've added this years ago. Not the non-linear stretch - keep that away from me. But auto aspect is a real great feature for those with scope screens. Makes things much simpler, much more foolproof.

Kris Deering coming out soon to calibrate the JVC. Not gonna lie, adding the Lumagen has me thinking I might just put a new bulb in my stocking every year for the holidays and run this projector until it dies. Just an incredible improvement.

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