Decibel Levels

image from here.

Have you been to the movies lately and noticed the decibel level?
It is loud. Really LOUD.

Last night, we decided to see "Toy Story 3" (yes, we're a little behind on our movie list). We went to a movie theater in Culver City. Just a basic movie theater with great ticket prices and decent popcorn. My son wasn't crazy about "Toy Story 3." Not your average six-year-old, I guess. He gave it two-out-of-six possible stars. He has his own inarticulable rating system but he did say the film was just too scary. I'm guessing it may have had something to do with that cymbal-crashing monkey. On the other hand, I really liked the movie, but ambiance-wise it was ridiculously uncomfortable.

What's going on out there in movie-land? And is it just me?

A similar experience occurred when we saw Guy Ritchies' 2009 "Sherlock Holmes." OMG. The theater was so loud, I actually walked out. I got up and left for other reasons too, basically, the film was way too violent for my expectations. And I love Robert Downey Jr., don't get me wrong, but I left that film after the first 10 minutes partially due to the decibel level.

So how does all of this loudness relate to interior design? Well, I love the movies, have always loved them, but now I understand why people create dedicated media rooms in their homes: for the sheer control of the experience. Homeowners can design contained environments that are enjoyable and manageable.

Below are a few TV room options to peruse in case you are looking for ideas, as I am after last night.

photo credit - Dominique Vorillon - from Coastal Living


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