If you're a movie buff that relishes watching the latest releases on the big screen, but can no longer cope with the general public ruining your show, you may want to consider creating your own cinematic experience at home. I've lost count of the number of times that a movie I've been watching has been interrupted by teenagers kicking at the back of my chair, or babies screaming, or people's mobile phones going off during a crucial part of the story. It seems that no one in the cinema is even interested in watching the actual movie.

Image Courtesy Of rogersmj - flickrThe ideal place to set up a home theater is on the ground floor of your home. The reason for this is that the bass from your woofers will tend to travel downwards, and you will lose a lot of the sound quality if you have levels below you, not to mention annoying the people below who are not watching the movie with you. One of the most important factors in creating the perfect cinema type experience is your lighting. If the room you are trying to set up has a lot of windows, or catches the afternoon sun, then you will definitely want to look at installing some blackout blinds so that the room is completely dark while watching your movie. It's good to have a little light in your room, but it would be better if that light was controllable, like with a dimmer switch. Having a little ambient light while watching the big screen helps reduce eyestrain.

Sound is the other important factor. The more empty the space, the better the sound will be. This means that you do not want to be cluttering your home theater with a lot of furniture. A comfortable seating arrangement is imperative, but you should try and keep it to a minimum to create the best spread of sound in your room. There is a good reason why the professional cinemas are so open, and it's to get the best sound quality possible. Another thing to consider, while on the subject of sound, is interference from outside noises. Having a loud truck drive past your house while you're in the middle of a movie can be very distracting, as can the neighbors shouting at each other. If this is the case, you may need to consider sound proofing your room.

Finally, you want to be able to automate the functionality of your room as much as possible. This includes having remotes at hand and easily accessible, and keeping your movie library neat and catalogued so that movies are easy to find. You can also get motorized blinds, so that you can dim the lights, lower the blinds and start the movie, all at the touch of a button.