How To Make Your Living Room Feel Like A Movie Theater

How To Make Your Living Room Feel Like A Movie Theater

With movie theaters closed and social distancing at home, we have to forgo fun activities like going to the movies. But, fear not – with many new releases available to stream at home, we can still participate in movie nights from the comfort of our own homes.

Here’s a list of new movies you can watch on-demand at home. Notable releases include:

  • Trolls World Tour
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Bad Boys for Life
  • The Hunt
  • Emma

Plus, you can make your living room feel like a movie theater with just a few smart devices. We’ll tell you how to get DIY cinema vibes with smart home tech in this post. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Hub and Remote Control

If you want to streamline your living room theater experience, you need the Logitech Harmony Hub. This hub is Alexa-enabled and allows you to control other popular smart devices with the touch of your phone. You can fire-up the TV for movie night, trigger your smart lights, turn on the speakers, lower the blinds, adjust the thermostat, and more.

The Harmony Hub turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote, giving you control over your home entertainment and smart home devices. You can change channels and volume and program favorites from your phone. With all of its capabilities, this hub is a crucial part of setting up your home theater.

Smart Lights

The ambiance is essential for creating cinematic vibes in your home. Perfectly dimmed lights can provide the feeling of an actual movie theater, and you can get it right with smart light bulbs from brands like Lutron,

You can choose between color-enabled or soft white bulbs and easily adjust them via your smartphone. These bulbs also work with voice assistants, so you can ask Alexa or Google Assistant to dim the lights just as the movie starts. And if you want an even more personalized home theater experience, you can sync your color-changing bulbs to the film you’re watching, which will make the colors change accordingly with the on-screen action.

Soundbars and Speakers

Now that you have your visuals in place, it’s time to optimize your sound. The proper speaker or soundbar setup can really amplify an at-home movie experience and make it feel that much more theater-like.

Surround sound is an essential movie theater experience. You can create surround sound at home with some smart speakers such as the Sonos Beam and the Sonos One. Place them in the back corners of your living room for an immersive experience. Follow these instructions to set up surround sound with your Sonos speakers.

Once you’re all set up, try this Yonomi “Movie Night” Routine!

  • Turn TV on
  • Turn on speakers at 80% volume
  • Dim all living room lights to a soft red
  • Turn all other lights off
  • Set thermostat to 65 degrees

Tips for setting up a Movie Night Routine:

  1. Make sure you already have a ‘Turn on TV and Apple TV’ Activity set up for your Logitech Harmony Hub.
  2. Play around with light colors best for movie watching.

Enjoy the show!