#TBT: $2 Million ‘Dark Knight’ Home Theater is Ultimate Bat Cave
A $2 million home theater based on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" features a 180-inch screen, six batsuits, a replica Tumbler and more to create the ultimate bat cave.
Come reminisce with CE Pro as we look back at this $2 million Dark Knight-themed home theater.
We’ve seen some impressive themed home theaters over the years, but nothing holds a candle to this.
Elite Home Theater Seating (EHTS) is a design consultant on a $2 million “The Dark Knight” themed home theater that is being built inside a 12,000-square-foot home in Greenwich, Conn. The home theater will be finished in Nov. 2012.
EHTS says on its website that “our goal was to fuse together the cozy elements of Wayne Manor, with the Art Deco styling of Gotham City.”
Information on the A/V equipment is limited, but “The Dark Knight” home theater features a 180-inch screen with Batsuits on each side. There are a total of six Batsuits throughout the room. There’s also a command and control center and even an authentic Tumbler replica in a secret room hidden behind a bookshelf. Inside the secret room is an exit that was designed as a secret tunnel approximately 30 feet long.
“The Dark Knight” home theater is about the size of a “small auditorium” and features 15 home theater seats designed to replicate the seats inside the Batmobile.
“The Dark Knight themed custom home theater was actually a design concept we did free of charge for one of our previous clients, mainly just for fun,” says Elite Home Theater Seating’s CEO Bobby Bala. “Personally, I’m a huge Batman fan and with a background in CG animation, we were able to finish up the design within a couple weeks. Before starting, I told this particular client we’d do the design as long as he promised to buy the home theater seating from us, which he did.”
Here is a complete description of the “The Dark Knight” home theater:
The study, complete with a stately Grandfather clock, is flanked by bookshelves upon which sits a bust of William Shakespeare – and with a clockwise turn of the writer’s head – the Grandfather clock swings open to reveal the elevator doors. A real fingerprint scan is required to gain access to the elevator.
Stepping into the cylindrical stainless steel elevator a glowing Bat symbol pulsates at the bottom of the button panel. To the left of the symbol, is the letter “B” that stands for BATCAVE. After pressing the iconic glowing bat symbol, the elevator descends and the floor-to-ceiling mirrors on either side of the elevator come alive by displaying various body scanning graphics. Once the elevator occupants have been properly “identified”, a robotic female voice states over the intercom system, “Security Clearance Granted”. The elevator doors slide open with a hydraulic hum.
Entering the subterranean batcave home theater, the first noticeable detail is the backlit, highly detailed, life-size Batsuit standing at attention across the room. With a total of six Batsuits placed throughout the cavernous lair, the custom home theater almost resembles a secret underground, medieval armoury. On the left of the custom home theater is an enormous 180” film screen with Batsuits on each side. Art Deco-inspired architecture and an assortment of gothic pieces such as large, winged gargoyles tie-in the Gotham City theme. Walking towards the screen are bookcases that look similar to the study bookshelves upstairs, but with the pull of a secret book, these bookshelves slide open to reveal a life-size replica of the Batmobile Tumbler that is 15 feet long and nearly 10 feet wide. A mock, secret tunnel exit is approximately 30 feet long and ends as it turns a corner. At the rear of the theater is a large gas fireplace with “Batcomputer” stations on either side. Various “techie” graphics are displayed on the large screens as well as images of some of Batman’s arch enemies. The sleek and sexy custom theater chairs made by Elite Home Theater Seating are race car inspired and would not look out of place in any one of the Dark Knight’s various vehicles.
Steve Crowe has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Steve at [email protected]
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