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Peek Inside Jerry Bruckheimer’s Barco Home Cinema

Building a home theater for Jerry Bruckheimer is a lot like building a set of golf clubs for Tiger Woods. It's a good thing Barco recently decided to make a big splash in the residential market.

Peek Inside Jerry Bruckheimer’s Barco Home Cinema
Jerry Bruckheimer wanted to create a unique space befitting the grandeur of his home that went beyond the typical movie house feel. (All images courtesy of Hecht Photography.)

Alice Gustafson · June 30, 2016

“Building a theater for Jerry Bruckheimer is a lot like building a set of golf clubs for Tiger Woods,” says Eric Thies, principal at DSI Luxury Technology, who spoke to CE Pro sister publication CE Pro Europe about the LA install company’s latest high profile project.

Indeed, it is not every day that an integration company works with a client this high profile. Recognized as one of the most successful producers of all time, Bruckheimer earned the nickname "Mr. Blockbuster" due to his unstoppable track record of high-grossing films. Overall, his films have grossed over $13 billion, not to mention launching the careers of numerous actors and directors.

For those unfamiliar with his work, Bruckheimer has enjoyed a long career as a film and TV producer, responsible for bringing us Beverly Hills CopFlashdanceTop GunThe Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Enemy of the State, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor and Pirates of the Caribbean. In July 2003, he was honored by Variety magazine as the first producer in Hollywood history to produce the top two highest-grossing films of a single weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Bad Boys II.

A close collaborator with Michael Bay, having worked together on Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, Bruckheimer perhaps took note of the director’s choice of home cinema projector – a Barco Ultra-Bright 4K DLP.

“Jerry [Bruckheimer] wanted the best on the market,” says Thies. “He wanted something that was state-of-the-art, 4K, 3D, reliable and able to play content directly from the studios. We have a reputation for delivering stellar screening room experiences for the Hollywood elite, so the build team sought us out knowing they had a special client to make happy. The screening room has been part of this historical home for decades and decades. We needed to bring it into the 21st century and amp up the performance using the existing footprint.”

The producer’s Beverly Hills home is distinctive in itself, representing a storied past as the site of many a lavish party, as well as numerous movie screenings hosting the Who’s Who of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Built in 1927, it pays homage to the Roaring 20’s, sporting checkerboard tiles in the main home with deep crimson and rich gold velvet decor in the movie theater. In a nod toward nostalgia, Bruckheimer displays two original 35mm projectors, although he only uses his new Barco digital projector to screen films.

When setting out to design the new theater, the producer wanted to create a unique space befitting the grandeur of his home that went beyond the typical movie house feel.

“Although Jerry downplayed the importance of the room initially, nobody on our side was prepared to deliver anything but a remarkable movie-watching experience,” says Thies.

“We pushed pretty hard to make sure that the room had good isolation and top-notch acoustic design. For this, we brought in Ryan Brown and Sam Cavitt to do all of the acoustical engineering and construction specs for isolation. The end result is miles above the original room performance.

“We had to take a room and home that had historic significance and update it to accommodate a larger screen, an insane amount of speakers and also support room within a room construction for sound isolation. Not to mention we had an interior design team with a very strong vision that had to be factored in. Our typical project starts with a blank sheet of paper. With this theatre, we had an enormous amount of constraints in order to deliver our technology vision!”

Case in point being the fact that the room did not have the height needed to support the new larger screen size, meaning the room had to be lowered to accommodate.

“Fortunately there was room in the foundation to go down,” Thies explains. “One side of the room had a series of French doors that had to be dealt with for light control and acoustics. Also the room had to be completely re-framed to support the 20+ speakers.

“Building a theater for Jerry Bruckheimer is a lot like building a set of golf clubs for Tiger Woods,” Thies muses. “We all felt the pressure to perform but it was a positive pressure. The entire team was very excited about building something great for a person that has the capacity to appreciate our hard work. Pressure-filled, but a lot of fun.”

  About the Author

Alice is an experienced CI/AV journalist. Gaining knowledge of the global install market at Pro Audio Asia, Pro Audio Middle East and Worship AVL Asia, Alice brings her considerable knowledge of the AV and install markets to CE Pro Europe and Commercial Integrator Europe. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Alice at agustafson@allthingsmedialtd.com

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