Adding a home theater without ruining a Victorian home

projector-screen-in-a-victorian-homeWe understand where [John Clarke Mills] is coming from when he says he wants a home theater but not at the expense of dedicating a room to it. His situation is a bit more sticky than most folks in that he has a beautifully kept Victorian era home. Recently he was removing a renovation from ages past that didn’t fit with the style and it gave him the opportunity to build in this hidden projector screen.

Years ago someone walled in this opening and added french doors. After opening up the wall [John] sized up the situation and decided he had just enough room to build a soffit which could hide a rolled up projection surface. He purchased a motorized screen (we’ve seen a few diy projection screens but can’t remember one that rolls up) and built a slot into the design just large enough for the screen to pass through. He’s testing it out in the clip after the break before doing the plaster work.

The columns on either side are his additions as well. The floor of the house is unlevel and one of those columns ended up a full inch longer than the other. We certainly can’t tell.


  1. Fritoeata says:

    Very clever use of space!

  2. Hirudinea says:

    What if you want to watch a movie during the day? Anyway very nice, fits in with the house perfectly, now all you need is a bowl of popcorn and a DVD of Modern Times.

  3. andarb says:

    A very functional blending of the Victorian esthetic with modern technology which does not include gluing cogs and brass bits to things! :)

  4. Jan Lukeš says:

    Very nice but I prefer to have a room with one windows that can be covered by projection screen.

    • RoadWarrior222 says:

      Yes, that’s what I intend to do.

      With the slide and 8mm era over, projection screens were everywhere for cheap, until I picked up a cheap vid projector last year, now I haven’t had any luck finding one :-D

  5. nf2a says:

    Nice install, although there are screens designed for this exact kind of install readily available on the market and cost little most than a regular screen considering the work going into this.

    Anyway, the main question is: Where’s he going to hide his speakers? :)

  6. Madness says:

    But how did he mount the projector? Is it also well hidden?

  7. EccentricElectron says:

    Nice idea, but the columns are utterly bizarre in the context of authentic Victoriana!

  8. Mike D. says:

    Making a big screen TV the focal point of the entire home just says: “I once had $2500 and I spent it on a TV instead of an education.”

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