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Home theaters bring the glamour
of the silver screen to life

by Shannon Hurst Lane

photography by Vernon Wentz

Once the only way to enjoy the entertainment of the silver screen was to head to a strip center mega-plex theater and shell out $20 for movie tickets, popcorn and a fountain drink — all after paying a babysitter.

Then came the advent of VCRs and, later, DVD players. Soon, families found themselves squeezing uncomfortably around a small television set only to be interrupted every few minutes by the telephone’s shrill ring or the kids’ rowdy behavior.

From just such an entertainment nightmare, the dream of the ultimate home cinema experience was born.
Since then, home theaters (also called “media centers”) have evolved from family rooms with oversized televisions and easy chairs to elaborate recreations of real movie houses — now a trend in the home entertainment market.

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