Music-industry icon Clive Davis recently remodeled the theater in his Pound Ridge vacation home, which he’s owned for about 35 years. Prior to the update, Davis had an outdated projector that lacked vivid color and sharp, high-contrast images — and it would take more than 20 minutes to start up! Not okay when you are as busy as Davis is.
The project team, which included Architechnology Designs and Samsung Electronics America, was brought in to find a solution that was dependable, easy to operate, and provided the kind of next-level entertainment experience Davis’ VIP guests are accustomed to.
Davis, whose life and career have been dedicated to entertainment, sought a design upgrade that would deliver on those expectations. He wanted a room where he could relax and enjoy a sports game (including his favorite team, the New York Yankees) or the latest blockbuster movie with his closest friends. “I love film, documentaries, concerts, and sports, whether it’s baseball, football, tennis, or boxing,” says Davis.
To bring his vision and experience full circle, the team removed the previous projector and redesigned the home theater to fit Samsung’s The Wall, which is a modular, large-format microLED that works like a TV. Individual sections are mounted to a custom, Samsung-designed frame that prevents any gaps in the picture. The team also constructed custom niches for sound speakers to the left and right of the screen to complete the immersive theatrical experience. Complete with comfortable, theater-style seating, cozy curtains, and moody lighting that would stand up to even the most quintessential commercial movie theater, the result is a true moviegoing experience.
Davis is a big entertainer and now can host as many as 80 people in his theater, as well as more intimate gatherings, in total comfort and with the knowledge that a screening will be easy to set up while offering guests an experience they’ll not soon forget. “I use it every weekend,” says Davis. “The results have been spectacular, and I enjoy it thoroughly.”