There are many types of cinema spaces, but the general rules of room acoustics remain the same whether it’s a home cinema, a new-build multiplex or a renovated theatre. The priority with any of these spaces is to create an environment where the right amount of sound is absorbed to stop disturbances from the crowd and equipment but not too much sound is absorbed that it deadens the effect of the music and voices. For many movies, the soundtrack and the spoken voice are just as important as the picture, which is why a room must be optimised to create the perfect sound environment.
So it’s pretty clear why good room acoustics are important in cinema spaces, but how can an acoustic solution actually enhance your cinema experience? There are two main ways this can be done:
No matter how much money is spent on high tech audio equipment, if room acoustics are bad in a cinema space, the quality of sound heard by the audience will always be compromised. When a movie is watched, it’s important that the voices, music and sound effects are heard just as the director intended. It’s no exaggeration that a perfect level of sound quality can hugely improve a cinema-goers perception of a film. The best way to ensure unparalleled room acoustics is by covering up to three sides of the room’s surrounding walls with a sound absorbing layer. By doing this it’s easier to ensure that sound is not bouncing between walls and causing noise distractions through high reverberation. A solution that absorbs the right amount of sound from all angles greatly resolves problems of high reverberation and flutter echo. The overall effect is an acoustically comfortable environment – key to a good cinema experience.
Cinema spaces shouldn’t only sound great – it’s pretty important that they look good too. The aesthetics can make us feel comfortable, relaxed and free from distraction. Cinemas are built in an array of building types but whatever nature of the room – big or small, old or new – interiors should aim to be fuss-free, dark and simple. Some materials are particularly great to use alongside acoustic solutions in cinemas. We would always recommend high quality, sound transparent fabrics in dark colours such such as Camira Nexus Black, Camira Lucia Havana, Kvadrat Divina 191, Kvadrat Topas 194, Vescom Lani 7009.48. Any of these fabrics would look great and work fabulously as part of an acoustic solution.
So there you have it – our tips on why good room acoustics are important in cinema spaces and how this can be achieved. What’s important to remember is that while some of the basic principles of room acoustics are the same, each cinema space should be assessed on its individual features. This is because factors such as the type of building/room, the equipment used and how it is placed and the number of people that space caters for are all likely to influence how an acoustic solution should be designed to fit the rooms exact requirements. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.