Podcast 41: Theo Kalomirakis

World-renowned home-theater designer Theo Kalomirakis talks about how he got into the business, the allure of grand movie palaces, the details of some of his spectacular theaters, balancing design and performance, working with interior designers and architects, the importance of lighting in a home theater, perforated vs. non-perforated screens, and answers to chat-room questions.

Kalomirakis has designed over 300 custom theaters for the rich and famous in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His clients include athletes like Randy Johnson and Carl Ripken, Jr., Hollywood stars such as Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer, and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, best selling authors Dean Koonz and Jonathan Kellerman, film critic Roger Ebert, and many others.

Run Time: 1:02:04

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Theo Kalomirakis often extends the theater experience to the entrance, replicating a marquee and ticket window here.

Once past the ticket window, you enter this classic theater.

In this installation, Theo created an entire piazza outside the theater, including a bookstore with the owner's library, an ice-cream shop, and a full restaurant.

After strolling the piazza, this magnificent two-story theater awaits.

One of Theo's contemporary designs.

This themed theater evokes a Chinese courtyard, complete with fiber-optic stars overhead.

An Art Deco design.

Another contemporary design.

More Art Deco.

A themed theater reminiscent of a Tuscan villa.

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uavtheo's picture


Simply outstanding podcast. Thanks for getting Theo on the show! His passion for theater really came out in the program and it was really mesmerizing to listen to him talk about classic theaters and how much they were part of the experience as the movies themselves. Theo was a great guest and a great relater of experiences. It really reminds me of that experience growing up or seeing the last vestiges, like the Ziegfeld in NYC. Anyway, this one with Theo Kalomirakis, Kevin Voecks, and Floyd Toole are probably my favorites that you've done so far.

Keep up the great work.

Theo (not Kalomirakis :-)

Seth G.'s picture

I'd love to have the two art deco designed rooms!
makes my living room seem pretty dull, but it still gets the job done when the lights are out...

Jarod's picture

Another great podcast! Theo is such a home theater genius. I respect the man very much. My local theater has a dam EXIT sign just to the left of the screen just as was referred to in the podcast. Very annoying! I personally do not prefer any mood lighting during a movie and thats about the only thing that I disagree with Theo about. Would love to have him design
a theater for me.

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