How to Redesign a Movie Auditorium on a Budget

Redesigning a movie auditorium is a really exciting project, and one that could potentially be used to make a profit. Whether you’ve purchased a movie auditorium for personal use or have dreams of setting up your own independent cinema that will be open to the public, making sure that your auditorium is comfortable and set up properly is a priority. Depending on the amount of work that you’d like done and how you’re picturing the result, the amount of money that you’ll need to spend on the redesign can vary. However, if you’re looking for some great ideas that are likely to fit into almost any budget, read on!


The seating is an important part of any movie auditorium – it’s got to be comfortable, stylish and fit as many people as possible inside. Depending on the size of the auditorium and how many people you expect to be using it at one given time, the amount of seats you will need to use can vary. If your auditorium already has seats installed that are in good condition, you may be able to get away with cleaning them up and continuing to use them. For auditoriums in need of further refurbishment, you can purchase a range of seating options from auditorium seating manufacturers.


Acoustic tiles are the best option for the ceiling of your movie auditorium, and you’ll be glad to hear that this is also one of the cheapest ceiling coverings to obtain. Most movie theaters use this type of covering; go to any cinema and you will probably see fiberglass panels much like those used in offices. If your auditorium ceiling is unfinished, acoustic tiles or fiberglass panels are the least expensive way to complete the


For acoustic reasons, you should never choose a floor for your movie auditorium that is made of wood, tile, concreate or linoleum. Instead, opt for a plush carpet whenever possible. Depending on the size of the auditorium the price that you will pay for carpet will vary, and will largely depend also on the type and quality of carpet that you choose. Industrial wear carpets are good for those who plan to open their auditorium for public use as these are less susceptible to wear and tear. Opting for a stain resistant carpet will also reduce dirt and debris stains and help the auditorium appear cleaner. It is far better to spend more on a high quality carpet initially than pay to replace a poor quality carpet in the future due to damage.

Color and Themes

When designing your movie auditorium, you should consider using colors that will control the reflections of the light from the screen, and also make the room appear larger. Darker colors such as navy or black are an excellent choice, combined with lighter, contrasting colors.

Are you an interior designer who would like to share any helpful ideas for redesigning a movie auditorium? Or, have you redesigned a movie auditorium yourself, and would like to tell us your story? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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