Articles by Sam Cavitt

Sam is the founder and CEO of Paradise Theater, a company that provides comprehensive private cinema design, engineering, and project management. Sam focuses his efforts on maintaining the highest standard of excellence and sharing the pleasures of fine private cinema with the industry and the world. Sam also spearheads Cinema Connoisseur, the name of our blog but more importantly, an initiative to build a community of enthusiasts - “cinema connoisseurs” - both professional and public to embrace and enhance the world of private cinema and film.

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Romancing the Cinema

The movies change us. When we are transported, as good movies will do, to another place and time, even into another person’s life, we are beguiled and can’t think of anything else.  When we share that experience with friends and family it is even better.  What other experience can do that? It is rare. In…

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Building A Private Cinema Community

I like movie analogies. They usually involve memorable movie quotes that are central to a film’s theme or plot.  Magic moments from the art form that is all about such moments. Analogies are all about emphasizing a point. So, if I want to make a point, what better source than the movies? The art form…

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A Residential Cinema Renaissance

Renaissance can refer to many things.  European history between the 14th and 17th centuries, a reawakening of something that has been dormant or a period of new growth or activity, usually referencing a specific item or interest.  The latter is my hope for private cinema.  Either way, a renaissance is preceded by provocative events.  The 14th century renaissance,…

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Planning in the Pursuit of Perfection

Johann Sebastian Bach was the master of the technique “theme and variation”.  His compositions initiating with a simple “hook” that he would repeat with subtle differences throughout a composition.  These variations maintained the listeners’ attention throughout, as Bach explored the theme and succeeded in getting his musical idea across.  Much more effective than just repeating…

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Quality Content is the ‘Fine Wine’ of Private Cinema

In 1992 Bruce Springsteen released a song titled 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).  Who knew just how foretelling that would be?  Now, when we could all use some compelling and fulfilling diversion, we find ourselves in front of on-screen menus offering many times 57 choices and, arguably, still nothin’ on!  Not only that, there is nowhere…

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Home Theater in the Spotlight

A recurring theme of my ramblings has been some version of “what can we in the private cinema industry do to attract the attention of the public?”  Oh sure, everyone knows about home theater in one form or another, but how can we get the message out about what we really offer?  Well, it seems…

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Welcome To The Private Cinema Universe – Episode 1

Who writes this stuff?  I’m not talking about this blog or even blogs in general.  I know, people with too much to say and strong opinions do that (fingers pointing at self!).  I am talking about the movies, specifically the action-adventure hero kind of movies.  Where an admirable but seemingly helpless main character finds themselves…

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A Media Room by Any Other Name

Imagine if the only available version of a novel was the condensed version. The only time we heard a song was in the elevator, or a ring tone. The only sunset we experienced was on a screen. These are extreme examples, stated to make a point. We are now at a time that the experience of watching movies as…

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Seeking a Cinema Sommelier

What defines unprecedented times? Upheaval? Innovation? Adversity?Awakening? How about opportunity? All of the above is happening now. Take upheaval and adversity. In our corner of the world, the movie industry has been in a state of upheaval and the pandemic has added even more adversity. Could the answers be found through innovation and an awakening? Is the turmoil, in reality, an opportunity? Seeking Cinema Sommelier…

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The Cinema Connoisseur

So, I am writing a blog.  Not my favorite term but possibly close to the word some think of when I speak (blah, blah, blah…).  I’ve never written one before.  I’ve written columns, articles, even a couple of songs (in the 70’s, don’t look, they are long gone!)  I am told this is important and…