Allan: I enjoyed the link.
Putting a "finer" point on my point...
A Theatre was once where one went to see a play, attend the Opra, or go to the Ballet. (Some families had the money to build a Theatre in the home.)
The Motion Picture came along. The logical place to show a "film" was the Theatre. Audio track a piano stage left. (The families with money, nodded to one another and said," We must have this for our Theatre".)
Time marches on.
MGM, Cinema, Silver screen, Television, Betavision, BBC, cable TV, The couch Potato. Astounding to me the advancements from Zog starring into the flames of a fire to satellite TiVo. (But notice the downward trend?)
Somewhere along the line a "living room" with a Television became law.
Somewhere along the line this now qualifies as a "Home Theatre".
Now some preface their "Home Theatre" with the word "dedicated".
Add "D.H.T" to the procession of titles.
Last week I clicked a "Dedicated Home Theatre" site, while surfing Yahoo cities, and saw the front room of a two room, over flowing, "low rent" apartment. I shook my head and popped off with this vague, shallow at best, scratch of the suface, topic.
An apartment can be a home. Home is where you keep your stuff. A/V equipment is stuff. A Theatre shows films with A/V stuff...but how does one spin the word "dedicated" into this mogrel term? By plunging the "D.H.T." into total darkness? I don't get it.
I must be a snob. jdb
PS How I named the place I keep my A/V stuff?
Mr. Peabody was a humble, resourceful, man of quality with great pride in his efforts. I liked him. He's now dead.
I chose the word "Theatre" over "Cinema" as we also have live shows, the kids mostly, in addition to a projector and screen for "film".
The only thing not so humble about the room is the number of hours I've put into it's construction. (On that I take the 5th)