Among the highest priorities now for homebuyers with high incomes is that their dwellings have home theaters. According to a survey last year of homebuyers with incomes over $250,000, home theaters ranked above wine cellars, safe rooms, tennis or sports courts and even servants quarters. Of course, what qualifies as a "home theater" is in the eye of the viewer, but it's likely that what these luxury homebuyers have in mind is something more than a big screen and a couple of easy chairs with cupholders. As evidenced by some of the home theaters in the slideshow below, variations include rooms that recreate the movie-show experience as well as spaces adapted to a home's design.
Think nothing beats the experience of sitting down with a bucket of popcorn in a reclining seat at a modern cineplex? What about reclining in a hot tub? In honor of this weekend's Academy Awards presentation, here are AOL Real Estate's picks for the best home theaters we've seen in the past year.
Who needs a theater balcony when you can view date movies from a loveseat? This ultra-plush setting was recently featured in a post about romantic rooms that set the mood. Indeed.
Even more intimately appointed is this cushy room at the Los Angeles home of glamour photographer Richard Franklin, a house which doubles as his studio. The house is currently for sale at $6.75 million.
Going from Venus to Mars, here's a fan-cave Hall-of-Famer (complete with a display of sports jerseys) that would be just as comfortable a place to watch "Hoosiers" for the umpteenth time as March Madness.
Or perhaps you prefer a viewing area that's integrated into a modern, open plan, as seen in the Chicago-area mansion of Pippen's former teammate, Michael Jordan. After failing to sell at auction with a reserve of $13 million, Jordan's house is back on the market -- at a higher price.