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Where the Screening Room Is the Feature

Nov 19, 2021 | By: Ameena Walker

For the first time in nearly two years, this holiday season might offer some sense of normalcy. While this Thanksgiving comes with the prospect of slightly larger gatherings and a bevy of reasons to be grateful, it doesn’t diminish the holiday’s often hectic qualities, including cooking and cleanup. There’s no better way to unwind after a busy celebration than to kick back and enjoy a nice movie. These five developments offer the best screening rooms that residents could ask for.

53 West 53

The Jean Nouvel-designed supertall condominium building 53 West 53 in Midtown Manhattan offers an expansive 30,000 square feet of amenity space. This includes an 18-seat screening room equipped with theater-style reclining seats and ambient lighting, all set among the theater’s blue, beige, and wood-finished backdrop. Residents of this 145-residence tower only have to worry about bringing the popcorn.

Brooklyn Point

The screening room within Brooklyn Point doubles as a performance space, giving residents and their guests the opportunity to showcase their talents. The area is perfect for a calm movie night and already comes equipped with a popcorn maker, a mix of single- and double-upholstered seats, surround-sound speakers, and a massive screen.

While warm weather on Thanksgiving is no guarantee in New York City, anything is possible. The 458-residence condominium building also features an outdoor movie screening space that residents can enjoy in the event of unseasonably warm weather.

Una Residences

One of Miami’s newest luxury waterfront developments is Una Residences, a 47-story condominium building developed by OKO Group and Cain International in the city’s Brickell neighborhood. While the project is still under development, future occupants of the 135-residence tower can look forward to having a private movie theater as part of the amenities package. 

The media room within the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill-designed residence will feature movable chairs, footrests, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. This is in addition to the building’s on-site dining, multiple pools, and private marina.

Front & York

In Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, residents of the Morris Adjmi-designed condominium building Front & York get access to an impressive 150,000 square feet of amenity spaces. With that comes a sheltered outdoor screening lounge, located on the building’s landscaped wraparound terrace, that can be used year-round. The swanky movie lounge within Front & York—codeveloped by CIM Group and LIVWRK—features integrated heat lanterns, a massive fireplace, a wall-encompassing screen, and cozy bean bag-like chairs.

The Avery

The Avery, San Francisco’s 56-story glass tower, was designed by architect and OMA founder Rem Koolhaas with sustainability and wellness in mind. The Related Companies-developed building offers a mix of condominiums and rentals, along with 30,000 square feet of amenity space with impressive perks like exclusive car-share services and a high-end demo kitchen. 

The private screening room is stunning, with its wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, plush oversized U-shaped couches, recessed lights, and a food and drink bar in case you want to make movie night a bit boozy.