Home cinema, also commonly called home theatre, are home entertainment set-ups
that seek to reproduce the movie theatre going experience and mood with the
help of video and audio equipment in a private home.
In the 1950s, playing home movies became popular in the United States with
Kodak 8 mm film projector equipment becoming affordable. The development of
multi-channel audio systems and later LaserDisc in the 1980s created a new
paradigm for home cinema. In the early to mid 1990s, a typical home cinema
in the United States would have a LaserDisc or VHS player fed to a large
Beginning In the late 1990s,and continuing
through out much of the 2000s home theatre technology progressed with the
development of the DVD-Video format, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio
("surround sound") speaker systems, and high-definition television. In the
2010s 3D television technology and Blue-ray Disc have ushered in a new era
of home theatre once again.