The Cinema Company, formerly known as Strictly AV LTD, was born in 2007.
Having spent years in the Audio Visual industry working for some of the UK's top companies, founder James Brown sought an opportunity to start a company that offered clients more than just boxes installed. A company that would fully integrate and offer a bespoke design and installation service, giving clients a full turn-key solution for home cinema and all things smart home. A company with service and aftercare as a top priority.
Over the last 15 years, James has built a team of knowledgeable, friendly engineers with specific areas of expertise in Home Cinema Installation, Smart Home technology integration, CCTV & Security, Lighting Design & Control and bespoke carpentry and joinery.
As long-standing members of CEDIA (The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) The Cinema Company ensure all installations meet the highest standards set by the industry governing body.
Contact us to arrange a site survey or visit our Control4 Certified Showroom in Wickford, Essex to experience the best in Home Cinema, Home Automation, Multi-Room Audio, HD Video Distribution, Lighting Design & Control, Automated Blinds, CCTV Security and Heating Control.
" I FOUND THE CINEMA COMPANY BY CHANCE. I WANTED TO UPGRADE MY ENTIRE HOUSE. WHAT A FIND THIS COMPANY WAS. THEY WERE QUICK, EFFICIENT AND PROFESSIONAL. MY HOUSE IS NOW 'MOVIE PERFECT'. "
The Cinema company installed a media room for me in a new extension, including a 75" TV, Dolby Atmos surround sound system, Blue Ray DVD, AV Receiver, Sky Box etc. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them and they have proved to be extremely competent and professional. I found them to be very knowledgeable, very good at understanding client needs and making appropriate recommendations, and very flexible in their approach. They worked alongside my builders and electrician and coped with moving dates and timelines due to delays in the building work. Most importantly they have been great at helping me learn how to use the system. No question has been too small/silly and they have happily returned on a couple of occasions to sort out very minor issues and to teach me how to use the system. I feel very reassured to know that they are at the end of the phone and also that they will return at any point if I have a problem. I would highly recommend them - they have done a fabulous job for me and proved to be a great company to work with.
Realising a long-held dream, The Cinema Company helped me create a home cinema in our new garden pavillion. Their team of experts talked me through the whole process, advising me, without any sales pressure, on what features to consider. They suggested the relative merits of a range of projectors and whether, in real world terms it was worth paying extra. Things like choosing a screen which absorbed stray light at the edges, having speakers built into the wall behind the acoustically neutral screen and placing others so there was a 360 degree effect were all benefits of using their experience - things that perhaps the average individual might never even have considered. For a relatively small additional cost, they suggested it would be easy to add network connection and Apple TV and these added to the usefulness of the system and the enjoyment of using it.
Come the actual installation day, the team of engineers worked speedily, efficiently and carefully. No harm was done to the pavillion itself and it was a miracle that no single ( unslightly) cable could be seen when the job was finished. The engineers talked my wife and me through the use of the system and before leaving, even technophobes like us were very happy we could work our new system.
When a small problem arose a few days later, a quick phone call to the team led to a second home visit and the problem was swiftly rectified. We have had none since.
Overall, I heartily recommend the team at the Cinema Company. All are friendly, approachable and hugely knowledgable. Our family really enjoy using the system they have designed and installed. I honestly struggle to see how the service they provided could be bettered.
"Would highly recommend the cinema company! Really lovely staff, hard working and good quality work."
If you're considering any type of Audio/Visual in your home then please don't pass these guys, one of the best companies I found and they have since built my previous and current Lounge/Cinema. They do an amazing job from design to finish and are professional at all times, nothing is to much trouble. I wouldn't use anyone else and recommend them to all friends and family, if you wanted to see there work before deciding to use them i'm that happy with them I would even allow a demo of my setup to evidence their outstanding work.
Members of The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association
Control4 authorised Gold Dealer 2021
In February 2016 we were awarded most valuable UK partner award.
Delivering CPD's (Continuing Professional Development) to the community, providing education and training to a range of architects, developers and designers across the UK. Contact us to book your CPD.
Our staff are Pakedge Certified Network Administrators. Proficient in network design, installation and configuration.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much does a home cinema cost?
The cost of a home cinema system can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the setup. A basic system with a large flat-screen TV, a soundbar, and a DVD player could cost as little as £2000, while a more advanced setup with a projector, surround sound speakers, and additional features could cost upwards of £10,000.
What are the top 5 elements to consider when planning a home cinema?
1. Room and speaker layout: Making sure the room is laid out properly and equipped with the appropriate speakers for an optimal audio experience.
2. Display technology: Choosing the right display technology such as LED, LCD, or OLED TV's, DLP or Laser 4K Projectors for your budget and desired viewing experience.
3. Sound system: Investing in a surround sound system is essential for any home cinema.
4. Seating: Choosing comfortable and stylish seating that is optimally positioned for the best viewing experience.
5. Lighting: Installing lighting that can be dimmed and adjusted to suit the movie being watched.
What is acoustic treatment and how does it work in a cinema room?
Acoustic treatment is a method of soundproofing a room to reduce unwanted noise and reverberation. In a cinema room, acoustic treatment works by using acoustic panels, diffusers, and absorbers to absorb, reflect, and diffuse sound waves. Acoustic panels are used to absorb sound energy, diffusers reduce reverberation and echo, and absorbers reduce the level of echo and reverberation in the room. All of these treatments work together to create a more enjoyable listening experience in your cinema room.
What makes a smart home?
A smart home is a home that is equipped with technology to provide automated, intuitive control over the home's security, climate, lighting, appliances, and other systems. By connecting compatible devices and appliances to a home network, you can control them remotely through a smartphone, tablet, or computer, or even through voice commands. This allows you to automate your home's functions, making it more secure, energy efficient, and convenient.
Is Control4 the best choice for a smart home system?
Control4 is a popular choice for a smart home system, as it offers a comprehensive range of features and is easy to install and use. It also has a wide range of compatible devices, allowing you to customize your system to your needs. Additionally, Control4 offers a wide range of support options, making it a great choice for those who want a reliable and secure smart home system. Ultimately, whether Control4 is the best choice for a smart home system depends on your needs and preferences.
The Cinema Company Ltd is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
If you share your contact details with us it’s important that you understand how this is used and how you can control its usage, in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Collection and Usage of Personal Data Customer Accounts
If you have a customer account, The Cinema Company Ltd may require personal information in order to manage your account or to provide you with access to its services. Any such information will be used exclusively by The Cinema Company Ltd, our employees, suppliers, agents and any applicable third party service providers required to set up your service or needed to respond to your requests. This data is held within The Cinema Company Ltd database, while email addresses alongside correspondence is also retained within the Company’s email service.
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If you have consented for email bulletins then it is important that you understand we utilise MailChimp for our marketing database and email service for the following purposes:
The transfer of contact information to MailChimp
To store contact information in our MailChimp account
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However, your email address and details will NOT be shared with any other Third-Party for marketing purposes.
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The term “The Cinema Company Ltd” or “us” or “we” refers to the owner of the website. The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of our website.
The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
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The Cinema Company LTD
Terms and Conditions
From here on, where we/our/us is specified, this is to be understood as The Cinema Company (TCC) or any sub-contractors working on our behalf.
Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
A reference to one gender includes the other gender.
Any payment made to us, whether in part or full payment, relating to any Quotation/Invoice indicates your acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
All Contracts and Terms & Conditions will be made in the English Language only and subject to English Law.
Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these.
These Terms & Conditions may be used either in their entirety or the relevant part of.
Contract: any contract between the Business and the Customer for the sale and purchase of the Goods or Services, incorporating these conditions.
Customer: an individual or business that purchases goods or services from TCC.
Goods: any tangible items agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Customer by TCC (including any part or parts of them).
Services: any non-tangible item agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Customer by TCC, including but not limited to; advice, design, diagnostics, installation, system service.
1.1 All Quotations, whether in their paper form or a digital form, are valid for 30 days from the date of their creation. All quotations are supplied based upon either a verbal description or visual inspection of the property and the work to be carried out. All quotations/estimates are approximate and subject to change when additional labour or parts are required and we're not included in the original estimate will be added to the final invoice.
1.2 Our quotations are provided based upon us having free and easy access to the property and not having to work around other trades or site restrictions. We expect the room to be sufficiently cleared prior to our arrival, for us to commence our installation. We can aid in the removal of the property where it is not feasible for the homeowner to carry this out, but this needs to be discussed at the quotation stage so we can allow for this within costings but also the time allocated in the calendar. Where this is the case, it can lead to substantial delays in our working day. This could potentially lead to increased labour charges as a result.
1.3 TCC will supply the Customer with Electronic items, but are not qualified Electricians in any respect or definition of the term. We can advise you of what we require in terms of power and where to locate this, but it is the Customers responsibility to arrange this unless it has previously been agreed during the quotation stage or has been accepted by TCC, in writing, as their responsibility to arrange.
1.4 We will make the assumption that where we or our Joiners are not supplying the furniture/rack for our equipment, any furniture you or others are providing, will be in place and fully built prior to our arrival. The unit should have suitable ventilation to promote the longevity of the products that it houses as well as suitable access to the rear of the unit for cabling purposes. Where any modifications have to be made to any unit, we reserve the right to charge for these modifications and will not be held responsible for any reduction in rigidity or value having carried out this work. There should be a suitable amount of shelving to accommodate all items that are to be installed. We reserve the right to charge for any return visits for the installation of products where adequate furniture has not been provided or is not ready for products to be housed.
1.5 Any joiners should have completed their cabinets including any filling/finishing that they need to. Any finishes should have had suitable drying time allowed prior to our site attendance.
1.6 Please note that any additional work requested beyond that detailed in our quotation, estimate, or subsequent documents will be chargeable at our normal rates as detailed within our price list.
1.7 Except in the case of Government induced changes or were specifically excluded we will honor all prices quoted for a period of 30 days from the date of quotation. After that period each item will be charged at the current retail selling price on the day of supply.
2. Payment(s)/Supply of Good(s)
2.1 All products shall remain the property of The Cinema Company / Strictly AV Limited until full payment is irrevocably received. Title to the goods will not be passed to any third party until such payment has been received. We reserve the right, should we need to, retrieve the products if payment has not been made as agreed.
2.2 The payment schedule for the supply of goods, from cable for first fix right through to products or services supplied at the final installation, we will require full payment before we order any item into stock. We are happy to retain the products at our premises once this payment has been received should you require us to. We will deliver the products to the site/property if this is required, titles to the products will then be transferred to you at this point and we will hold no responsibility for any loss or damage to the items once they have been delivered. When we have delivered said items, we will require our delivery form to be completed and signed by yourself to confirm this.
2.3 TCC reserves the right to cancel your order or part thereof (with a refund within a maximum of 30 days) if our suppliers are unable to supply the product that you require. Should TCC be unable to supply a product due to the inability of our suppliers to provide the product, TCC is under no obligation to do anything other than removing the product from our manifest and refund your payment for the item, in full.
2.4 If the actual Vendor’s product becomes discontinued or is unavailable within 30 days of your order, TCC reserves the right to substitute part or all of your order with a similar, or more expensive and/or newer version of the product (at no extra cost to you) even from a different vendor. If, however, this results in a significant variation in price, specification, or appearance then we will discuss this with you before supply.
2.5 If an item is no longer required following a request by yourself or someone acting on your behalf, there will be a 25% restocking fee applied to any amount to be refunded. We reserve the right to increase this, anywhere up to 100%, for custom or bespoke items that have been ordered or made specifically for your job.
2.6 The work (labour) that our installation teams carry out at your property will be invoiced at the end of the week in which the work was completed. An invoice will be sent to you by your preferred means where payment is required immediately upon receiving it. This invoice will also contain any additional items or extra man hours that we have had to use to get your system up and running.
2.7 Unless stated, all prices quoted exclude VAT at the current rate (20% at present). VAT will then be added at the end of the Quotation/Invoice.
2.8 Payment can be made by BACS, Debit/Credit card, or Cheque. For card payments, there will be a small administrative charge added onto the payment which is in line with the charges applied to the account by our provider. Payments can be accepted by cash but this will need to be arranged beforehand. Any large quantities of cash will have the correct procedures followed and relevant agencies contacted.
2.9 Any payment made to us, whether in part or full payment, relating to any Quotation/Invoice indicates your acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
3.1 This condition applies where TCC manufactures the Goods using designs and specifications provided by the Customer.
3.2 TCC shall endeavor to indicate potential improvements and problems to the Customer at the time of ordering.
3.3 TCC shall not test any Goods supplied under this condition. It is the responsibility of the Customer to test any such Goods. TCC cannot accept any liability for Goods designed by the Customer which are discovered not to be fit for the purpose for which they were designed.
3.4 Samples can be provided by TCC to the Customer upon request and subject to a charge at the sole discretion of the Business.
3.5 It is the responsibility of the Customer to specify, use and install products and materials suitable for the application in accordance with any current instructions and drawings supplied by us to British, local national or international specifications or statutory regulations relating to the goods.
3.6 For a “supply only” sale, the Customer is responsible for the accuracy of sizes requested. Any amendments to joinery items ordered due to inaccurate sizes will be charged for.
3.7 If the material or goods are ordered to be supplied to a template and the template dimensions differ from those associated documents or correspondence, the order will be executed to the dimensions of the template. Templates must always be of a rigid material.
3.8 In accordance with our policy of constant improvement, we reserve the right to modify or amend without notice the specification of any of our products.
3.9 Specification changes are subject to acceptance by TCC, including price revisions and any adjustments necessary to cover material procured and processed and labour expended prior to receipt by TCC of revised specifications.
3.10 Whilst every attempt is made to eliminate the expansion of joinery items such as but not limited to gates, doors, windows, and flooring by allowing a certain amount of clearance, TCC is not liable for any expansion or swelling of these items.
3.11 Unless otherwise stated, staining or painting of joinery items is not included in the estimated or quoted price.
4.1. Where the Goods have been manufactured by TCC and are found to be defective, or installation work by TCC is found to be defective, TCC shall repair or, in its sole discretion, replace defective Goods free of charge upon the following conditions:
4.1.1. the Customer giving notice of the defect within 7 days of the defect coming to the Customer’s attention;
4.1.2. such notice being served within 30 days of delivery or collection for a “supply only” sale, or within 1 year of the date of the invoice for “installation” work;
4.1.3. the defect being due to TCC’s faulty design, workmanship or materials;
4.1.4. the Customer having complied with TCC’s oral or written instructions as to storage, installation, use or maintenance of the Goods or in accordance with good trade practice; and
4.1.5. the defect is not due to rot or insect attack of joinery items.
4.2. Any Goods to be repaired or replaced for a “supply only” sale shall be delivered to TCC at the Customer’s expense.
5.1 Where TCC is not the manufacturer of the Goods, TCC shall endeavor to transfer to the Customer the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given to TCC
5.2 TCC warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these Terms) on delivery [and for a period of 3 months from the date of delivery,] the Goods shall:
5.2.1 be of satisfactory quality within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979;
5.2.2 be reasonably fit for any particular purpose for which the Goods are being bought if the Customer had made known that purpose to TCC in writing and TCC has confirmed in writing that it is reasonable for the Customer to rely on the skill and judgement of TCC
5.3 TCC shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 5.2 unless:
5.3.1 the Customer gives written notice of the defect to TCC, and, if the defect is as a result of damage in transit to the carrier, within 7 days of the time when the Customer discovers or ought to have discovered the defect; and
5.3.2 TCC is given a reasonable opportunity after receiving the notice of examining such Goods and the Customer (if asked to do so by TCC) returns such Goods to the TCC’s place of business at the [TCC's] cost for the examination to take place there.
5.4 TCC shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 5.2 if:
5.4.1 the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving such notice; or
5.4.2 the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow TCC’s oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice; or
5.4.3 the Customer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of TCC.
5.5 Subject to condition 5.3 and condition 5.4, if any of the Goods do not conform with any of the warranties in condition 5.2 TCC shall at its option repair or replace such Goods (or the defective part) or refund the price of such Goods at the pro rata Contract rate PROVIDED THAT, if TCC so requests, the Customer shall, at TCC’s expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to TCC.
5.6 If TCC complies with condition 5.5 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 5.2 in respect of such Goods.
5.7 Any Goods replaced shall belong to TCC and any repaired or replacement Goods shall be guaranteed on these terms for the unexpired portion of the 3 month period.
6. Site Attendance
6.1 For Health & Safety reasons, we require that all animals and children are removed from any areas that we are working or will require access to. This is to include our vehicles and any routes to and from the property. We will not be liable for any damage or injury caused by failure to adhere to this. This requirement does extend to any adults that are at the property for the period we are working there, it is taken that they would be aware of any works being carried out and will adapt accordingly.
6.2 If, upon our commencement of works, it becomes apparent that additional work is required that was either previously not disclosed or due to factors that could not be reasonably foreseen, further charges may be incurred. If we believe that extra charges are going to be incurred, we shall take all reasonable steps to contact you before continuing with this work. If, by not carrying out this work, the progress of the job schedule is going to be delayed for anyone working at the property and we have taken the above steps to clarify this with you, but still not made contact, we will, at our discretion, get the work done where possible so as to not to cause delays that would incur extra charges from others.
6.3 In cases where it has been necessary for us to use filler or similar products to make good, we may not be able to achieve a finish suitable for final decoration within the time allocated. In this case, it will be necessary for further preparatory work to be carried out by others prior to final decoration and it may be necessary for you to employ a specialist contractor.
6.4 In cases where it has been necessary for us to lift any carpet or flooring we cannot unless specifically agreed prior to agreement of a final price, guarantee to re-lay it in its original state. In this case, it may be necessary for you to employ a specialist contractor.
6.5 In the case of projects utilizing in ceiling speakers, we are able to supply and install in ceiling hoods, these ensure compliance with current regulations. It is important that you are aware that without these hoods the installation of ceiling speakers may be in contravention of Parts B (Fire Safety) and Parts E (Resistance to the passage of sound) of the UK building regulations and regulations 527-02-01 of the current IEE Electrical Regulations. The responsibility for this ultimately lies with the property owner, who may be served notice if any work carried out doesn't comply with the UK Building Regulations. The property owner accepts this responsibility and understands that in the event of a fire an insurance claim could be affected.
6.6 We may prior to and during the installation process take still images of the project and its immediate surroundings. These are primarily for project management and training purposes however occasionally they may be used for promotional purposes. We will not, however, disclose to any third party the address of the property or names, etc of the clients concerned, nor cause to be published, photographs that may easily allow the premises to be identified.
7.1 All of our installations are covered by our 1-year limited warranty. This warranty solely relates to the workmanship carried out at your property. In no way is it suggested, implied, or offered to cover any products or malfunction of any products relating to your installation.
7.2 Where hard drives, including NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives, are supplied, these are subject to the standard manufacturer’s warranty. We shall not be held liable for any damage or loss of material caused by any products that we have supplied or serviced, including hard drives and NAS drives, whether internal or external.
7.3 Any faulty product will need to be arranged to be returned to our Office/Showroom. If a product does become faulty within the first 4 weeks of installation, we will, at our earliest convenience, collect the products free of charge. If the fault should occur outside of this 4 week period, it is your responsibility to get the product to us/the manufacturer. If it is outside this 4 week period, we will collect the item and return it to reinstall the item, at our earliest convenience, which is a chargeable service. We shall not be liable for any costs incurred in returning the product. All packaging is to be retained for 28 days from installation to maintain the product's warranty. This is a manufacturer’s requirement. We can remove the packaging from the property for you and store it until it can be disposed of, this will be subject to a fee.