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Heather Dubrow’s Sprawling Home Suffered a Major Flood… Twice!

It happened in Terry Dubrow's favorite room in their California mansion.

By Courtney Thompson
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Just when you thought you’d seen all of Dubrow Chateau — from the stunning master suite to the resort-level backyardHeather Dubrow is pulling back the curtain once again, this time revealing which room is husband Terry’s favorite: the movie theater! And with good reason. Like all things at Dubrow Chateau, the family’s in-home theater is, in a word, bananas.

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“There’s nothing Terry loves more than being in his movie theater,” said The Real Housewives of Orange County alum. “It is the most amazing cinema experience I have ever had.” Which makes what happened to that room oh-so shocking. That’s right, folks, it was Terry’s beloved (and expensive) movie theater that suffered a flood… twice!

After filming the tour of the sumptuous space (see all the photos below), Heather’s son Nicky discovered several inches of water covering the theater floor.  “What a disaster… there was water everywhere. Everywhere!” Heather explained. “They had to rip out the carpeting, the seats. And then I had mold specialists come and do mold tests not just in the movie theater but everywhere around it and around the house and even outside the house.”

Workers then rebuilt the room… only to have it flood again! “There were these torrential rains in California, and it happened again. And we had to do the whole thing… again. Why did it flood? It was this weird retaining wall something something, this is above my comprehension level for construction. What I can tell you is it is fixed! It is dry! There’s no mold! And it’s never happened again!”

Amen to that. Take a tour of the gorgeous space below, or check out the entire video here.

The Layout


“A lot of newer home theaters don’t have theater seats, they have sofas or they have love seats and they make it look more like a living room. But we like a more traditional movie theater.”

The Seating


High-tech to the hilt, the theater features 21 reclining chairs, each of which has its own table and phone-charging station. “They’re so comfortable, it’s the greatest movie-watching experience,” Heather explained. “It’s actually ruined my movie-going experience, because I just wanna be at home.”

The Décor Details


“I love leopard and this dark red on the walls — I call it claret,” Heather explained of the theater’s leopard-print carpet and red wine-hued textured walls. “These were the exact colors in my apartment when I met Terry.”

The Screen


“We put a stage in our theater like we did in our last house,” said Heather.

The Lighting


“I love the scale of these huge sconces, I was so excited when I found these,” exclaimed Heather.

The Flood


A retaining wall flaw was to blame for the movie theater flooding two times, but fear not, Terry's beloved space is back to its original form now. 

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