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Galaxy Diner and Empire Theater
A CC-standard build, based off of the classic American diners and Art Deco movie theaters of the 1930s and 40s.
About this creation
It took a several months and a lot of bricks, but I finally finished my latest modular buildings: The Galaxy Diner and Empire Theater. Based on the classic American diners and Art Deco movie theaters of the 1930s and 40s, this takes up two baseplates with the diner being 8 studs narrower than a typical modular and the theater being 8 studs wider. The theater is loosely based on the cinema from 10184 Town Plan, but made to look more at home in New York instead of Miami Beach. The names were also chosen to be of the era and are not named for any specific buildings.


I'll start with the diner. It uses red and dark red for the stripes along with a lot of light bley rails.


Here is the longer facade of the diner...


and here is the shorter facade.


The large skylight at the top allows in a lot of light.


Despite being small for a modular, it is still quite roomy. There is a full kitchen and seating for 16 minifigs - 4 at the counter, 4 along the windows, and 8 in the booths.






Moving now the the theater. This uses a lot of colors, the predominant ones being white at the base, medium dark flesh for the upper levels, and a mix of blue, medium blue, and dark blue for the detailing.


While the diner was a very straight forward build, this uses SNOT techniques everywhere. I needed a lot of jumpers and the new bricks with a stud on one side. You will notice that the two medium blue columns are cranked at 45 degree angles, and the cheese slopes on either side of the main sign are held together by Technic bricks and pins hidden by white tiles.


A better look at the theater sign...


and details on the main facade.


The back is definitely the back - I put all my focus on the front. This shows the balcony off the third floor and the spotlights at the top for special events.


This originally started as more of a mod of the cinema in the 10184 Town Plan. Both the ticket booth and marquee show definite inspiration from that while the rest of the building kept growing more ambitious.




The first floor contains a concession stand with popcorn kettle, soda machine, shelves for candy, popcorn warmer, and butter pump. There is also a fountain and two restrooms.






A view through the windows on the ground floor.


The second floor is unconventional in terms of how it handles the third floor. It was a pain to try and break the front facade due to all the SNOT work, so only two walls come off initially.


I have a bunch of Harry Potter minifigs after getting Diagon Ally for parts, so I made them into 3D posters. You can see a drinking fountain under the spiral stairs and the theater screen and curtain.


The third floor is for the projectionist, and contains the projector, a couch and table to sit and relax while the movie is going, and a door out to the balcony.


And here is the projectionist enjoying some fresh air.


A view back into the theater.


Finally, here is it next to the Town Plan Cinema...


... with my first two MOCs: the Modular Market Village (left) and Cast-Iron Florist (right)...


... and the Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium. I think it looks like it has always been a part of the block.


Thank you for looking at my build and free free to comment and ask questions!




Comments

 I like it 
  January 14, 2013
This is amazing. Probably the best custom modular building I've seen. Great job!
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  January 25, 2012
2 simple questions #1 OMG how did you make this! #2 can I buy the blueprints?
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  November 21, 2011
This is amazing! I think I love the movie theater best. :)
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  October 26, 2011
Excellent work! Love the detail. I may have a go at replicating it, if you don't mind ;).
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  August 28, 2011
Amazing! This has inspired me to create my own! :)
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  August 28, 2011
Absolutely flawless. Great use of bricks and color scheme.
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  May 31, 2011
I love everything about this whole thing. The realism of the diner. The stack of red cups at the counter. I love that triangular colorful design on the top of the cinema. And bunch of other great details.
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  May 18, 2011
Amazing work on these!! The detail in both is outstanding!
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  May 11, 2011
This is superb! If you have placed this in a modular town I would love to see the results.
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  May 6, 2011
... I'm sorry, I'm a little too busy trying to pick my jaw up off of the floor to actually make an intellectual comment. Thank you for showing me just how far I have left to go in my lego building skills before I even think about posting here. Jerk. :D By the way, I love the Octan ad on the side of the theatre.
 I made it 
  April 21, 2011
Quoting Andrew Tate Is that the colour in most of the Prince of persia sets, I think the burrow from HP also has some?
Yes it is. The Winter Village Bakery also used a fair amount of it.
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  April 20, 2011
Is that the colour in most of the Prince of persia sets, I think the burrow from HP also has some?
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting Andrew Tate Where did you get all that dark orange from. Give it to me! ;) Nice flooring on the cinema ground floor inside and out.
It's actually Medium Dark Flesh. Poor lighting is the easiest way to get a lot of a rare color :)
 I like it 
  April 13, 2011
Where did you get all that dark orange from. Give it to me! ;) Nice flooring on the cinema ground floor inside and out.
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  April 13, 2011
Love all of the colors! The seats in the diner were great and I loved the checkered floor in it! The rounded shape really gives it that "diner" feel. I loved the exterier of the theater! Great usage of the 1x1 cheese slopes and the pattern of the colors was perfect! The stairs were great! I loved the foutain and the bathrooms! Great job on the acual theater part and the projector room. There was so much detail! I usually don't give comments like this but this seemed to deserve one. Great job again!
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  April 12, 2011
Well done, most impressive. Way to take the 10184 theatre to a new level! I also love the little diner
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  April 12, 2011
Very nice work here! Good snot work! and nice art deco look (like http://cinematreasures.org/theater/1490/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AlamedaTheatre.jpg ) I like the open arch back detail at the top of the Empire sign. Again very nice work!
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  April 11, 2011
Just beautiful! I'm a big fan of the art deco style, and this is just plain FUN to look at! The details are wonderfully rendered! My grandfather and 2 of my uncles were projectionists, so this hits home! Very, very well done!
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  April 11, 2011
The theater looks fantastic, great deco detail, the projector reels brill, and the diners cool too.
 
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