It took a while, 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 specifically named for any specific buildings.
Without further ado, here it is. Despite three different "fonts" going on, I think it all works.
I'll start with the diner.
There is a large skylight at the top which allows in a lot of light.
Despite being small for a modular, it is still quite roomy with seating for 16 minifigs.
Moving now to the theater.
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.
A closer look at some of the details.
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.
Sadly, this father is not going to have any of that $100 bill left after the tickets and snacks are paid for...
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.
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.
Finally, here is it next to the Town Plan Cinema...
... and the Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium. I think it fits in rather well.
Many more photos on my flickr account here and on Brickshelf here.
Thank you for looking, and apologies for the quality of some of these - I shot with the flash off to help reduce the reflections, so they are rather dark. Any questions or comments are of course welcome
UPDATE: Since this has been bumped from the dead, I might as well add that this model is now on CUUSOO for anyone who wants to vote for it.
Edited by sonicstarlight, 26 June 2012 - 01:01 AM.