Finally got around to putting together the Palace Cinema like I said I was going to do about three weeks ago. I found this build to be more fun than the Town Hall. I found the Town Hall to be quite tedious for not a lot of payoff in terms of cool features (not saying it’s not a great set), but the Palace Cinema was definitely a better experience.
-Looks great. The outside details are fantastic.
-Details details details! I love how the ticket windows have an open slot beneath them for sliding the money and tickets through like in real life. The movie posters covering the full size of the windows are a great touch, and the snack bar is fabulous. The rows of seats in the theater are great, as well as the projector piece.
-Love the marquee. Almost wish it really lit up!
-Red. Good god red. The baseplate for the set is red, instead of a grey or green like previous. Which really isn’t a big deal per say – having the carpet inside the theater be red is a great detail, but it’s kind of overpowering on the inside. It’s not a huge con, more of an observation for the detail oriented.
-Plain faces. I’m at the point where if I paid $150 for an ‘expert’ set, I want some customized minifig heads – not the plain eyes and smile from the 70’s.
-The back of the spire at the top of the building is incomplete making it look like a fake cardboard movie set instead of a complete building.
-The car looks dumb.
It looks like I’ve got more cons than pros, but those are just little details that bug me. Overall, it’s a fantastic building and I’m super happy they made it. It’s a perfect addition to a town street.
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