Incredibly-detailed scale model of 1930s cinema

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Birmingham, England's Cyril Barbier, 82, built a scale model of the huge Odeon New Street 1930s movie theater, complete with 2,600 seats, an organ that raises and lowers, and a curtain surrounding a 15" LCD to play movies of the era. The project has taken him nearly 30 years and it's so big, it can't even fit out of his bedroom door. The Birminghan Mail has a lovely slideshow of the model and brief article about it. According to Metro, Barbier hopes to sell it. "‘I would hate for it to end up in a skip,’ he said. ‘Deep down, I built it to go into a museum.’


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    I hope Mr. Barbier lives to see his 112th year and suggest he starts his scale model of  “Le Grand Rex” (Paris, France) right away!

  2. The Birmingham Odeon, where I saw many fantastic (and some not so fantastic) gigs during the 1980s when it was primarily a live venue, has unfortunately been split into a multiplex cinema now. The largest studio is essentially just the front stalls visible in the picture above, which came as something of a surprise when I saw Stardust there a few years ago.

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