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LEGO “Jabba’s Palace Cinema” (Modification of LEGO Palace Cinema 10232)

February 23, 2013

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The Palace Cinema (set #10232) is the latest entry in LEGO’s line of modular buildings. They’re designed to fit together to form a city block, and include things like a town hall, fire station, pet shop, and corner cafe. I really liked the idea of a LEGO movie theater, so I bought one even though I don’t collect the LEGO City line at all. I figured it would be a cool addition for a home theater.

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But the name “Palace Theater” (and my tendency to try and shoehorn Jabba into just about everything) got me thinking about what it might be like if Jabba had a movie theater, so I decided to go ahead and make it “Jabba’s Palace Cinema.” One challenge was the big sign. Originally it read “PALACE” on both sides, but after considerable experimentation and a few extra bricks from my bits box, I managed to get it to say “JABBAS” on one side (the apostrophe, sadly, is beyond me).

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I made the theater marquees on one of those sites that lets you type anything to generate a theater sign. They’re not permanently attached, so I can swap in some new movies later if I so desire.

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The same goes for the posters. One thing that excited me about getting this set was that it would give me the opportunity to design LEGO-style movie posters for some of my favorite movies. (The included sticker sheet has posters for some cute LEGO-style movies, but they don’t quite do it for me.) I made these three posters from scratch in Photoshop. I based them on classic Star Wars posters and used photos of my own LEGO figures (with a few taken from Google for figures I didn’t have, etc.) You can see the originals below, but of course they were designed to be printed off at 1″ by 2″. [EDIT: Some people have asked for higher-res versions of the posters, so here they are: ANH, ESB, ROJ.)

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The theater is comprised of three levels which lift off easily, allowing you to access the inside. On the first floor is the concession stand and the ticket windows.

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Luke is obviously trying to use the force to get a discount…

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On the second floor is the theater proper. I had to remove one row of theater seats to fit Jabba in there.

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Jabba loves watching himself in Return of the Jedi. Just don’t tell him how his sequence ends!

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And of course the rancor is on the roof. The poor keeper is stuck cleaning up after him and never gets to see the show.

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I changed a few things about the building, like adding the torches and axes to the roof, but nothing too major. Still, I think it turned out pretty well.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2013 11:37 pm

    That modification is awesome. The Palace Theater is pretty cool by itself but having Jabba take over makes it so much better.

  2. February 24, 2013 9:41 pm

    Absolutely awesome!

  3. WampaVsRancor permalink
    February 27, 2013 7:34 pm

    That is fantastic.

  4. Christian permalink
    March 12, 2013 10:07 pm

    This is truly ingenious!! what did you print your movies posters on? Paper sticker? regular paper, photo paper? Thank you!

    • icruise permalink*
      March 12, 2013 10:12 pm

      I printed on photo paper. At first I thought of doing stickers, but it seemed that it would be better if I could change the posters later on if I wanted to. So I just cut them out at a size that makes them stay there without the need for any adhesive. I might add a glue dot later on to prevent them from falling off.

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