Going to the cinema for the first time is a captivating experience for a lot of children. The memory of our first trip to the cinema is something that usually stays with us for a long time and often we don’t grow out of that desire to go and sit in a dark movie theatre and watch films come to life before our eyes.
For one OAP Cyril Barbier, from Sutton Coldfield, UK, that visit meant more than most. He was so enthralled by the Odeon Cinema, in New Street, Birmingham after his first visit that he spent 28 years building a working scale model of the place.
Barbier’s 8ft by 4ft model is incredibly detailed, has working lights and can show films on its 15 –inch screen via the means of a hidden DVD player.
It has 2,600 seats, a foyer, a restaurant, a box office, toilets with handcrafted washbasins, a heating and cooling system, a spiral metal staircase, a proscenium arch cove and a rising organ. Wow, it sounds better than some of the actual cinemas that I have visited!!
Barbier, 81, cut more than 90,000 bricks out of cardboard and painstaking glued them all together to form the exterior of the model, which is uncannily similar to the 1930s Odeon that it is based on!
He said: “I look at it sometimes and think: however did I manage to work it all out? It’s been part of my life for so long now.”
Although Barbier has spent nearly 28 years working on his scale model movie theatre, he thinks that the time may have come to sell it. He said he built in the hope that it would one day end up in a museum and I think it is fair to say that a work of art like this probably does belong in one!
Either that or on the island of Lilliput where I reckon it would be just the right size for all the little people!
Read more: Man Selling Scale Model of Odeon Cinema After 28 Years of Work (Via Metro)