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This is from the 967 Kit.  I was trying to pick up the Art Deco feel but still tie in the Miller Sign colors.

Still have to add 'Starring Bogart and Bacall' to the Marquee and "feature" posters on the front. Thinking about adding 3 or 5 mm LEDs which will protrude down from the overhang - not unlike what Scale Rail has in one of his videos.



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Iron Horse, it was about 3 yrs ago when I worked on mine so not sure I am remembering all the details, but I believe the building front either had slots for the edges of the sign or I had to cut slots in using a dremel.  The sign itself bends easily enough.  I did cut a piece of foamcore board in a half-oval to fit behind the sign and attached to the building front.  Don't have any pictures at hand to show but I'll see if I can grab some later.

I should look at the instructions, but as I recall, when you cut off the molded marquee that then leaves space for Miller sign once you cement the top and bottoms to the front section. (I used a razor saw) I have not glued my sign in place. There is enough tension (or spring) to hold it in place. But you could use a goop glue or painters tape at the inside corners. I tear stuff apart too frequently, so try to avoid more permanent fixes.

BTW - my photo shows a white frame around the ticket taker - it is solid black - must be a flash reflection.

I bought this theater kit last Spring but have not yet built it nor bought the Miller Engineering marquis. Which size marquis did you folks use, large or small?

I also plan to add the vertical portion of the marquis (I.e. theater name). Size advice about that is also welcome.


Miller engineering has a combo deal for the TWO signs, a vertical sign, and the horizontal sign and marquis. I belive you need the lage one.

Questions for John H:

1. Did you use the LARGE version of the marquis on your theater as prrhorseshoecurve suggests?

B. I recognize led strips added to the top backside, and underside of your marquis... What product is that (and brightness) and where did you buy it?

III. Are the circuit boards that we see in your photos controlling the building lights? Do they do anything else... what? What are they (ex. Arduino) and what did you use to program them (ex. Arduino, Python)?

As others have said, your theater looks great! Thanks in advance for telling us more and helping us to better understand what you are building.

287FBDA4-59C3-4775-ACA9-76F3DFC90C307F03730A-F47C-49F3-95C6-748192E84132Some answers to the questions:

The sign kit is #1181. The under side light strip is the standard 60 leds/ meter warm white @ 12vdc, from ebay. The one behind the sign is from a 240 leds/meter warm white @12vdc with a 1K ohm resistor to reduce the brightness, from Alibaba. The lower circuit board is a DC to DC buck convertor reducing the 12vdc input to 4.5vdc to replace the battery pack that comes with the sign. The upper board controls the sign.

Sorry I didn't answer sooner, as I had to make a trip to Rochester for a furnace motor and replace the bad one.

On the layout pictures.


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Thanks John. I appreciate the response/answers, and the work you put into the theater. It really came out great from what you've shown in the photos.

FWIW, my wife lived in Fairport, NY for quite a while (suburb of Rochester NY) and we have friends there. Nice area. But I made her a Michigander (or maybe a Michigoose) when we married. We live in Rochester MI. Ironic eh?

Anyway, thanks to all for sharing pictures and information about your wonderful theater creations. They are all inspirational!

Thanks. The theater name and movie title were printed on transparencies, as suggested by Miller Engineering. The small black letter signs are decals and the coloured vintage movie posters are printed on paper. I lightly sanded the back of the printed paper posters to thin the paper and give it some transparency. (Could have sanded more.) Then white glue. This idea came from coachjoe, who in turn credited Jim Pollicastro.


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