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SmalltownUSA Pit and Balcony Theater

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Pit and Balcony Theater, part of the Smalltown, USA Series by JBSimio

The Pit & Balcony Theater has been sitting forgotten in my folder for quite some time and is now released at the request of several fans of this series.  Since this is a somewhat unplanned release, I really don’t have a cute story to go with it.  Instead, I will just mention how this BAT came about.  The model is loosely based on a real theater in Saginaw, MI named “The Court Theater” located on Court Street several blocks from where I grew up.  In my lifetime, it has always been a second run movie theater.  My earliest memory is of seeing E.T. there and thinking that someday I would like to have Drew Barrymore as a girlfriend… who am I kidding?  That would still be nice!  The Court has closed and reopened several times under different owners.  Recently, I understand that the interior has been renovated, although the exterior still carries the somewhat shabby look that I used in this model.

 

The name “Pit & Balcony” comes from another real theater in Saginaw.  I chose it mostly because Court wouldn’t fit on the marquee and I thought it would be funny if the sign just read “PIT.”  The real Pit & Balcony is primarily a live stage theater with local productions of plays, musicals, and ballets.  As far as I know, it still operates this way, though I haven’t been inside either theater since moving away from



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Great Job on this I've been by the Pit and Balcony and the Court theatres I think I did lighting once at the Pit when I used to do Theatrical Lighting.Ilove this series and this is a great addition to it

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I like it, but I think the marquee could do with some touch up. I think the white background is too bright in the day and triangle comes out on too much of an angle. I would have gone with 25 or 30 instead of what from I can see is a 45. Minor suggestions. It's still a nice BAT.

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A movie poster with Drew Barrymore would've been nice, but I'll give ya a 10/10 anyway : ) Great stuff, JB, as they always are. Thanx!

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The entire series has been a great addition. This one is no exception. We still have a few theatres around here that look similar. The a/c units on top are a nice touch.

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The entire series adds a whole new dimension and gameplay... a majestic recreation of small town America from yester-year!!! Thanks! 10+

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these lots are amazing and just the thing for a small rural commercial center. I got em all, so keep em comming!

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Small Town is sweet.Looking foward to more Small Town Lots.

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Thanks everyone! @Doxx - There are posters in there, but they're pictures of my dad and sister-in-law! :)

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awesome dude, i love this series reminds me of "the Bing" an old theatre that the historical society of springfield was trying to raise money for i donated but not enough i gotta find out what happened with that, anyway Gr8 job

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