Originally Posted by greighn
Awesome theater! I love the recessed poster displays and the doors of Durin. How did you do the black light effect on the doors?
I'm also a big LOTR fan and your theater is a fitting tribute to the films.
I am also a huge LOTR fan as well, especially after reading Tolkien's three book masterpiece. It was truly amazing how Peter Jackson and company were able to take Tolkien's work and faithfully reproduce it for the big screen. I also wanted to make a fitting tribute to the LOTR films and books and to sort of immerse guests in a bit of Middle-Earth as well in our basement, so I'm glad you thought of it that way! The signed LOTR posters were always the highlight of our signed movie poster collection. When we were collecting them years ago, we always wanted to display them in a very dramatic way. After talking with our HT designer/installer, Ken Davis at 8250theaterworks, we made that a reality as the basement design was worked out and implemented.
The "Doors of Durin/Walls of Moria" idea was originally going to be on the entryway into the DVD room. We were going to paint the design on the entry doors to the DVD room with walls all the way up to the ceiling and when you crossed a specific path (activated by a motion sensor) the doors were going to open up on hydraulics and the DVD room was going to have pillars like that in the underground world of Moria which the Dwarves of Middle Earth made. Then we got the life size Darth Vader and that design element changed completely to more of a "Darth Vader on the bridge of his Star Destroyer" concept. Also, that hydraulics idea was really way too out there -- and more specifically -- not in our budget (our eyes were definitely bigger than our pocketbook when I thought of that idea).
I still wanted to have the "Walls of Moria" idea somewhere in the basement and the only place left to implement it was in the entryway into the theater. It really turned out better this way as the "Speak Friend and Enter" design is a great way to physically enter into the actual theater thus replicating the movie idea much, much better. In the movie you say "Speak Friend and Enter" to get access to the caverns of Moria, and with this design set up you "Speak Friend and Enter" into 'the cavern' of the 14'10" (W) x 31'6" (L) x 8-9' (H) dedicated theater. I hope that makes sense!
Our painters textured the walls and doors in the theater entryway (which included the bathroom door to the right) to mimic the texture and design on the vast Walls of Moria. The glow-in-the-dark paint is a basic glow-in-the-dark paint which is nicely lit up when the black lights turn on. To get the design on the wall, she traced the "Doors of Durin/Walls of Moria" arch-like design from Tolkien's novel LOTR: FOTR directly from the page in the book. I photocopied the page, and our painters used a "Tracer" device, sort of like the old overhead projectors we used in school way back when (if you're 40 years old like me and remeber that sort of thing), to place the design perfectly centered on the wall. All she did was just trace the design in the glow-in-the dark paint.
Add a motion sensor to the black lights so when you turn the corner from down the hallway into the theater entryway area, the design "magically" lights up and the effect from the movie is pretty much recreated.