My Lego City

Palace Cinema

It all started when KC went to the Lego store with his cousin. I get a phone call from him asking me if I wanted an old-fashioned movie theater set. I think the final selling point was that you got to build a limousine as well.

Lego Palace Cinema

The Palace Cinema is part of the Creator line for older builders (16+), and I was amazed by the detail it included. (Unfortunately, it seems to be going out of production, since Amazon prices are now fetching a premium over the original $150 price. That happens, though — the earliest buildings in this line go for over a thousand dollars.) All these buildings are three stories, designed in such a way that you can lift the stories off easily and connect the actual buildings together in whatever order you want. And they come with a set of people.

Lego Palace Cinema minifigures

In this set, it’s the limo driver, the “child star” arriving for the movie premiere, the theater staffer, a photographer, and two guests. Only I thought it wasn’t fair for only one person to have to do all the work, so I got pieces to make another staffer, this one with long hair. (I have a bad habit of wanting more people to visit my neighborhood.)

Lego Palace Cinema workers

The first floor of the cinema is the lobby, with ticket windows and candy counter.

Lego Palace Cinema ticket window

While the star pulls up, the guests go inside.

Lego Palace Cinema limoLego Palace Cinema front door

The second floor has the movie screen and auditorium. Watching the movie are Clark Kent (he came with Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Super Heroes Unite) and Lois Lane.

Lego Palace Cinema auditoriumLego Palace Cinema movie screen

Parisian Restaurant

Next, I needed a place for my people to go eat dinner before the movie (and it was my birthday). So I got the Parisian Restaurant (described at the Lego website).

Lego Parisian Restaurant

It comes with two guests (and a ring, since they’re having a fancy dinner for a proposal, apparently), a waiter, a chef, and an artist to live above the restaurant. I couldn’t help adding an extra figure to mine — the Connoisseur is the official name, but given the mustache, the beret, the bread, and the French bulldog, I had to have him outside the French restaurant. The chef has been nice enough to give the dog a bone!

Parisian Restaurant first floor

Around back, the alley has a dumpster (with rat!) and place for the artist to park her scooter.

Parisian Restaurant back alley

There’s a detailed kitchen (with stove, dish cabinet, sink, and range), dining room, and wine cabinet.

Parisian Restaurant kitchenParisian Restaurant dining roomParisian Restaurant wine cabinet

No one’s inside, though, because it’s a nice day, and they’re eating outside. This includes the chefs, taking a break after dinner service, while the waiter comes up the stairs. I added the Pastry Chef to the set because again, more people are needed to do the work! She’s about to cut her strawberry pie.

Parisian Restaurant porch

Here’s the entire back of the building.

Parisian Restaurant back view

The second floor is an apartment with a little balcony.

Parisian Restaurant apartment

One end has a swivel chair in front of the fireplace; the other has a small kitchen, breakfast nook, and a Murphy bed that swings down from the wall!

Parisian Restaurant apartment chair

Parisian Restaurant apartment

The top floor is the artist’s studio with lots of windows for light.

Parisian Restaurant artist studio

Coming Soon

The Detective’s Office (which has a story about cookie smuggling), the Pet Shop (which I found a great deal on!), and Assembly Square (three buildings that include “a bakery, florist’s shop, café, music store, photo studio, dental office, apartment, and a dance studio”). The last current building I’m looking for is the Brick Bank — apparently, it’s next to a laundromat for when the thieves want to launder the money!