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  • Introducing…the Personal Theater!

    2010 - 02.08

    Here’s a fun project I made out of a shoe box. Put your iphone or media player inside, and you’ll find yourself transported to the back of an old theater while you enjoy your movie.
    You will be able to purchase do-it-yourself kits soon. If you’d like to know when they are available, please leave a message in the comments!

    This video shows a little more detail in how the theater was put together. All you need is a shoe box, a laser printer, a sharp knife and rubber cement. A snowy weekend can also help.

    25 Responses to “Introducing…the Personal Theater!”

    1. Anthony Colletti says:

      Where did you download the template s from that you printed ?

    2. David_M says:

      This is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I mean, really creative and really fun and pretty darn amazing. Kudos!

      Would you be so kind as to share the graphic images for this project? Or URLs to same?

    3. Steve K says:

      What fun! I’m sharpening my Exacto knife right now and wondering where I might find the graphics you used. Just like the two people who got here before me. You have whetted our appetites, PLEASE don’t leave us hanging! And thanks for the delicious creative outpouring!!

    4. Brilliant! Love the imagination here. I covered this at iPhoneSavior.com

      I would love to get some great stills to post.

    5. Gary Katz says:

      The images I used were found mostly through Google or Bing searches of royalty-free images, or taken myself with a digital camera. As far as a template goes…it really depends on the shoebox you are using, so you’ll have to break out a ruler and get your dimensions. My next project is going to be a drive-in theater, remember those?

    6. John says:

      You should make a kit. People would buy these. It was just so well done, I really can see myself sitting there with this on my lap. Better yet, get busy and build one for the iPad. This is just cute/clever enough to catch on.

    7. Mac Hoe says:

      Great work Gary!

      This would be nice on a bigger iPad screen

    8. Microbd says:

      Bravo, superbe, il ne reste plus qu’à mettre des petits personnages.

    9. AwesomeGuy12 says:

      You should really do a keynote presentation shoebox. The iPhone could be the giant theater, then you could have a little guy in a black turtleneck and jeans, and then, put like 20 people in the chairs in the audience with little cardboard laptops, and then put like a little dab of glow-in-the-dark paint on each little laptop to make it a Mac. Then, if you really wanted to go all out, make a room right by that with little cardboard laptops on stands, like that hands-on rooms that they have at the presentations! I loved the personal theater, and can’t wait to see what’s next! 

    10. Gilberto says:

      BRAVO! BRAVO! What a great project. Put me on the list of people that would love to get the DIY kit.

    11. […] need is a shoe box, a laser printer, a sharp knife and rubber cement,” Gary Katz wrote on his blog. “A snowy weekend can also […]

    12. jamie bishop says:

      love it, just seen on TUAW that you may be linking to a kit, guess a pdf of the graphics would do. Nice one!

    13. Kathy DB says:

      I want a kit when ready! You are too clever!

    14. Jay says:

      That’s awesome! I’d be interested in a kit as well!!

    15. sinbad says:

      Great stuff! Let me know when you have a kit please.

    16. Marcos says:

      I love the idea.
      I search but didn’t found the images you used. Could you send me or write the exactly names of the images?
      Thank you. I loved the idea. But I will make a little different. Instead use the earphones, use some soundbox. Just that.

      My e-mail: marcosgranger@hotmail.com


    17. georgios says:

      love it, i would like to make this for my 3 years old son.
      please sent me the kit if you want.
      thank you

    18. Pepper 66 says:

      Realy nice. I’ld like to build one with my daughters, I’m very interested in the pictures. Greetings from the Netherlands.

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    21. Allan Extine says:

      With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. 🙂

    22. damn that’s beautifull!

    23. foundations says:

      this is a great find. thanks for posting.

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