Amazons Entertainment Center in Orlando is a huge movie theater, with seats that go from 12 inches to 16 inches high and a grandstand that seats 30,000 people.
The center’s owner, The Walt Disney Co., made it into the Disney movie theater hall of fame.
But when it came time to decorate the space, the moviegoers decided that the space was too large.
Amazos owner had a different idea.
He wanted to turn the movie theater into a party hall.
So he started looking for a design company that could create a large space for his theater.
“We wanted to make it a very big space and a big party hall,” he said.
“This was a very important decision because we had the capacity of 20,000 to 30,00 people.”
The design firm that created the space took a new approach.
It used digital imaging technology to create a high-resolution mock-up of the interior, with the idea that the movie fans could watch movies from their seats in the auditorium.
The mock-ups, which are still on display at the theater, were the only way to tell the difference between the real movie theater and a fake.
But the movie-goers weren’t happy with the results.
“They were very upset, they didn’t like it at all,” he recalled.
“The whole time we were working with them, we kept telling them, you know, this is the way to do it.
You know, the best way to make a movie is with real people, real actors, real sound, and you don’t have to change much.
But it didn’t work out.
We had to change it.”
After many revisions, the final product ended up looking much like the real theater, but with different seating arrangements.
It also featured a large movie screen with projection screens and a theater-style bar, but the seats were not large enough to fit all the moviegoers.
“It was really a disappointment, really,” he told ABC News.
“When I saw that I had to get rid of it.”
But he wasn’t done.
“I really had to go back to the drawing board,” he admitted.
So why did he do it? “
And I ended up just having to give it up.”
So why did he do it?
He says it’s a story of perseverance.
“What happened is, the person who was the one who was in charge of it, who had the vision and the vision was me, and I realized I had really to start doing something,” he explained.
“So I had a little bit of a vision, but I also knew that I needed to get out there and do something with it.”
He was able to get the space renovated in time for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
“But you know what?
I was able, I think, to do what I needed,” he added.
“Because it was a great project for me.
I was happy and I felt a lot of pride and I feel like I did something that I felt good about and I could put on some great movies for my friends and I was just really happy.”
The next step for The Walt.
Disney was thrilled with the final result.
The company has been in the entertainment business for over 60 years and he said it’s only the second time that he’s seen such a large, ambitious project come to fruition.
“That’s a great feeling,” he marveled.
“Even if you’re not a fan of it you’re happy for that.
It’s not only a project, it’s something very special.”