Designing a Death Star Theater
Three separate rooms, one starfield, and a life-sized Han Solo are just a few of the things that help two super "Star Wars" fans get their geek on in this theater.
This Grand Imperial theater features three seating levels, a stage screen, and a fiber-optic starfield.
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September 18, 2007 by Rachel Cericola

The main space in the theater is approximately 22 feet from the back wall to the screen. Features inside include three levels of seats, a stage for the screen, and Wertz’s favorite feature, a fiber-optic starfield. (“It’s kind of calming,” he says.) However, for most spectators, that might pale in comparison to the room’s special effects, which includes the Han Solo, a life-size C-3PO and Boba Fett.

Even though the project was completed years ago, Wertz and Stevens are still very in touch with their inner-geek as owners of Paizo Publishing LLC, which publishes and sells over 20,000 game products.

Their interest doesn’t end with their day jobs, or even what’s in their home theater. The couple also has a museum in the house that’s two stories high and about 3,000 square feet of all “Star Wars” memorabilia. “The most recognizable items would be a Millennium Falcon model used in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and a lightsaber used by Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in ‘Episode I’,” Wertz says.

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However, the theater is the real showpiece. “That room looks really cool, but what’s amazing about it is that it sounds really good,” Ward says. “A lot of these concept rooms… they just don’t sound very good.”

Wertz and Stevens don’t have to worry about the quality. And they should know, since they use this theater every day. It’s a good thing too; we wouldn’t want to have to destroy another Death Star. 

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