IMAX at Home
If you happen to have $3 million just lying around you can install a home theater system, IMAX style. 🙂 The 3D theater company will install one of its screens, along with the projectors, seats, and lighting all in the comfort of your very own house. Actually, most houses won’t even fit the installation. IMAX needs a room that’s a minimum of 21 feet wide, and 20 feet deep, plus 10 feet of additional space for the projection. That’s roughly a 600 square feet room, except it also has to be 12 feet high, lol.
Once it’s installed you can watch Hollywood blockbusters the day they hit theaters. You just have to pay $500 per movie. 🙂 You can also watch sports, play video games and stream concerts on the large, crystal-clear projection screen and custom sound system.
Speaking of movies. IGN has put together a comprehensive list of upcoming Marvel and DC movies for the next 6 years. 🙂 The “UNTITLED MARVEL FILM” in May 2018 is confirmed to be Avengers, Infinity War Part 1. And Part 2 will come out in May of 2019 as the other untitled marvel film in the list. These 2 movies will be based on The Infinity Gauntlet comic book series. 😀
Investing in Fictional Characters
Collecting Marvel and DC memorabilia can be quite lucrative. A mint copy of the first Captain America issue has a CGC certified value of $350K. The first issue of Action Comics which features Superman sold for $3.2 million on eBay earlier this year. 😯 Another way to invest in superheroes is to buy companies that own those characters. Personally I have shares of Cineplex, Disney, Time Warner, and Fox. Cineplex owns movie theatres. Disney owns Marvel. Time Warner owns DC Comics and Warner Bros. And Fox owns the movie rights to the X-Men and Spider-Man franchise.
I really like what Marvel and DC are doing with their television series. You can watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC every Tuesday, which ties into the Marvel movie universe. You can also watch The Flash, and Arrow (both DC characters) every week on the WB television network. They even do crossovers so sometimes characters from one series would show up in the other, which is really neat. If someone was only a fan of one show it might get them interested to check out the other. More fans equal more profit.
I am currently heavily invested in these companies because I think over the next 5 to 10 years there will be a ton of multimedia content (film, tv, comics) and I don’t want to miss out on the financial success of this growing industry. 🙂
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Nice timing on this post. After picking up some additional shares of Disney recently, I am looking at other areas I can expand my investments to. The area of memorabilia collecting was never on my radar until I read your blog post. Thanks for the tip 😉
I’ve been wanting to just buy a copy of a comic book and see if it appreciates in value over 10 or 20 years. With the prevalence of the internet and easy access to knowledge in today’s world I’m sure many others are thinking about building up a collection as well which will dilute the future value of each issue lol.
Jeez. Although I guess 12 feet high isn’t so ridiculous when you figure you’re paying $3 million for the equipment. Ooh, and some other words for your list — taxi, bar, mom
I if I had a personal IMAX theater I would open it up to the public and charge people to come see movies. If I charge $5 per person I can make back my $3 million investment in about 30 years. Hmm, it’s still not worth it lol.
I have a rec room that fit the specification, but I’m not sure about the $3 mil for reno… Haha. I think building a IMAX at home is totally missing the point. The point is going to a movie with your lover, your friends, your family. It’s the experience of going, not the experience of watching. Like, I take my nieces and nephews out for their first movie theater, ever. They thought it was the coolest thing, they get popcorn, sour worm, starburst candies, hug glass of coke, have them all wired up. Movies like batman, Spider-Man, avartar invited all these die hard fans, and they are pretty cool to be around.
I agree. It’s more about the experience shared with friends and family than seeing a movie on a big screen. Besides, if people wanted to have a home theatre system they can set up a pretty decent one for a fraction of the cost of an IMAX installation.
Sorry… Gonna go Geek Girl for a second…. EEEEE!!! THE INFINITY GAUNTLET!! I am SOOO excited! 😀 😀
I’m reading through the comic book series right now. 🙂 All 6 issues can be picked up on either comixology or Marvel’s site for about $10-$12, for any other visitors who might be interested. The art is really good and holds up today, even though it came out 23 years ago. I think it’s one of Marvel’s best series. *spoiler ahead* Half the world’s people die in the story 😕 Very dark, but interesting.
Disney stock is def on my radar in the future. I would love a theater room at some point as I always upgrade my TV every couple years and do the tv shuffle with the rest of the tvs in the house and then my parents get my eldest tv. Right now they got my old 60 toshiba projection tv, lol what a dinosaur!
That’s a great way to reuse and save money as well as the environment. I’m using a 32″ lcd right now as my main tv. My apartment is pretty small so it does the job, but eventually I’ll probably switch to a larger one 🙂
I wonder how many installations Imax have done to date 🙂 Majority of us will have to just pay a ticket to experience the Imax.
Too bad, I didn’t add Disney when you first mention your stock addition to your list. I recently bought Disney in my RRSP account. Big fan of Disney.
Last I heard they’ve only constructed 1 in-home theatre so far in California but 3 more have been commissioned in different parts of the world and will start installing soon. Yes Disney is a great company. I think it will hit $100/share some day. 🙂
$3 million!? If they gave me 20% of the margin on this product I’d be probably be able to retire… If I wasn’t as frugal as I am, I’d probably have built a home cinema in my own home just to play video games.
Then I can come visit you and we can play split screen like old school 🙂
Consider it done! 🙂
Nice tie in with your current investments in Cineplex, Disney, Time Warner, etc. As prices for these go down (albeit years from now), the direct affect to your investments should grow accordingly. Meanwhile, it’s nice to get a small glimpse into how the 1-percenters live. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this article, it allowed me to dream for at least a few seconds. 🙂 AFFJ
If the stock market was to close for the next 10 years I would not have any problems owning those companies, especially Disney. 🙂 I aim to become a 1 percenter too some day, but once I reach that goal I will probably still live and enjoy my current lifestyle for the most part because people are creatures of habit lol.