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This artist's home theater and movie museum will freak you out

Show Us Yours: Artist Paul Snyder's home houses not only his movie theater, but also a museum filled with homemade statues of famous Hollywood characters you have to see to believe.

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Paul Snyder is an artist living in Oklahoma City, where his home is not only his art studio and gallery, but includes a home theater and movie museum.

You can see Paul's art here and visit his studio and museum, by appointment only. To see Paul's amazing theater and even more incredible collection of homemade, life-sized characters from Hollywood movies, read on.

This is one of CNET's Show Us Yours showcases -- see more here

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The theater is 12 by 25 feet (3.7 by 7.6 meters) and features a 132-inch diagonal screen that Snyder made himself. He also designed and installed the medallions, antique gold silk panels and hand-painted the Night Sky ceiling mural.

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There are 18 total seats, with stadium platforms for optimal viewing.

"Our home was custom built with the theater in the plans," Snyder says, "so it has solid wood doors and every wall is insulated to keep the sound in the space."

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Snyder is a fan of Johnny Depp. 

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A few years back he was a finalist in Otaku House's Cosplay Idol Contest. He did a killer Willy Wonka.

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He also does a mean Jack Sparrow.

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Ornate details and a crimson waterfall curtain above the screen "create a more opulent proscenium."

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A column with sconce.

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He purchased a 12-inch LED moon with remote control to add the final touch to the night sky ceiling mural.

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The surround sound is powered by a simple THX-Certified AV receiver. The video is projected onto the screen by an Optoma HD Short-Throw Projector.

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The Onkyo center-channel speaker.

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The balcony area.

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Movie treats.

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He's got a little "cafe" attached to the theater.

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This is the museum section.

"I have been married for 23 years and I have the coolest wife on the planet!" Paul says. "She loves the crazy spaces and art I create and we both enjoy giving tours to friends and neighbors as it is constantly evolving."

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Snyder made many, but not all, the statues in the museum.

Each figure takes between a few days to a few weeks to create, he says, depending on the complexity of what the individual statue requires. 

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Snyder has created around 100 statues in the past four years. He made about 30 prior that in his previous home, but that home and those statues were destroyed in a tornado in 2013. 

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The rooms have several figures in them.

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He had a stand-in mannequin for this exhibit. 

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He recently completed the exhibit. He purchased all the costumes in the museum from the Prop Store in London and Los Angeles.

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Along with paintings, statues and recording music, Snyder also does independent film work, creating everything from props, set decorating, storyboards and composing music, as well as stop-motion animating and producing.

He produced a film with Robert Redford that was screened at The Sundance film festival in 2014.

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Another one of Snyder's acrylic paintings. As you might gather, he's a hyper-realist.

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This is a Morgan Freeman statue he did in 3D.

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What Dreams May Come-era Robin Williams. We miss him.

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His Iron Man "Wall of Armor."

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What would a movie museum be without Star Wars figures?

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And Guardians of the Galaxy.

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All these guys are friends.

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Jolie and Hanks. Forrest doesn't look that ready to run.

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This is the haunted mansion room with some works in progress.

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Snyder's Harrison Ford looks a little like Warren Beatty.

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Statues of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

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The Rock, headless now, but not forever.

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Ace Ventura and Rocky, two guys you don't often see together. Could make a good buddy film.

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Meet the presidents.

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Forrest and Harry Potter, among others.

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Bill Murray in Ghostbusters, thoroughly slimed.

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A close up of Guardians' Gamora.

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Joe Dirt and Prince Akeem from Coming to America.

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The Crow.

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Sir Ian McKellen.

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We'll end with Mr. Spock. You can check out more of Paul's work here.

And you can tour more of CNET's Show Us Yours showcases here. We've got plenty to choose from. And, as always, we encourage you to submit your own photos of your home theater or wild tech setup here.

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