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March 15, 2014

This past week my friend Norman sent me a curious article.

Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas chanced upon an abandoned outdoor cinema sitting in the Sinai Peninsula near the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

A decade ago, a French industrialist, fancied building an outdoor movie palace in the middle of the Egyptian desert. Kikkas relates this on his blog. The industrialist bought all the furnishings he needed from a defunct theatre in Cairo.

Local authorities, it seemed, weren’t pleased with the Frenchman’s folly. They never allowed him to open his cinema. The harsh environment quickly claimed the screen.

But there, sitting in the desert to this day like a memory mirage, is the projection booth looking out over row upon row of abandoned and weathered wooden seats, 150 in number.

The place is now referred to as the End of the World Cinema.

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2 Comments
  1. Paul permalink

    Gee, that’s funny. I thought this was set up for the spectators in the shooting of Laurence of Arabia. I wonder if anyone has thought of putting in a snowmobile drive-in theater in Alaska.
    Paul

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