I Noticed This Strange Place On Google Maps. When I Zoomed In… Well, Nothing Could Prepare Me

Sinai Desert Cinema

In the Egyptian desert, in the Sinnai Peninsula, there is an arrangement of wooden seats known as the End of the World Cinema. The arrangement of seats in an isolated area gives and apocalyptic look, a lot like a cinema used by some ancient mysterious civilization.

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This cinema is not as ancient as it looks and was built about a decade ago. The cinema consists of 150 worn-out seats, broken screen foundations and a ruined building which housed the projector and generator. The project was the idea of a Frenchman who bought the cinema parts from a theater in Cairo.

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An Estonian photographer by the name of Kaupo Kikkas, recently took photographs of the astonishing site and described it in the following words:

“On a sunny day at the very beginning of this millennium, a crazy Frenchman found himself in the desert of Sinai. After some puffs of a magic smoke he wondered – how come there are no cinemas in the middle of the desert? He flew back to Paris and arranged some money. After that he went to Cairo to buy original seats and projection equipment from an old cinema theater. Then came back to Sinai, arranged a generator for electricity, and a monstrous tractor to pull up the screen that was like a gigantic sail. And now more or less everything was ready for the premier.”

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Local authorities were not pleased by the opening of a cinema in the middle of their land, without their permission. An ‘accident’ at the premiere caused the electric generator to be destroyed and no movie was ever screened at the cinema. The cinema will remain abandoned even in the future, since it is forbidden to go into the desert in Sinai without taking a tour or organized trip. The cinema is not on the route of any of the toThe Mours and the nearest one passes the cinema from two miles away.

Due to confusion between the government, the Frenchman and the Bedouins, none of the locals ever talk about the cinema either. With so many restrictions on a seemingly innocent project, it looks almost impossible that this cinema will ever meet an audience or the screening that it was built for.


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  1. Maybe the Frenchman was ilinformed? He obviously thought it was a great idea! Google Map Photos show the place. No need for racial discrimination ect, it’s a mistake caused by government intervention.

  2. I guess white people are entitled to everything…(thinks to self) “muuhahaha! this should start the argument about race you eventually bump into in the comment section”.

  3. Only here for the comments, Steve said stupid Frenchman lol why can’t you spoiled rude idiots compliment the man all his money time and I’m sure sweat and blood wasted but all you care about is trying to make someone look bad, perhaps it is your garden that needs to be shat In… You ungrateful trash

  4. Stupid Frenchman, it’s not even remotely artistic, it’s an eyesore that any fool with more money than brain cells could make, no wonder the locals were pissed off…. Would you like to see this pile of old junk in your nearest ” wilderness”?
    What idiot funded it? Perhaps I’ll take a dump in his garden and put a flag in it in the name of art!

  5. It’s stunts like these that will make archeologists of the future think that the middle of a desert was once a thriving town with ist own cinema! Ha ha

  6. This is the cinema of life . Since we are all actors in time. If u want to see the meaning of life just have a seat and eventually it will hit u

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  8. Haha, that is amazing! It looks so apocalyptic, like people would go there to watch people fight to the death during the End Times. Or something like that. Maybe my imagination is getting a little bit carried away! Great find.

  9. Life itself is a movie that “someone”left us for heresy, this man just visualize what he was looking and reproduce a message to the main director, Yes We see …he just left his gratitude there ….all my admiration…