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‘End of the World’ Theatre in Egypt’s Desert Destroyed

‘End of the World’ Theatre in Egypt’s Desert Destroyed

The 'mysterious ghost cinema' has been destroyed.
The ‘mysterious ghost cinema’ has been destroyed (via Noha Zayed).

Last month, photographs taken of an abandoned outdoor cinema in the middle of Egypt’s Sinai desert by an Estonian photographer, Kaupo Kikkas, went viral. Today, this cinema, which had attracted great attention for its mysterious location, was destroyed.

According to the photographer, the cinema had been built ‘at the start of the millennium’ by a French man who felt it would be a great idea. While no film was ever shown there, the empty seats in the middle of the cinema remained standing – and can even be seen on Google Maps.

 

Nothing remains but bits and pieces
Nothing remains but bits and pieces. Credit: Noha Zayed
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Credit: Noha Zayed

Today, however, it has been revealed that the cinema has been trashed and destroyed. As you’ll see in this collection of photographs above, the seats have been forcibly removed and ripped apart. Nothing remains.

It is not clear who was responsible for this act and there has been no comment from any official. According to Noha Zayed, who took and shared the photographs on Facebook and Instagram, “We decided to find and visit ‘The cinema at the end of the world.’  Upon arriving at the site we thought we got our coordinates wrong. The chairs were all knocked down as if on purpose. Nothing interesting to be seen here; the site disintegrated. It was quite a disappointment.”

Below are a collection of photographs by Kaupo Kikkas, taken before the destruction.

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Before the destruction of the cinema

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Google Maps shows the cinema. Click here for coordinates

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  • Great place for outdoor cinema and classic movies during the summer.. Cheers from Ireland, Swav @ byswav.com

  • Blaise Pascal

    If only the Pharaohs were still around !

  • Aksel
  • Aksel

    Watch this rare VIDEO shoot at The Cinema At The End Of The World..
    In Sinai Desert Egypt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poQ5Q1c5UVE&noredirect=1

  • Llewellyn

    THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ISH GOES VIRAL! I GUESS KAUPO KIKKAS DOESN’T CARE THOUGH. WEB TRAFFIC! HUZZAH!

  • Movie

    So sad this place has to be live not abandoned 🙁

  • who done so?

  • Can you imagine of how much effort, time, money and people was needed to biuld it ?:) it could be a great classic outdoor cinema attraction over the weekends 🙂

    • Betty

      instead of getting there by car… you better get your camel ready :)))

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  • The thieves stole the steel under the chairs. They didn’t care for the wood. Look at the photos of the destruction, only wood is left.

  • Fady

    They want the metal ,thats why thieves destroyed it

  • ahmed farouk

    i think it may was a strong wind which destroyed the seats

    • A strong wind?

      A selective one too I suppose, where initial gusts manage to separate wood from metal, whilst a following sirocco blows away all traces of steel to a magical place far far away, where skilled alchemists transform it following an exchange of coin and children look on in wonder and disbelief…

      Adults of course, lost that sense of wonder once grown up and now just look on in disbelief.

  • mahmoud

    I think the thieves stole the steel in the back of the chairs to sell it as a scrabe iron.

  • Christin

    From the photographs, it looks like the seats were taken apart to scavenge the metal supports. The wooden seats and backs are still there, but most of the metal appears to be gone.

  • Well it certainly isn’t destroyd for love of the desert, and because it didn’t fit. Because then they woulf have removed the destroyd parts. This must have been done by somebody who hate culture. It doesn’t look good now, just sad.

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