If you ever happen to be wandering through the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, you may come across a surreal sight that’ll leave you scratching your head. It might even make you question your sanity. Or theirs.
Allegedly, a man from France decided to construct the tiny blip you see here in the desert.
He bought theater seats and a projector from an old cinema in Cairo. He flew them to Sinai. Then, he arranged generator and a tractor to pull up the screen that was like a gigantic sail. He wanted to create an outdoor cinema.
Hundreds of movie theater seats sit at the bottom of a random mountain range, as if they were dropped in the middle of the Egyptian desert. They aren’t a mirage or art installation, and Estonian photographer, Kaupo Kikkas, has proof. It’s simply one of the most random outdoor theaters in existence: The End of the World Cinema. The mundane nature of the theater juxtaposed with the miles of nothingness that stretch out around it makes my skin crawl.
On the night of the premier, everything went wrong and the generator was sabotaged. No movies were ever screened here.
The local authorities weren’t too happy about the theater, a fact that may or may not be related to the premiere’s incidents.
And it still stands to this day, as strange as it is.
Don’t think this surreal theater is really standing? Check out Google Maps and see it for yourself. There’s more information on the strange setup on Kaupo Kikkas’s blog. The world can be so strange. Share it with others.