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End of the World Cinema

Kaupo Kikkas captures images of a Frenchman’s small cinema in the Sinai desert of Egypt

Mar 09, 2014 | By Staff Writer

“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?” –Kaupo Kikkas

The end of the world cinema sits on a plain in the deserts of Sinai. A Frenchman at the beginning of this millennium purchased old theatre seats, a generator and a projection screen as big as a ship’s sail for the little cinema in the middle of nowhere. While everything was set up for the first premiere at the cinema, things began to go wrong. The generator would not work and no movies were ever screened at the cinema due to the less than enthusiastic response from locals. Still, the incongruous little cinema sits as a haunting representation of a different time as captured in this series of images by photographer Kaupo Kikkas. Interestingly enough, it is also viewable from Google maps, a small spot in the vast desert. 

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All photo credits to Kaupo Kikkas 

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