An abandoned outdoor movie theater in Desert of Sinai, Egypt

Posted by 51114u9 on 14 March 2014 in English (English)

bing_map Photo by Bing Maps and OSM data

I heard about this place for an article and reading the blog of photographer Kaupo Kikkas, he details some peculiarities:

... How come that 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 old seats and projection equipment from an old cinema theatre. Then came back to Sinai, arranged generator for electricity a monsterous tractor to pull up the screen that was like a gigantic sail. And now everything was more or less ready for the premier.

Only detail he forgot was that this nice desert happens to be in Egypt. Country where local authorities are not too happy about such enthusiasm and spirit, specially if it comes from a crazy frenchmen…

At the premier evening everything went "accidentally" wrong, their electricity generator was sabotaged and no movies were ever screened at the End of the World Cinema. ...

cinema Photo by Kaupo Kikkas

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Is located on the outskirts (northwest) of city "Sharm el-Sheikh" on South Sinai Governorate, Egypt.

I used tags: amenity=cinema + tourism=atraction + abandoned=yes + start_date=~2000

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Comment from Andy Allan on 16 March 2014 at 19:36

Please don't use "abandoned=yes" (or disused=yes etc). This is a bad tagging practice.

It's not a cinema, so you should not use amenity=cinema either.

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Comment from escada on 17 March 2014 at 13:17

I would use disused:amenity=cinema. This makes it clear that the cinema part is disused, not the tourist attraction

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Comment from Linhares on 17 March 2014 at 14:18

This is a nice found! But I have to agree with the others. Is not a cinema anymore :-(

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