When Orson Welles got his RKO movie deal, he wanted to adapt Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness. It was going good until the budget grew too high. Cancelled, Welles encountered Herman J Mankiewicz's screenplay, American, renamed to Citizen Kane, which became a landmark cinema film. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
American country star Charley Pride played a show at Belfast's Ritz Cinema in the 70's, breaking a touring concert ban. His song "Crystal Chandeliers" was seen as a unity song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
When Monty Python and the Holy Grail screened at the Cannes Film Festival, firefighters came in and made everyone in the cinema go outside as there was a bomb scare. As the projector stopped the audience roared with laughter, thinking it all part of this movie. trend-chaser.com/entertai…
J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit in 1969 for Β£100000 and 7.5% of the gross revenue. His estate ended up suing New Line Cinema for Β£75 million in 2008 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
While in 1930 over 65% of Americans went to the cinema weekly, since about 1964 that number has been steadily below 10%. businessinsider.com/movie…
While 1971 Kubrick classic 'A Clockwork Orange' was passed uncut for UK cinemas, the film was later withdrawn from British release in 1973 at the request of Kubrick, in response to allegations that the film was responsible for spawning a multitude of copycat violence throughout the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care β€” then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star britannica.com/biography/…
There's an industry award for film editing called an Eddie, and it has been around since 1962. It is awarded by the society of editors known as the American Cinema Editors (ACE), which has been around since 1950-51 americancinemaeditors.org…
Egyptian Arabic is the first language of 92 million Egyptians and the most widely spoken Arabic dialect. It is understood by almost all of the 300 million Arabic speakers in the world, thanks to the Egyptian cinema and media industry egyptianarabic.com/
The most expensive city for a date night (dinner for two, bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, taxi back home) is Oslo, Norway, at $159, while the cheapest is Ankara, Turkey, at $36 elitesingles.com/mag/rela…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
A young man was killed when his head became stuck underneath a cinema seat as he looked for some possessions he’d dropped bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
Teen Bill Hader got fired from his job at a cinema for spoiling the ending of "Titanic" to a group of rude sorority girls. huffpost.com/entry/bill-h…
In Japan the cinema genre "Spaghetti Western" has been changed in "Macaroni Western" because in Japan spaghetti are conceptually "thin and meager", far from the iconic stories told in the movies. rioleo.org/spaghetti-and-…
In France, there is a law that movies cannot appear on streaming services until 3 YEARS after they've been shown in cinemas france24.com/en/20181117-…
Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo is the longest non-experimental film in the world with a runtime of over 21 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amr…
Legendary film director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone, whose collaboration would make the history of cinema, were schoolmates in grade school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enn…
Toilets (toilets being flushed) almost never were seen in American cinema in the 1960s. In his "Psycho" Alfred Hitchcock masterfully used a scene of a toilet being flushed, which had an additional shocking effect on the viewers of that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
In 1982, two ex-members of the band Yes started a new band, Cinema. The actual band Yes still existed at that point, but broke up shortly afterward. Two of Yes's ex-members then joined Cinema. At that point Cinema just decided to become the band Yes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Today I learned of Phosphenes, illusory light effects seen in pitch dark due to eye pressure, electrical or magnetic stimulation. Lengthy light deprivation causes the brain to see shapes made of phosphenes, called Prisoners Cinema. Some scientists believe this was an inspiration for neolithic cave paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Kim Jong-Il was said to be a huge film fan, owning a collection of more than 20,000 video tapes and DVDs. His reported favorite movie franchises included James Bond, Friday the 13th, Rambo, Godzilla and Hong Kong action cinema en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
A group of embittered singles reserved all the odd-numbered seats at a cinema's primetime screening on Valentine's Day so that couples would be forced to sit apart theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Although being a giant box office success, movie theater business was less enthused about the movie "A Quiet Place" because the ambiance of the movie was such that any type of loud eating was shamed leading to people not buying any food. Cinemas normally earn more from food than tickets. theguardian.com/film/2018…
The movie Delgo took 9 years to make with a budget of $40M but earned under $1M despite playing at 2,160 cinemas, averaging approximately 2 viewers per screening at opening weekend. It's one of the lowest-grossing wide releases in recent history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
The LumiΓ¨re brothers, the inventors of motion picture, once said that "the cinema is an invention without any future" and gave up on the technology to go back to focusing on photography, so their involvement in the early history of film was quite brief en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
The Bee Gees were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema, but as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke. The brothers had to sing live and received such a positive response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
During the entire filming of Mary Poppins, NOBODY, not even Julie Andrews, let Dick Van Dyke know he had the β€œmost atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema.” theguardian.com/film/2017…
Wet Wet Wet lead Marty Pellow had their hit song Love is All Around removed from sales not long after going to the cinema and hearing someone say "God, not that song again!" as the Four Weddings trailer played, it was still selling 120k copies/week when it was pulled 3.5 months after release. theguardian.com/culture/2…
A group of embittered singles in Shanghai purchased all odd-numbered cinema seats forcing couples to sit apart on Valentine's Day theguardian.com/lifeandst…
A Nickelodeon was a type of early movie theater that charged 5 cents (a nickel) for admission, and was the precursor to modern cinema. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
New Line Cinema gambled their entire company on the success of the Lord of The Rings franchise, by committing to all three films for > $270M up front. nytimes.com/2001/12/12/mo…
In 2004 French police discovered an underground cinema that had been built in secret beneath the Paris catacombs. When they returned to it three days later, they found a note reading β€œDo not try to find us”. theguardian.com/world/200…
The Italian government is offering all 18 year olds a €500 'culture bonus,' which can be spent on books, concert tickets, theatre tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and even trips to the country’s national parks. thelocal.it/20160823/ital…
After leaving cinema, Shirley Temple grew into the political scene, eventually becoming the ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia theatlantic.com/internati…
Due to budget issues, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was briefly planned as one film. Helm's Deep and Saruman were cut, Rohan and Gondor merged with Γ‰owyn as Boromir's sister, etc. Upset by the idea of "cutting out half the good stuff," Peter Jackson left Miramax and went to New Line Cinema. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The term β€œBollywood,” though often inaccurately conflated with Indian cinema as a whole, refers just to the Hindi-language industry in the city of Mumbai. Other film industries throughout the country are in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Kannada indiewire.com/2013/07/10-…
The largest loss of life from a single V-2 rocket attack in WW2 occured in Belgium when one struck Antwerp's Rex Cinema killing 567 people in 1944. v2rocket.com/start/chapte…
During a screening of Blue Velvet in Chicago a man fainted and had to have his pacemaker changed. Upon completion, he returned to the cinema to see the movie's ending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
One of Steven Spielberg's first movies cost $500 to make and was shown at a local cinema. 500 people came to the movie and it is thought that one accidentally paid 2 dollars (tickets cost 1 dollar), gaining Spielberg a total of $1 dollar from the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The Italian government is offering all 18 year olds a €500 'culture bonus,' which can be spent on books, concert tickets, theatre tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and even trips to the country’s national parks. thelocal.it/20160823/ital…
In 2004 while searching the Paris Catacombs police discovered a cinema in one of the caverns. It was equipped with a giant screen, seats for the audience, a fully stocked bar, and a complete restaurant. The source of its electrical power and the identity of those responsible remain unknown theguardian.com/world/200…
Despite being released in UK cinemas, Reservoir Dogs (1993) was banned from home video until 1995. To meet the demand for the movie, distributors simply re-released Reservoir Dogs in UK theaters in June 1994. nme.com/photos/12-famous-…
Originally, movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn, because they didn't want popcorn being ground into carpets and rugs. After sound was added to films in 1927, movies became more popular and the humble snack became the norm, so cinemas started selling it in their lobbies. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Our vision of Ancient Rome does not come from academic or architectural truth but Hollywood cinema epics designed on the paintings of a Victorian nominated "The Worst Artist Who Ever Lived." englishmanlovesamerica.co…
Mexico City's Torre Latinoamericana was inaugurated in 1956 and it surprised the world with its great height of 188 m. Today, two museums are found within the tower, with a buffet on the 41st floor and 4D cinema attraction dinktravelers.com/america…
Louis Le Prince, who filmed the first ever motion pictures, disappeared without a trace in 1890. Thomas Edison soon took credit as the first and sole inventor of cinema, and even took Le Prince's son to court to dispute it. Few years later, the son also died under mysterious circumstances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Karamay was the site of one of the worst disasters in modern Chinese history, the 1994 Karamay fire, when 324 people, including 288 school children, lost their lives in a cinema fire on 8 December 1994 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
AT&T owns CNN, HBO, Turner, DC entertainment, Warner Brothers, and New Line Cinema bgr.com/2018/06/16/att-ti…

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