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…
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-…
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…
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…
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/…
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-…
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/
Thomas Edison is responsible for the very first on-screen kiss in cinema. brainpickings.org/2012/01…
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 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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
After leaving cinema, Shirley Temple grew into the political scene, eventually becoming the ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia theatlantic.com/internati…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
On October 22, 1988, an integrist Catholic group set fire to the Saint Michel cinema in Paris while it was showing the film The Last Temptation of Christ. A little after midnight, an incendiary device ignited under a seat in the underground room, where a different film was being shown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
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…
The fifth Qajar king of Iran is credited with both the creation of the Persian constitution and Persian cinema. During his first visit to Europe he immediately fell in love with the silver screen and ordered his personal photographer to acquire all the equipment and knowledge needed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
AT&T owns CNN, HBO, Turner, DC entertainment, Warner Brothers, and New Line Cinema bgr.com/2018/06/16/att-ti…
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…
Soviet film director Andrei Tarkovsky praised the movie The Terminator, saying it's pushing the frontier of cinema as an art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Bohemian Rhapsody is the second most successful movie in Dutch cinema history, only just beaten out by Titanic boxofficenl.net/listing.a…
AMC cinemas (American Multi-cinema), the largest theater chain in the USA, is no longer American. It's now owned by the Dalian Wanda Group, a massive Chinese conglomerate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
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…
The deadliest rocket attack during WW2 occurred when the Cine Rex cinema in Antwerp, Belgium was hit by a V-2 rocket on 16 December 1944. 567 people were killed and 11 buildings were destroyed by the explosion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
The Prog rock band Yes broke up,members of Yes started a new band called Cinema. Cinema wrote an album largely based off of songs by Yes. While recording the Yes vocalist joined Cinema. Cinema changed its name to Yes. Yes released the album, titled 90125. 90125 became their most successful album en.wikipedia.org/wiki/901…
Over 250 cinemas in the UK have Autism Friendly Screenings (AFS) in which the volume is lower, the lighting is darker and you can take your own food and drink. dimensions-uk.org/familie…
Blazing Saddles marks the first time a fart recording had been used in cinema uproxx.com/movies/20-thin…
Today I learned of Digital Cinema Files, a type of digital file that is now used in movie theaters to display films, and comes with both encrypted content and an encrypted password that can only be decoded by a piece of secure hardware on the playback system. Not even employees have direct access to the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
In 1958 CIA reported that subliminal messaging can make people act abnormally, based on James Vicary's reported claims of his subliminal cinema ads test increasing sales. In 1962, Vicary admitted his report was a fake gimmick, and 30 years later, the cinema owner said they never had such a test. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 2004, police discovered a secret underground cinema with professionally installed electricity, phone lines, full bar, classic movies and recent thrillers, and more in the catacombs under paris. Upon returning 3 days later, a note was found that read "Do not try to find us" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
That,deemed β€œthe gravedigger of French cinema,” FranΓ§ois Truffaut was banned from the Cannes film festival in 1958 after denouncing the festival as a clapped-out institution.But he returned with The 400 Blows next year and won Best Director Award. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In 2007, children were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead of The Last Mimzy in a US cinema. The opening scene of THHE2 features a chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby. nme.com/filmandtv/news/ch…
"Swearnet: The Movie" has the most uses of the f-word in cinema history. It's used 935 times in the 112-minute film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
Monty Python's Life of Brian was mainly financed by George Harrison after EMI withdrew their funding. Harrison put up the money for it as he "wanted to see the movie" (this was later described by Terry Jones as the "world's most expensive cinema ticket"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Christopher Lee (known for his role as Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku, etc.) thinks his best performance was as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the documentary film "Jinnah." The film had positive responses after being shown at festivals but was never distributed to cinemas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
The Rocky Horror Picture Show holds the record for the longest theatrical release, having shown in at least one American cinema, once a week, in the US from 1975 to the present day tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwik…
Star Wars is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema. For example, "Jedi" came from "Jidaigeki" or "period drama" in Japanese, while "Chewbacca" in Japanese basically means "Mid-level fool". slashfilm.com/star-wars-j…
The director of the Truman Show wanted to install a video camera in every theater and have the projectionist cut from the film to the video of the viewers in the cinema. tipjar.com/dan/peterweir.…
Cinemas in the UK have Autism Friendly Screenings (AFS) in which the volume is lower, the lighting is darker and you can take your own food and drink. dimensions-uk.org/support…
Today I learned about the Cinema Rex fire in which 420 people were locked inside a movie theater and burned alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
There are four feature films known to have been shot exclusively in the constructed language Esperanto. French cinema pioneer Leon Ernest Gaumont wanted to make a film about Esperanto to showcase a sync sound process he had developed, but the project was curtailed by the onset of World War I en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Film director D.W. Griffith was so upset by the NAACP's attempts to remove "The Birth of a Nation" from cinemas that he made the film "Intolerance" as a response to their criticism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The producer of the James Bond movies is a woman. She casts Bond, his girls and decides on the stories. Barbara Broccoli is in business for 30 years leading the most successful cinema franchise. mi6-hq.com/sections/artic…
Dirty Dancing was expected to flop on release. The film was poorly tested with audiences and it was originally scheduled to show in cinemas for one weekend before going straight to VHS. vox.com/culture/2017/8/19…
Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas are refusing to show the Crouching Tiger Hidden Tiger sequel because its being released on Netflix on day 1 latimes.com/entertainment…
There was an era in early American cinema called 'Pre-Code Hollywood', which included movies rampant with sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence, and homosexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Shirley Temple, often thought of now as the little darling of golden age cinema, actually was being used to sexually objectify children in mainstream film, often playing a prostitute, or a burlesque dancer. youtu.be/rrjvifKXQy4
Most cinemas have assistive hearing devices that can help hear movies better and cancel out popcorn crunching. amctheatres.com/assistive…
In "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah", the big white building in Shinjuku that takes a beating from Mecha-King Ghidorah and Godzilla during the final battle is the main center for tax in Japan, during the cinema showing the audience cheered when it was destroyed. godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/G…
That, during the production of American History X, director Tony Kaye brought a Catholic Priest, a Rabbi, and a Tibetan Monk into a meeting with New Line Cinema President Michael De Luca, in an attempt to "ease negotiations" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
- Of the Carlsberg Social Experiment, where a hidden camera observed the reactions of couples walking into a cinema with only 2 free seats remaining, and all the other 148 seats already filled by badass bikers. youtu.be/zEnhYlzqKUk
Quentin Tarantino owns an vintage cinema house in LA where he only shows his favourite films in 35mm film exclusively. thenewbev.com
In 2009, Nigerian cinema surpassed Hollywood as second largest film producer after Bollywood. un.org/apps/news/story.as…
The cinema fire scene from "Inglourious Basterds" burned three times hotter than expected nearly incinerating Eli Roth and Omar Doom articles.latimes.com/2009…
Stephen Spielberg directed his first feature film, Firelight (1964), which was released at his local cinema. It was shot on a budget of $500, and took $501 at the box office, giving the film an official profit of $1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Malayalam cinema is known as Mollywood and is the fourth largest film industry in India. The first 3D film produced in India, My Dear Kuttichathan (1984), was made in Malayalam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Because of difficulties understanding different dialects, many Danish cinemas show Danish subtitles on Danish films. washingtonpost.com/news/w…
The 'Holocaust Cannibal' movie has an impalement scene that caused its director to be summoned to court for the count of murder. The actress, who played the shot, had to repeat the special effect in court to prove it was not murder, but cinema. imdb.com/title/tt0078935/…
The 1997 comedy film Trojan War had a 15 million dollar budget and only made back $309.00 dollars in ticket sales at the cinema. imdb.com/title/tt0120376/…
George Stevens, cinema director of comedies and musicals, was the person responsible for the shooting and montage of the nazi concentration camps footage used during the Nuremberg Trials. theguardian.com/film/2017…
When the Prince Charles Cinema in London got tired of disruptive moviegoers, they hired "ninjas" to wear black morpsuits and wait in the back of the theater to scare anyone who is talking or texting m.hollywoodreporter.com/n…
Quentin Tarantino owns the famous Beverly Cinema in Hollywood. He notoriously dumped the digital projector and only keeps an actual film projector to show movies from his own collection and where ever they can source a print from a studio directly. echoba.se/new-beverly-cin…
In 1927 a fire started in the Laurier Palace Theatre in Montreal, Canada and killed 78 children. The city responded by banning children under 16 from cinemas which lasted until 1961. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Conershop's 1997 smash hit Brimful of Asha is about finding happiness in the fantasy of cinema cornershop.com/2012/01/br…
During the week of July 2nd 1982, E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial, Rocky 3, Blade Runner, Poltergeist, John Carpenter's The Thing, Star Trek 2 and Conan The Barbarian were all simultaneously playing at the cinema. boxofficemojo.com/weekly/…
In the more remote Highlands and Islands of Scotland, there isn't enough people to justify a full time cinema, so we have a portable one on the back of a lorry, which gos on tour. screenmachine.co.uk
The opening scene of The Spy Who Loved Meβ€”in which James Bond skies off a cliff and opens a Union Jack parachuteβ€”amazed even royalty. "I have never seen a reaction in the cinema as there was that night. You couldn't help it. You could not help but stand up. Even Prince Charles stood up." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2004, a fully equipped secret movie theater was found in the catacombs of Paris. It had a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels of film noir classics, a fully stocked bar, and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Nobody knows who put it there. firstshowing.net/2013/sec…
When New Line Cinema reported that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was causing horrendous financial losses, with actors not receiving their cut, Peter Jackson hired an auditor, and eventually sued. Executive Robert Shaye took great offense, declaring that they would never work with Jackson again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Kevin Smith thought Veronica Mars was "proof that TV can be better that Cinema." The show was also much beloved by Joss Whedon, Stephen King, and Ed Brubaker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
George Harrison mortgaged his home to fund Monty Python's "The Life of Brian" because the original producers backed out a week before filming was to start. Harrison put up the Β£3 mil because he wanted to see the movie which Terry Jones referred to as the "world's most expensive cinema ticket". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
After Top Gun was shown in cinemas, recruitment into the Navy by young men went up by 500% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Public cinemas in Saudi Arabia have been illegal since the 1980s amp.theguardian.com/film/…
When New Line Cinema tried changing the title of Snakes on a Plane to Pacific Air 121, Sam Jackson replied with, "Are you out of your f*cking minds? That's exactly what you want to do. Nobody wants to see Pacific Air 121. That's like saying Boat to Heaven." mentalfloss.com/article/7…

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