Gillian Lynne did so badly in school teachers thought she had a learning disorder & her mom took her to a doctor. Lynne began dancing to his radio; the doctor said: She’s not disordered, she’s a dancer; put her in dance school. Lynne became a world-renowned dancer & music theater choreographer. npr.org/2014/10/04/353679…
To film the scenes of the audience watching the "Ass Movie" in Idiocracy (2006), a theater was rented and extras were paid to watch a buttocks on the screen, which garnered genuine laughter--making Mike Judge consider his own film a waste of time. fastcompany.com/3064328/m…
People would come and go during movies before Psycho. Hitchcock required theaters to not allow people in after it started. It was after that when people would watch entire movies more regularly from start to end hollywoodreporter.com/rac…
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
Today I learned of the Federal Theater Project. It was a program to employ artists during the great depression. The Federal Theatre Project was distinguished for its focus on racial injustice. At its conclusion, 65 percent of its productions were still presented free of charge. loc.gov/collections/feder…
"Marooned", AKA "Space Travelers", was the only film ever shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 to win an Oscar (for Best Special Visual Effects). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There is an extended version of both Kill Bill movies in a 4-hour cut that includes new content and is shown rarely in Quentin Tarantino’s movie theater the New Beverly Cinema. slashfilm.com/kill-bill-b…
Peter Jackson shot "The Hobbit" in such a high frame rate, some people experienced nausea watching it in movie theaters. theguardian.com/film/shor…
There is a massive debate upon how Brent Spiner Became Conan O'Brien in the South Park movie. With Trey and Matt claiming Brent begged to do the role, while Brent claims trey and Matt begged him to do it because they had just 3 days to finish the movie before the it aired in theaters. youtu.be/Yns1LVF8bmc
During WWII, the Coca-Cola Company operated 64 bottling plants near combat zones overseas on behalf of the U.S. military and distributed more than 5 billion bottles of Coca-Cola to Army, Navy, and Marine personnel in all the war's theaters of operations. coca-colacompany.com/news…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
In the early 1800s they had laughing gas theaters where people enjoyed a show after inhaling nitrous oxide. This was a few years before they figured out it can be used for anesthesia. pdf.sciencedirectassets.c…
Today I learned about Off-off-Broadway theaters, that are smaller New York City theaters than Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, and usually have fewer than 100 seats. Broadway theaters have more than 500 seats and Off-Broadway theaters have more than 100 but less than 500 seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
The 1959 film "The Tingler" was about a parasite that causes tingling sensations in victims. The films producers rigged surplus WWII aircraft motors to random theater seats, so viewers would "feel the tingler" when it attacked. Some viewers were also paid to pretend to scream and faint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Singapore Changi Airport has been rated the World's Best Airport by Skytrax for 8 consecutive years, the first airport to ever do so. It contains an indoor slide, butterfly garden, movie theater and the world's tallest indoor waterfall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
On May 19th, 1999 when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace released into theaters, an estimated 2.2 million full time employees missed work to watch the film. Costing the US an estimated $293 million dollars from lose of productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
William Castle, a b-movie maker, allowed audiences refunds if a movie was too scary. Many abused it, angering Castle. The abuse stopped when he made refund seekers go to a "Coward's Corner" in the theater as a record screamed "Watch the chicken!" and a yellow light followed across the theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A 67-year-old neuro-scientist was "stereoblind" (unable to see depth) his entire life, but it was cured after he saw the movie "Hugo" in 3D at a movie theater. Afterwards he was permanently able to perceive depth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The "crazy Asian war" in the song "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" was the Pacific Theater of World War 2, not the Vietnam War as is commonly believed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The moonwalk dance move, popularized by Michael Jackson, is an old move dating back to the 1930s when Cab Calloway called it "the buzz." Dancer Bill Bailey was filmed doing the move at The Apollo Theater in 1955. Jackson saw a dancer on Soul Train doing the move and learned it from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
In 1991 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested by undercover detectives in Sarisota Florida for indecent exposure at a porn theater. Pee Wee made an appearance at the 1991 MTV VMAs and received a standing ovation after asking the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
Movie trailers were originally shown after the feature film. That's why they are called "trail"ers. Theaters quickly noticed that people would simply leave when the main feature was complete, so they began showing the trailers before the movie instead; the name just stuck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned about the "Antilia", the world's largest private home built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India. It is 173m (568ft) tall and has over 37,000 square meters (400,000 sq ft) of living space, 27 floors, a 168-car garage, 9 elevators, a Hindu temple and a 50-seat theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli convinced his hometwon in 2006 to build a theater where only one concert is given a year (by him). The theater stays silent the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Prior to the flu pandemic (1918) being reported in St. Louis, Dr. Max Starkloff had local physicians on high alert and wrote about the importance of avoiding crowds. As health commissioner he closed schools, theaters, and prohibited public gatherings. The city had the lowest U.S. mortality rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
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…
In 1974 the 1946 movie "It's A Wonderful Life" fell into public domain because the studio failed to renew it's copyright. As a result, it was aired a lot, which explains why it became so popular even though it flopped in theaters. The studio got rights to the movie again in 1993 blogs.loc.gov/copyright/2…
There was a full movie theater with a bar, concessions, seats, and movie screen in an underground catacomb of Paris. ( theguardian.com/world/200…
Metal band Dream Theater released an album on September 11th, 2001, called "Live Scenes from New York"; the artwork depicted the twin towers on fire, although it was soon recalled following the 9/11 attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The 2018 kids movie "Show Dogs" came under fire after parents and groups accused the film of normalizing child grooming. The producer pulled the movie from theaters, and re-released it without the offending scenes. However, this also created a plot hole in the re-edited version. huffpost.com/entry/surviv…
Ulysses S. Grant and his wife were invited to join Lincoln and his wife at the theater the night Lincoln was assassinated, but declined the invite because Julia Grant did not like Mary Todd. history-first.com/2018/07…
Today I learned of the fotoplayer, the all in one instrument that brought sound effects to silent movies in theaters before sound films came about in the 1920s. Though there are less than fifty remaining today, only 12 of those are playable still. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jim Varney studied Shakespeare professionally at the Barter Theater in Virginia before winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his role as Ernest P. Worrell in Hey Vern, It's Ernest!. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
After filming Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola wanted the film to be a special event, playing in exactly one theater in Kansas - the geographical center of the USA. The theater would be built especially for the film with a unique surround sound system, and would run continuously for 10 years mauiwatch.com/2019/08/a-r…
The 1952 Great Smog of London was so bad that the smog came indoors and movie screenings and concerts had to be cancelled because it was more difficult to see inside a large room like a movie theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The computer game Tron actually came out after the movie did. It even made more money in arcades than the movie did in theaters. tron.fandom.com/wiki/TRON…
March 26, 2020, had the lowest movie theater ticket sales in history, at a total of $24 (as opposed to 2019, with $17,294,351 in sales) boxofficemojo.com/date/20…
"See You Next Wednesday" is a prop movie title used in many John Landis' films, including American Werewolf in London where it was the XXX Movie in the Porn theater at the end. It has also been referenced in dozens of films, TV shows and Graphic Novels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
Today I learned of Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian writer whose works were banned in 1929. In desperation, he wrote a letter to Stalin and asked to emigrate. To his surprise, Stalin telephoned him personally. Bulgakov said he didn't want to leave and asked to work at the theater. Stalin permitted his request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
It is considered bad luck to say the word "Macbeth" in a theater production, which is why production's refer to it as "The Scottish Play" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about America's top ace of all time, Major Richard Bong. He flew through Market Street, SF, and looped around the Golden Gate Bridge before eventually serving in the Pacific theater of WWII. He died in a testing accident on the same day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that film studios can't own movie theaters, thus breaking up their oligopoly. Before its ruling, Hollywood studios owned movie theaters to hold exclusive rights of showing their films, angering independent producers including Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The mini-series Shogun (1980) is the most watched show ever on NBC. It was so popular that restaurants and theaters reported a decrease in business for the week it aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
That the idiom β€œto steal someone’s thunder” originated from the dramatist John Dennis who found out that his idea for a thunder machine for his play was stolen and used in a different play in the same theater en.wikipedia.org/Stealing…
Director Peter Weir wanted to have cameras installed in behind every theater showing β€˜The Truman Show’ and have the projectionist cut the power at some point during the film, cut to the viewers so they'd be watching themeselves, and then cut back to the movie. avclub.com/the-truman-sho…
"Zyzzyx Road," a 2006 thriller starring Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, was released in just one theater for a week. During its short run, a total of six people saw the film, which resulted in $30 in ticket sales, making it the lowest-grossing movie of all time. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
After the Aurora theater shooting, Cinemark spent more than $1 million redesigning and renovating the complex, including combining two theaters where victims were shot into a large, X-D digital viewing room. It provided free tickets to shooting victims, first responders and medical personnel usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Vomitoriums were actually just the entrances and exits of stadiums and theaters, not rooms to throw up in after eating. scientificamerican.com/ar…

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