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…
Peter Jackson shot "The Hobbit" in such a high frame rate, some people experienced nausea watching it in movie theaters. theguardian.com/film/shor…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There was a full movie theater with a bar, concessions, seats, and movie screen in an underground catacomb of Paris. ( theguardian.com/world/200…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Vomitoriums were actually just the entrances and exits of stadiums and theaters, not rooms to throw up in after eating. scientificamerican.com/ar…
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…
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…
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…
John Wick was released as a playable character in Payday 2, two days before the first movie was in theaters. youtube.com/watch?v=Kqoob…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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%…
During the screening of Jodorowsky's feature length debut film 'Fando y Lis' a riot broke out in the theaters that forced Jodorowsky to sneak out of the building, only to have his limousine pelted with rocks by moviegoers dailytitan.com/lifestyle/…
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…
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…
In 1987 Glad-Lock Bags financed a theatrically released movie called "Million Dollar Mystery", where the audience was handed a coupon outside the theater, and the movie had a tie in with their promotion, even having the character directly talk to the audience at the end about the promotion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
"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…
When Tay Zonday made the "Chocolate Rain" video, he was doing PhD studies at the University of Minnesota in theater history & social change. He said: "I wrote 'Chocolate Rain' as a serious social commentary, but people re-sang the song with their own lyrics, often for the sake of comedy." startribune.com/c-j-choco…
The band Foo Fighters was named after the term foo fighter which was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various UFOs or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific theaters of operations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
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 Boondock Saints made $30,471 in its theatrical run which was at only 5 theaters for 1 week. It became a cult hit after its home release grossing about $50 million in domestic video sales but its writer/director Troy Duffy didn't see profits because he signed away DVD rights in his contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The forward speakers in a movie theater are actually behind the screen. The screen has about 5500 tiny perforations to allow the sound through. Typically there are speakers left, center, and right to better represent the sound source from on screen out to the audience. soundandvision.com/conten…
In Colombia, dried ants replace popcorn as the typical movie theater snack. thedailymeal.com/travel/8…
Carfentanyl (think "normal" Fentanyl but on crack) is so potent that it can be used as a chemical weapon. It was most likely used during the 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis as an aerosol mist to subdue the Chechen hostage takers. history.com/news/opioid-c…
Jon Hamm briefly taught the theater class at his old high school, and one of his students was Ellie Kemper who went on to star on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - also starring Jon Hamm youtube.com/watch?v=5WcV8…
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…
Today I learned of George Peter Metesky, better known as the "Mad Bomber," who terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries and offices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…

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