, on April 7th 2007, a theater filled with parents and their kids who were there to see 'The Last Mimzy' were accidentally shown 'The Hills Have Eyes 2' which begins with a screaming, beaten and bloodied woman giving birth to a deformed newborn who is then killed herself with a rock to the head ctvnews.ca/family-film-au…
The officer in charge of guarding Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater left his post to go drinking… at the same bar where John Wilkes Booth was building up the courage to shoot the President. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
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 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…
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…
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%…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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 Colombia, dried ants replace popcorn as the typical movie theater snack. thedailymeal.com/travel/8…
Today I learned of Takarazuka, an all-female musical theater in Japan where women play all roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals, and sometimes stories adapted from shōjo manga and Japanese folktales. youtu.be/M9NnbqnziXs
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…
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…
Mick Jagger played Infamous Australian Outlaw Ned Kelly in the 1970 film Ned Kelly. In 1975 he requested an audition for Frank N Furter in the film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show but producers had their eyes set on Tim Curry who played the character in theaters at the time. abc.net.au/news/2018-09-0…
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…
Today I learned about William Castle, a producer /director know for his unusual promotional gimmicks, such as wiring theater seats to vibrate and shake during the climax of his movie and setting up a booth for people to get refunds during a movie’s β€œFright Break” if they were too scared to see the ending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When a fire broke out in a Brooklyn theater in 1876 there was only one stairwell accessible by the top floor guests which led to a stampede and jammed the exit. 278 of the 1,000 guests died which led to an overhaul of NYC's fire codes and theater regulations. smartadvocate.com/News/Bl…
"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…
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…
Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing have both been translated into Klingon. Klingon Hamlet was also performed in its entirety by the same theater company responsible for the Klingon Christmas Carol. shakespeare.org.uk/explor…
Today I learned about the Victoria Hall disaster where 183 children died in a theater stampede because an exit door was locked. The disaster led to the invention of 'push bar' emergency exits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
During the silent film era in Japan, narrators called "benshi" would provide introductions, dialogue, and live commentary in theaters while the film was playing on-screen. Some benshi became more famous than the film actors and would be advertised on movie posters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Actor Jon Hamm was amongst Ellie Kemper's high school teachers, with whom she appeared in a school play, while studying theater and improvisational comedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
In 1709, a colonial delegation brought four Indians to Londonβ€”three Mohawks and a Mahicanβ€”and presented them in London as the β€œFour Indian Kings” of the Iroquois. The four kings met Queen Anne, dined with nobility, attended the theater, and toured the sites. americanheritage.com/four…
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…
Spielberg began work on a sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind called 'Night Skies' about a family living in a house being attacked by aliens which then split into both E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Poltergeist. In Gremlins, you'll see a theater marquee listing abandoned names for E.T. grantland.com/hollywood-p…
Shakespeare (hey, Happy Birthday, Will!)earned most of his income from his parternship stake in the Globe Theater, not through his writings or plays. youtube.com/watch?v=gsz4j…
In The Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis of '02, Olga Romanova, a 26-year-old civilian acting on her own, crossed the police line undetected, entered the theatre and began urging the hostages to stand up to their captors. The armed Chechens believed she was a Federal Security agent and executed her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Jujube candies, a theater favorite, were invented in the early 18th century (1709 AD) - and are named after the date like Jujube fruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juj…
Today I learned of the 1976 film "Once Upon A Girl", a animated porn made by a group of animators from Disney and Hanna Barbera, with live action segments with Hal Smith and the voice of Frank Welker in the animated segments, and was released in adult theaters and later video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onc…
The Market Theater Gum Wall in Seattle, WA is covered in several inches thick of gum, the wall is 15 feet high by 50-foot-long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
The Supreme Court case which created the "fire in a crowded theater" quote was about draft protesters being arrested, and it was overturned more than 40 years ago. theatlantic.com/national/…
Quentin Tarantino dropped out of High School when he was 15 and got a job at an adult movie theater called The Pussycat Theater en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
French law prohibits movies from being available for streaming until three years after they leave theaters. ikonlondonmagazine.com/ca…
The Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, Oregon, built in 1925, is one of only two surviving Egyptian style theaters left on the entire U.S. West Coast, the other being Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood egyptiantheatreoregon.com…
According to Hollywood accounting "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", which cost $6 million to produce and grossed over $600 million in theaters worldwide somehow managed to lose $20 million in order to avoid paying any royalties. cbsnews.com/news/big-fat-…
Today I learned about Project Iceworm, a proposed 52,000 square mile large nuclear missile complex. By the time of its evacuation, it’s total length was 1.9 miles, and contained a hospital, a shop, a theater and a church. outrider.org/nuclear-weap…
The Midwest based pizza chain Rocky Rococo was sued by comedy troupe The Firesign Theater in 1985 for Copyright infringement over the chain's name. Firesign Theater lost its case because the troupe visited the flagship store in 1975 and reacted with good humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
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…
Titanic’s highest single day box office gross didn’t occur until its 58th day in theaters. It earned $13,048,711 on February 14th, 1998 or Valentines Day. boxofficemojo.com/release…
James Holmes sent $400-$600 worth of partially burnt U.S.D to his former psychiatrist before shooting up a CO movie theater. He said he did this because he could not pay the $80 fee after he lost his student-based insurance and would no longer receive renewals for his psychiatric medications. youtube.com/watch?v=j-jru…
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 abrupt end to β€œPull Me Under” by Dream Theater was inspired by the Beatles song β€œShe’s So Heavy”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pul…
Only 20.37% of IMAX theaters across the US are real IMAX theaters. arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries…
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…
When Star Wars premiered on May 25, 1977, it was only playing in 32 theaters. in70mm.com/library/engage…
At the height of her popularity Paris Hilton starred in "The Hottie and the Nottie," a movie so bad, the estimated opening night per-showing attendance was 5. It grossed $27,696 on opening weekend, despite being shown in 111 theaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The original Star Wars movie wasn't named "A New Hope" until 1981, almost 4 years after it first hit movie theaters for the first time. screenrant.com/star-wars-…
Disney has a bad reputation among theater owners for its strict/lofty terms regarding its films. For "The Last Jedi" as an example, Disney demanded a 65% cut of ticket sales (rather than the minimum 55%-60% cut), a 4 week hold in each venue, and a 5% penalty to any owner who breaks the contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acq…
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest running theatrical release in film history. It has been in a limited release for 4 decades as 20th Century Fox has never pulled it from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in theaters today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Brian Boitano went to the South Park movie alone, had never met Stone or Parker and felt surreal when the theater reacted with appreciative laughter to the question of What Would Brian Boitano Do and the song along with it. It has since become a big part of his life that he seems to embrace it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
In Ancient Rome some condemned prisoners were executed onstage at the theater as "actors" for famous death scenes strangehistory.net/2014/0…
American soldiers in the Pacific theater of WW2 always used passwords containing the letter 'L' due to Japanese mispronunciation, a word such as lollapalooza would be used and upon hearing the first two syllables come back as 'rorra' would "open fire without waiting to hear the rest". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Prior to becoming an actor, Saturday Night Live Phil Hartman was a graphic designer who specialized in designing album covers. He designed covers for such acts as Steely Dan, America and The Firesign Theater. news.avclub.com/you-may-k…
Fantasia, released in 1941, became the very first film to incorporate surround sound. Unfortunately, the additional equipment necessary to reproduce 'Fantasound' was too costly to roll out on a widespread basis, costing $85,000 per theater. informit.com/articles/art…
When Disney released β€œFantasia 2000” it was the first feature length animated film to be shown in IMAX. IMAX had to agree to Disney’s screening terms, and since the California Science Center in LA did not, Disney built their own IMAX theater for the film’s 4mo run. Then demolished it afterward. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Chadwick Boseman was accepted into a prestigious summer theater program at Oxford University, but couldn't afford to go. He secured funding through a private benefactor, who turned out to be Denzel Washington. Over 20 yrs later Chadwick thanked him in person at the premiere of "Black Panther." cnbc.com/2018/03/02/denze…
There is a Japanese Idol girl group with over 100 members. AKB48 performs in their own theaters, cycling different teams of members each show, and has sold over 56 million records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKB…
In Japan the Second World War (Pacific Theater) is known as the Greater East Asia War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
The 1996 Indian film "Fire," the first mainstream Bollywood movie featuring a lesbian relationship, upset Hindu fundamentalists so much that they set fire to theaters screening it. "If women's physical needs get fulfilled through lesbian acts, the institution of marriage will collapse," said one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Chuck B. Pierce, director and star of "The Legend of Boggy Creek II," as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000, was the one who wrote Clint Eastwood's famous line "go ahead, make my day." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_…
There is a group of about 400 ultra powerful and wealthy individuals that see movies on release day in their own home theaters. It costs $100k to join and $4k/month membership. It is called the Bel Air Circuit. cepro.com/article/changes…
The Stars War Podrace is based off the Pinchcliffe Grand Prix which was in theaters every day for 28 years in Norway, Moscow, and Tokyo. It is the highest grossing and most widely seen Norwegian film ever, selling 5.5 million tickets (Norway's current population is 5 million). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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-…
Universal Pictures failed to include a (c) in the credits of the 1963 Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn movie 'Charade'. As a result the film entered the public domain upon release in theaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The TV channel β€œNickelodeon” got its name from nickelodeons in the early 1900’s, silent movie theaters which customers would pay a nickel to get into en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Glorifying China in a Hollywood production will increase the chance to enter the yearly quota (out of 34) to enter Chinese theaters. youtu.be/8R-FQTY4KJk
In 1997 Warner Bros. Pictures spent $15 million producing a movie that only played in one theater for one week grossing just $309 in box office revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
The Astor Place Riot (1849) caused the largest number of civilian deaths by the military since the revolutionary war and led to additional militarization of the police because people were apparently REALLY into the theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
The 1994 box office bomb Baby's Day Out was a huge hit in South Asia, beating Star Wars as the most successful American film. It was played for over a year at the largest theater in Calcutta and spawned two remakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The Nickelodeon channel gets its name from old five cent (Nickel) movie theaters (The old Greek word for theaters being β€œOdeon”) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
One shouldn't say "Macbeth" or quote lines from it in a theater, because it is believed to bring bad luck for the current play and the actors involved historythings.com/macbeth…
Mars (the owner of M&M’s) rejected a product placement deal in a film (E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial) about a boy who befriends an alien by luring him with candy, but Reese’s Pieces ( owned by Hershey’s) took a shot and and sales shot up 65% in the first two weeks after the movie hit the theaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
Ghost sheet comes from burial sheets. In old theater productions, when you wanted someone to look as if they had risen from the dead you would have them appear in their burial sheet thus representing that they were corpses. And that has lasted on to become a sheet over your head youre a ghost thedailybeast.com/who-inv…
Quentin Tarantino used to work as an usher at a movie theater, meaning he got to watch movies for free--but it was a porn theater, and porn movies bored him. whatculture.com/film/10-w…
The McDonald's Super Size option started as a cross promotion for the 1993 Jurassic Park movie. It was called 'Dino Size' and was so successful that after the movie left theaters the option remained under its new name 'Super Size'. ca.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
The Iroquois Theater in Chicago was billed as "Absolutely Fireproof" in advertisements when it opened. It lasted 37 days before being destroyed in what is still the deadliest single-building fire in U.S. history, leaving 602 dead and 250 injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The movie Clue in 1985 had 3 endings that were randomly distributed to theaters. People argued about the ACTUAL ending although they’ve seen two different ones. cinemablend.com/new/Clue-…
The creators of "South Park," Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-created one of the most successful Broadway musicals, "The Book of Mormon." Their production won a Tony award for "Best Musical", a Grammy for "Best Musical Theater Album", and has grossed over $500 million dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is an Ex-Marine and founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. The AITAF provide high-quality theater programming for active duty service members, veterans and their families. nytimes.com/2011/02/22/th…
Today I learned about the Lollipop Theater, which organizes special movie screenings and celebrity visits for kids with life-threatening illnesses. lollipoptheater.org
. Keanu Reeves turned down a $10 million offer for the main role in Speed 2, in favor of touring with his band and playing Hamlet in a theater production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea…
Buddy Holly & The Crickets were the first white band to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, being mistaken for the R&B group The Crickets. Booked for six nights, the crowd began at first to boo, but by the third night the band had won the them over. backstage360.com/1957-bud…
There were 317 drive-in theaters in the U.S. last summer, compared with 4,063 in 1958. driveintheatre-ownersasso…
Marjoe Gortner was a child-preacher who became a very successful evangelist despite not believing in any religion. An honest documentary of his work won an Oscar in 1972 despite not being shown in any theaters south of Des Moines, IA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The name of the popular kids TV channel 'Nickelodeon', which is a joining of the words 'nickel' and 'odeon', comes directly from the term for a type of early 20th century theater where people would pay a nickel to see short films. youtu.be/stznrpS3_Gc
The box office flop "Idiocracy" (2006) was released in as few theaters as possible by 20th Century Fox so as to not offend the negatively portrayed advertisers in the movie. Fox then planned, and succeeded, in recuperating its budget by purposefully making the movie garner a cult following en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Despite 'The Boondock Saints' being considered one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood, it was only released in 5 theaters and for a duration of just one week. The main reason for the limited distribution was because of the recent massacre at Columbine High School. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When his girlfriend, Angie Everhart, was getting a minor breast enlargement, Sylvester Stallone entered the operating theater and instructed the surgeon to make them "big but perky", overriding Everhart's instructions independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s love for theater began when he saw Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the age of 12. The last time Hoffman acted on stage was in 2012, performing in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman nytimes.com/2008/12/21/ma…
Toy theater is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theaters were often printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. Dabblers: Lewis Carroll, Ian McKellen, Terry Gilliam, etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…

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