Sometimes, an image comes along that leaves us with more questions than answers, and the ghostly abandoned theater on the southern tip of the Egyptian Sanai Peninsula is one of those instances. Dubbed the "End of the World Cinema," the open-air theater can fit hundreds in its neatly arranged rows of seats, but it's never screened a film—it just sits in the desert like a slightly weirder version of the Cadillac Ranch. Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas recently captured the site.

Images via Kaupo Kikkas.

The End of the World Cinema was built by a wealthy Frenchman as a private movie theater for himself and his friends. He imported a set of theater seats, projectors, screens, and generators to this location at the base of a desert mountain range, but on opening night, a group of feisty locals sabotaged the power supply.

Abandoned in a harsh desert landscape where the weather can wear down even the most fortified structures, the roofless theater is completely vulnerable, seemingly destined to fade to dust like its surroundings. It functions as an eerie monument to a past cinematic life.


These sort of deserted places and objects are found all over the world. Images of the late-19th and early 20th-centuries' ghost towns of the American West are ubiquitous. In China, aggressive investment and speculation combined with economic busts have created a number of contemporaryghost towns. Abandoned amusement parks quickly segue from failed entertainment complexes to digital memes. Indeed, these places hold a dual existence, acting as attractions for travelers of both desert roads and the information superhighway. The juxtaposition between former function and decay creates a playground for photographers and artists.


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