Not a month since the enigmatic "Theater At The End Of The World" went viral among the internet's curio corners, it seems that the outdoor cinema in the middle of the Egyptian desert has been utterly destroyed. Did we shine a light on one of the world's secret places only to expose it to ruin?

The rows of exposed seating that made up the Seven Art Cinema were erected in the middle of the desert by Diyinn Eadel, a Frenchman who had always dreamed of bringing a theater to Sinai. Making his dreams come true, Eadel obtained the necessary permissions and built hundreds of theater seats smack in the middle of the desert. The seats had no enclosure or gates and the whole affair seemed to be a fairly magical undertaking.


Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the theater was shut down before they were ever even able to screen their first film (it would have been Jurassic Park). So the al fresco theater was abandoned and forgotten until it was recently rediscovered thanks to Google Earth and an evocative set of pictures from the ground.

When the photographs made the original rounds, the theater seemed to have been in more or less pristine condition, but now a new set of pictures has been released that shows the site in ruins. No one has taken credit for the destruction, and it seems possible that the actual site was destroyed before the theater's recent popular renaissance, although it seems equally likely that it was brought to the attention of vandals thanks to its sudden rediscovery. Whatever the case, it seems we've lost yet another of the amazing places that the internet has brought to light, for better or worse. [Egyptian Streets]


UPDATE: Twitter user LionelJune points out that the theater was likely stripped for scrap metal which is rather scarce in Egypt right now. Zayed's photographs would seem to confirm this as it looks as though the chairs' metal sidings have been stripped away. Either way, a shame.

Image Credits: Noha Zayed, Kaupo Kikkas

Eric Grundhauser is a Senior Editor at Atlas Obscura, the leading guide to the world's wondrous and curious places. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!