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This Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great "unsinkable" RMS Titanic. To honor the lost souls, Hollywood re-released Titanic in 3D and Twitter broke out into a deluge dumb tweets from people who thought the Titanic was was just a movie. The Belfast Titanic is more suitable tribute to the largest ocean liner the world ever saw at the time. What better place to create a museum with recreations of the ship's interior than in the city where the Titanic was built?
 
Nestled in the tranquil waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island in Thailand is this concept-turned-awesome-reality: the Archipelago Cinema. Designed by German Architect Ole Scheeren, moviegoers trade theater seats for outsized cushions, and dark walls for an idyllic tropical vista. The floating screen and its raft of an auditorium had its first screening late last month, and utilized construction techniques "used by fishermen to construct floating lobster farms," according to the architect. This goes right up there with our favorite water-borne theatres from Germany, though the audience floats at the Archipelago Cinema, too.

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