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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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If you're wondering: "odeon" is an old word for theater; a "nickel-odeon" was the kind of machine you'd drop a nickel into and peer in to see a film strip. Popular in the very early days of moving film.
As movie theaters with projectors arose, these became less popular, and started to get a sleazy reputation - much like "penny dreadfuls" and "three-penny opera." Today, you'll mostly see them in fairly old-fashioned peep shows.
Come to think of it, it's kind of weird that a children's TV network is named after something otherwise mostly associated with characters like Mack the Knife or old porn reels.
(Mack the Knife, of course, coming from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's melodrama-with-music "The Threepenny Opera;" "Mack" was Macheath, a highwayman and murderer who worked hard to get his nickname.)
The famous English translation of his song, incidentally, makes Mack come off *less* vicious than he does in the original. Mackie Messer is not a nice guy.
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