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I had a friend who, as a child, used to think that name of our local movie theater was "a theater near you" because of the commercials that always said "coming soon to a theater near you" :-)
I was (and still am) a big fan of Mary Poppins it was truly magical and eveything seemed to be real. I honestly thought that you could fit anything in a carpet bag,fly up chimneys and float when you laugh but out of all of them i thought you could jump into chalk pictures. As i was out with my mum when i was little, we walked past an artist drawing chalk pictures and i stood by one. I did the little rhyme by Bert in the film and jumped onto the picture. I opened my eyes only to find an angry artist staring at me. Before he could do anything my mum apologised and quickly dragged me away. I was so disappointed that it didn't work.
I used to believe that Agatha Christie, Angela Lansbury, and Jessica Fletcher were all the same person. I was finally corrected after "Beauty and the Beast" came out, when I said, "Wow, I can't believe that's Agatha Christie doing the voice of the teapot."
When I was young, I asked my mom how they filmed stuff like people jumping off cliffs, and she explained that they'd have a stuntman jump and land on a cushion, and then they'd move the cushion and show the actor on the ground, as though he'd landed there. Somehow, I got it turned around, and thought that if the stuntman did the jump, he'd actually land on the hard ground, and then they'd pick him up and put a cushion under him and pick up the filming again. I couldn't understand why that would prevent him from getting injured, or why I hadn't see these cushions in the movies.
When I was a little boy I would watch old films with my Grandmother who spoke very broken English with a thick Greek accent.
I was about 15 yrs. old when I realised that
Bah Layngasstar and Tarra Parra
were actually Burt Lancaster and Tyrone Power.
Also I when I was about 11yrs old I used to think if there was an earthquake and California sunk into the ocean then there would be no more movies because all the movies were made in Hollywood.I figured that they could make movies in New York if that happened but they probably wouldn't be as good.
When the movie "Full Metal Jacket" came out, I thought it meant an actual jacket made of metal that the soldiers would wear, kind of like a suit of armor.
When I was younger I used to believe that the Reading Cinema didn't have any sound but had subtitles which you had to read.I later found out that "Reading" was just the last name of the owner of the cinema.
I used to think that when a film was being made, the actors had to act out the whole thing in one take. If someone said their lines wrong, the whole film would have to be redone.
I used to believe that the contents of home-recorded VHS tapes were partially randomized each time they were played. I can probably blame this on a combination of older tapes being recorded over, and sections becoming defunct as they wore out with time.
I knew that films were made by joining lots of static photos together, and therefore assumed that they made films by taking a photo, moving the actors, taking another photo...
I wondered how they made films of sporting events and assumed they re-created them after the event.
A friend of mine (she is 34) was a big fan of an actor called Keith O'Sullivan. It was only very recently that we discovered that she was in fact talking about Kiefer Sutherland.
I saw the film "Labyrinth" with David Bowie when i was very small. For many years afterward, I had nightmares that David Bowie (stuffed tight panes, big hair and all) would sneak up on me at night from under my bed, and that my sister and I would be kidnapped by him, except he lived right down the street.
Well, growing up, my mom raised me really weird (she was a germaphobe and stuff) and whenever I saw kissing in movies, I would be disgusted and think about all the germs they would be spreading, and how would they be pretending to kiss each other like that when I thought that only people in love kissed each other. So I kept thinking of possible ways they could be kissing appropriate and without spreading germs. One idea was they had pieces of plastic stuck to their lips when they were making out.
I used to think that if a movie either had flashbacks to an adults childhood, or they started when they were a child or anything that required an adult character to be shown as a child, or vice versa, that they filmed the parts in childhood when the actors were that age, and then they had to wait for the actors to grow up to be the right age and film the rest of the movie.
I used to believe that an animated film meant that the film had live animals in it.
I always wondered as a child how people went to the loo when ating in a long film (not relasing that films are recorded in parts then put together) I though they must have loos hidden on chairs and during filming they could go and sit on a chair and sectetly go with out any one knowing...
When I was young and watched "The wizard of Oz" I misinterperted the ending. I thought that Dorothy really HAD gone to Oz.... and I was so crushed when I found out she really hadn't. It was one of the most dissapointing moments of my childhood!
I used to believe that when that they were filming The Wizard Of Oz that thay invented colored movies and they had half black and white,half colored movie.
When I was young I used to think that if you didn't take a movie out of the VCR as soon as the credits ended it would start playing backwards and I was terrified (and still am) of songs and movies playing backwards.
I didn't know about dubbing until I saw Titanic when I was like 11. I always thought the actors spoke so many languages!