After the Final Curtain: America's Abandoned Theaters

After the Final Curtain: America's Abandoned Theaters

by Matt Lambros

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Overview

In the early 20th century the streets of small towns and cities across America were filled with the lights and sounds of movie theaters. The most opulent — known as “movie palaces” — were designed to make their patrons feel like royalty; people would dress up to visit. But as time went on it became harder and harder to fill the 2,000+ seat theaters and many were forced to close.
Today, these palaces are illuminated only by the flicker of dying lights. The sound of water dripping from holes in the ceiling echoes through the auditoriums. In After the Final Curtain (Volume 2) internationally-renowned photographer Matt Lambros continues his travels across the United States, documenting these once elegant buildings. From the supposedly haunted Pacific Warner Theatre in Los Angeles to the Orpheum Theatre in New Bedford, MA — which opened the same day the Titanic sank — Lambros pulls back the curtain to reveal what is left, giving these palaces a chance to shine again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782361953485
Publisher: Jonglez Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 322,838
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matt Lambros is an architectural photographer who began photographing abandoned buildings over ten years ago. A graduate of Boston University’s digital imaging and photojournalism programmes, Lambros has since been documenting the decay of America’s abandoned theatres in the hope of shedding light on these forgotten buildings and the efforts to repurpose them. Part of raising awareness of these treasures is his involvement with various organisations that work to restore and reopen abandoned theatres in the United States. Lambros has donated time and photographs to support such organisations as the Friends of the Historic Variety Theatre, which in 2009 acquired the historic Variety Theatre, derelict since the late 1980s.
Recently, Lambros’ photography of the restoration of the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn has been featured in several publications, including New York Magazine, The Guardian and The New York Times. His work with Proctor’s Palace Theatre, Loew’s Majestic Theatre and the Paramount Theatre (among others) has been featured in art galleries around the world.
Examples of Mr. Lambros’ work can be viewed online at www.afterthefinalcurtain.net and www.mlambrosphotography.com.

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SchizanthusNerd 16 days ago
I’ve loved abandoned places photography since I first learned of its existence. Although I’ve enjoyed poring over photographs of many abandoned places, including castles, hospitals and amusement parks, this is the first book I’ve read that focuses exclusively on theatres. Featuring the history and photographs of twenty abandoned theatres, Matt Lambros took me on a journey through America. The theatres included in this book are located in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. My favourite photograph is from the interior of Loew’s Majestic Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There’s a haunting quality to this image, with its blend of light and shadow, and it makes me want to ascend those stairs to find out what’s beyond them. One thing I absolutely adored in this particular book is a feature I haven’t come across in other abandoned places photography books I’ve loved - images that highlight what a building looked like in its prime contrasted with ones that show its decay over time. Somehow being able to view the before and after side by side is both fascinating and even sadder than seeing the after in isolation. The passage of time has caused RKO Proctor’s Theatre in Newark, New Jersey to be almost unrecognisable when compared to its heyday. Then there’s Detroit, Michigan’s United Artists Theatre, whose Spanish Gothic interior had a creepiness to it even before time stripped away some of its shine. This is the theatre I most want to see in person. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jonglez Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book.