At the blog After The Final Curtain, photographer Matt Lambros documents some of the most majestically collapsing theaters across the United States.
Despite the fact that many of these post-apocalyptic auditoriums have been vacant for decades, Lambros' gorgeous photos imbue these now-hidden places with a shred of habitability...even if all the seats have been torn to shreds.
If you need a place to reenact the musical number from Escape from New York, any of these destinations will do. Lambros is updating the site constantly, so be sure to mosey on over to After The Final Curtain for many a breathtaking shot. Here's his rundown on the Center Theater of Woodbourne, New York (above):
The Center Theatre is an art deco theater that was designed by architect Abraham H. Okun and built in 1938 [...] The theater fell victim to the decline of the Borscht Belt and closed in the 1980′s. In 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. There were plans to renovate the theater in the mid 2000′s, but there has been no additional work done since 2005.
The Paramount Theater in Newark, NJ:
The Paramount Theatre opened on October 11, 1886 as H.C. Miner's Newark Theatre. It was originally a vaudeville house managed by Hyde & Behman Amusement Co., a Brooklyn based theater Management Company [...] The Paramount Theatre closed March 31, 1986 due to an increase in insurance rates. This increase also led to the closing of the nearby Adams Theatre. In the years since the 1986 closing the lobby area has been reused as an Army/Navy surplus store and other similar pop-up retail stores.
The Paramount Theater.
The Adams Theater in Newark, NJ.
The Palace Theatre opened on November 26, 1925 in Gary, Indiana. [...]In 2002, Donald Trump had the marquee restored and the words "Jackson Five Tonight" placed on it as tribute to the band's hometown. The letters have since fallen off. In the years since the marquee restoration many have tried – without success – to restore and reopen the Palace.
The RKO Keith's Theatre in Flushing, Queens, which has been vacant for approximately 25 years:
The RKO Keith's Theatre, originally called the Keith-Albee Theatre, opened Christmas Day, 1928 at 1:00 PM [...]The Keith's was designed in the Spanish Baroque Revival style and had 2974 seats. The ceiling was painted a deep blue so that clouds seemed to move across the ceiling, making it look like clouds floating across the night sky.
The RKO Keith's Theatre in Flushing, Queens.
RKO Proctor's Theatre in Newark.