After the Final Curtain: Images that show the fall of the American movie theatre

There's nothing remarkable about a cinema today, but that wasn't always the case. When the great American movie palaces opened in the early 20th century, they were some of the most lavish, stunning buildings anyone had ever seen.

With the advent of television, theatre companies found it harder and harder to keep them open. Some were demolished, some were converted, and some remain derelict to this day.

After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theatre is a series by New York photographer Matt Lambros that will take you through 24 of these magnificent buildings showing what beauty remains years after the last ticket was sold. Now available in a beautiful book to purchase and treasure, courtesy of Jonglez Publishing.

Speaking of his ongoing project, Matt said: "Abandoned architecture has fascinated me since I was five years old. My grandmother used to take my brother and I in to investigate any old barn she happened to drive past. She was curious about what was left behind, and her inquisitive nature made a lasting impression on me.

"I’ve spent ten years composing photographic obituaries for once-thriving buildings that are now crumbled and forgotten. My hope for my work is that it will shine light on beautiful, dated architecture and on the equal yet sinister beauty in decay."

Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Matt Lambros


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