After the Final Curtain: Abandoned Theatres
AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER MATT LAMBROS CREATES PHOTO EPITAPHS FOR ONCE PROSPERING BUILDINGS. HE SEARCHES FOR AND TAKES PICTURES OF THEATERS WHERE APPLAUSE WAS LAST HEARD A LONG TIME AGO.
For a long time I was just shooting abandoned shelters and hospitals but then I got tired of it. Those places depressed me. The idea of photographing abandoned theaters was a sudden insight when one day I was sitting with some friends in a movie theater. It just flashed through my mind, “There must be some god forsaken stages somewhere!” When I got home I started searching and after a while found the Royal Theatre in Brooklyn.
Now those theaters are an important part of my life. A large part of my life is now consecrated to searching for, studying, and photographing those places. So far I have photographed over 70 theaters and am not going to stop yet. What am I going to get by doing this? I want to raise interest and direct public attention to those amazing buildings. They are full of history and some of them can still be restored. I sincerely hope that my efforts will help to save at least one theater.