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Photo Workshops Update

September 10, 2014
View from the balcony of the Victory Theatre.

View from the balcony of the Victory Theatre.

Due to popular demand Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America and I have added another day to our photo workshop at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA. The new workshop will be on Saturday September 27th from 9AM – 1PM.

Tickets are available at the following link:

http://www.abandonedamerica.us/after-the-final-curtain1abandoned-america1

With your help we’ve raised over $1,700 for the Victory Theater’s preservation and maintenance!

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Road Trip 2014 Day 3

September 8, 2014
View of the auditorium from the main level.

View of the auditorium from the main level.

The Fox Theatre in Fullerton, CA opened in 1925. Designed by Raymond M. Kennedy, it was a sister theater to the Egyptian, and Chinese Theatres. The Fox closed in 1987, and was scheduled for demolition until a campaign to restore the building was launched in 2000.

Read more about the theater at: http://www.foxfullerton.org/w/

Road Trip 2014 Day 2

September 2, 2014
View from the rear of the Inglewood Fox auditorium.

View from the rear of the Inglewood Fox auditorium.

The Inglewood Fox Theatre opened on March 31, 1949. It closed in 1988, and was added to the National Historic Register in late 2012. For more info about the theater check out the Inglewood Fox Theatre Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inglewood-Fox-Theatre-Alliance/137338472943207

Road Trip 2014 Day 1

August 30, 2014

Hi Everyone – I’m on another road trip to photograph America’s abandoned theaters. This time I’m traveling up the west coast of the United States. Keep checking back over the next week for more updates!

View from the back of the auditorium.

View from the back of the auditorium.

The UC Theatre originally opened in 1917 in Berkeley, California. It closed in March 2001, and was designated a landmark the following year. Plans are underway to turn the theater in to a live music venue. For more information check out their website and facebook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/theuctheatre

http://www.theuctheatre.org/

 

© Matthew Lambros and After the Final Curtain, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Matthew Lambros and After the Final Curtain with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Photo Workshops

August 8, 2014
main floor, victory theatre

Sept 28 Photo Workshop #1 at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA

I’m excited to announce that on September 27 and 28 I’ll be partnering with photographer/founder of Abandoned America, Matthew Christopher for two photo workshops in Massachusetts.

Dates/Times:

September 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA

TBA at the Everett Square Theatre in Boston, MA

 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the following links:

Victory Theatre Workshop

 

September 27th Photo Workshop #1 at the Everett Square Theatre in Boston, MA

TBA Photo Workshop at the Everett Square Theatre in Boston, MA

Everett Square Theatre

August 5, 2014
View of the auditorium from the side of the balcony.

View of the auditorium from the side of the balcony.

The Everett Square Theatre opened in 1915 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It was designed by Boston architect Harry M. Ramsay for the Littlefield Trust, the original owner of the theater. The 798 seat theater cost $65,000 ($1.5 million in 2014 when adjusted for inflation) to build, and was part of the M&P Theatre circuit.

On May 17, 1936 two men were caught breaking into the theater, and were convicted based on the marks left in the door by their lock picking tools. The police used a new tool called mulage, a plastic substance that makes impressions, to collect the evidence that convicted them.

On May 17, 1936 two men were caught breaking into the theater, and were convicted based on the marks left in the door by their lock picking tools. The police used a new tool called mulage, a plastic substance that makes impressions, to collect the evidence that convicted them.

While the original building permits refer to the theater as a “moving picture house,” it also hosted vaudeville and live music during its early years. Famed vaudeville comedian Milton Berle played the theater on May 25, 1925, and signed his name backstage after he finished performing. In 1933, Everett Square, where the theater was located, was renamed Logan Square, and the following year the theater was renamed the Fairmount Theatre. By the mid-1940s the theater had discontinued the live performances and only showed motion pictures.  

A close up of the proscenium arch.

A close up of the proscenium arch.

The Everett Square reopened as the Nu Pixie Cinema on December 26, 1969. As the theater had less than a 1,000 seat maxi-cinema, but more than a 200 seat mini-cinema, the new owner described it as a “pixie” cinema, and named it such. It was renamed Premiere Performances in the early 1980s, which brought live shows back to the theater. In the mid 1980s it was used as an auction house before being abandoned.

A painting of characters from the Wizard of Oz adorns one of the auditorium walls.

A painting of characters from the Wizard of Oz adorns one of the auditorium walls.

The building was purchased in 1986 by a group of Hyde Park business owners who intended to restore and reopen it. They formed a group called Showtime Restoration Volunteers and mounted two efforts to raise the funds for restoration, but both attempts were unsuccessful. In 2008, Hyde Park Main Streets and Historic Boston Inc. took an interest in the theater. With the help of those organizations, the owners were able to get a $30,000 grant to replicate the original sign and restore the theater’s foyer. A full restoration is estimated to cost between $5 and $10 million.

 

The foyer was restored in 2011.

The foyer was restored in 2011.

The new sign is a replica of the original, and was lighted on Jan 6, 2011 as part of a celebration for the renovation of the foyer.

The new sign is a replica of the original, and was lighted on Jan 6, 2011 as part of a celebration for the renovation of the foyer.

Some equipment remains in the projection room.

The projectors are long gone but some equipment remains in the projection room.

View of the auditorium from the main level.

Showtime Restoration Volunteers cleaned up much of the interior of the theater by removing the old seats and the debris from the crumbling ceiling.

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A bomb threat was called in to the theater in April of 1962, but after the theater was cleared and searched by the police, it was proven to be a hoax.

A bomb threat was called in to the theater in April of 1962, but after the theater was cleared and searched by the police, it was proven to be a hoax.

© Matthew Lambros and After the Final Curtain, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Matthew Lambros and After the Final Curtain with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Russell Theatre

June 30, 2014
View of the auditorium from the balcony.

View of the auditorium from the balcony.

The Russell Theatre opened on December 4, 1930 in Maysville, Kentucky. Plans to build the theater were announced in 1929 by Col. J. Barbour Russell, a local businessman. Russell hired the architectural firm of Frankel and Curtis to design the theater. It was built on the site of a grocery warehouse owned by the Russell family at a cost of around $200,000. Russell envisioned the 700 seat theater as a grand movie palace, saying, “what the Roxy is to New York, the Russell will be to Maysville.”

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