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Snapshot: Empress Theatre

November 11, 2013

Post 3 in the Snapshot Series  - Occasionally in my travels I come across a theater that I can’t find a lot of information on, or that I only have a chance to photograph for an hour or two. They’re still beautiful and fascinating, so they definitely have a place on After the Final Curtain

The remains of the Empress Theatre's proscenium arch.

The remains of the Empress Theatre’s proscenium arch.

The Empress Theatre opened in 1927 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 1,595 seat theater was built by architect Charles A. Sandblom, who is also known for the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan. Originally part of the Century Circuit, the theater became part of the RKO circuit in 1929.

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Loew’s State Theatre (State Palace Theatre)

October 16, 2013
View of the auditorium from the top balcony.

View of the auditorium from the top balcony.

The Loew’s State Theatre opened on April 3, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was built by renowned theater architect Thomas W. Lamb for the Loew’s Theatre Corporation. The 3,335 seat theater cost $1.5 million ($20 million adjusted to current value) to build. At the time of the opening, the “New Orleans Item” proclaimed the State, “the greatest playhouse south of Philadelphia and west of Chicago.”

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Snapshot: Metropolitan Opera House

September 18, 2013

Post 2 in the Snapshot Series  - Occasionally in my travels I come across a theater that I can’t find a lot of information on, or that I only have a chance to photograph for an hour or two. They’re still beautiful and fascinating, so they definitely have a place on After the Final Curtain.

View of the auditorium from the side of the upper balcony.

View of the auditorium from the side of the upper balcony.

Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House opened on November 17, 1908 as the Philadelphia Opera House. The 3,482 seat theater was built by architect William H. McElfatrick for Oscar Hammerstein, the grandfather of Oscar Hammerstein II, the famous musical theater lyricist. However, Hammerstein fell into debt and was forced to sell the opera house to one of his competitors, the Metropolitan Opera of New York City, after only two years.

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And Now for Something (kind of) Different

September 11, 2013
B&W Image from the Loew’s Collection, American Theatre Architecture Archive, Theatre Historical Society of America

B&W Image from the Loew’s Collection, American Theatre Architecture Archive, Theatre Historical Society of America

I’m currently working on something I’m very excited about, but can’t announce just yet. I still want to give you all a hint though! 

The photos in the triptych above are of the Loew’s Kings Theatre lobby when the theater was open, 30 years after it had been closed, and six months into the restoration.

Keep an eye out for more details soon!

 

 

 

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End of Summer Print Sale

September 3, 2013
Embassy Theatre Port Chester, NY

Embassy Theatre Port Chester, NY

Summer is coming to an end, and since I spent quite a bit of my summer photographing more theaters for After the Final Curtain, it’s time for another “From the Balcony” print sale. The following prints will be $10 – $25 dollars off from now until September 21. If you buy all five, you’ll receive an additional 10% discount!

Loew's State Theatre New Orleans, LA

Loew’s State Theatre New Orleans, LA

Prints are available in editions of five in the following sizes:

The available sizes are:

8″×12″ – $50.00

12″x18″ – $75.00

16″x24″ – $100.00

20″x30″ – $150.00

24″x36″ – $200.00

In addition all the images on the Prints page will be 25% off until September 21.

Images are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Supra paper.

Please e-mail me if interested. Payment is accepted via Paypal, Amazon Payments or credit card. Prints are shipped via USPS or FedEx.

Uptown Theatre Philadelphia, PA

Uptown Theatre Philadelphia, PA

Jayhawk Theatre, Topeka, KS

Jayhawk Theatre, Topeka, KS

Lyric Fine Arts Theatre Birmingham, AL

Lyric Fine Arts Theatre Birmingham, AL

The Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas

August 23, 2013
View of the auditorium from the balcony.

View of the auditorium from the balcony.

The Jayhawk Theatre opened in August of 1926 in Topeka, Kansas.  It was built by local architect Thomas W. Williamson, and designed by the Boller Brothers. The Boller Bros. were known for designing hundreds of theaters across the country, using the Jayhawk design as a prototype. In addition to the theater, the building contained a hotel and a commercial arcade that connected the two sections.

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Grand Theatre Steubenville, Ohio

July 22, 2013
All of the seats have been recently removed due to the upcoming restoration.

All of the seats have been recently removed due to the upcoming restoration.

The Grand Theatre building was built in 1885 by German immigrant Jacob Griesinger, Sr. in Steubenville, Ohio.  It originally housed a saloon, restaurant and livery stables. In 1924, the building was taken over by Charles, Edward, Howard and William Biggio. The four brothers had the stables torn down and constructed the Grand Theatre auditorium in its place.

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