Over the years, I’ve come across a number of vintage photographs while researching blog posts for After the Final Curtain. One resource is the Theatre Historical Society of America‘s American Theatre Architecture Archive. With their permission I was able to combine our photographs to create these “rephotographs” showcasing a glimpse of what I have seen over the years. The composite of these images illustrates the rise and fall of these buildings and the potential for what they could become again, if restored.
The before photograph of the RKO Keith’s Theatre was taken in 1955, and the after was taken in 2011, twenty-five years after the theater closed.
The before photograph of the Loew’s Kings Theatre was taken in 1929, and the after was taken in 2010, thirty-three years after it closed.
The before photograph of the RKO Hamilton Theatre was taken in the 1930s, and the after was taken in 2011, fifty-three years after the theater closed.
The before photograph of the Loew’s Palace Theatre was taken in the 1930s, and the after was taken in 2011, thirty-six years after the theater closed.
The before photograph of the Proctor’s Palace Theatre was taken in 1955, and the after was taken in 2010, forty-two years after the theater closed.
Limited Edition Prints of these images are available at http://www.mlambrosphotography.com/rephotographs
A portion of sales from this limited edition print run will benefit the Theatre Historical Society of America and support their mission to document and celebrate the history of America’s theatres. For more information — check out their website at www.historictheatres.org
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7 thoughts on “Theater RePhotographs”
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Very interesting concept. 😉
How tragically intriguing. These combinations make the loss even more heart-rending.
God those photos are romantic- and tragic of course. So many broken dreams.
I grew up watching movies there prior to opening to the public. I remember the reels would be delivered only when the projectionist was there to sign for them. The posters and pictures for the front . Clearly remember Star Wars, Purple rain etc. my Fsmily worked there. I would go when it was being cleaned to see movies and play with the packs man machine. My first romance was also my first date there. Those were magical days. The beauty that theater held and the mysteries behind the curtains. All the dressing rooms and forgotten bidding spaces. Creepy but amazing. Sad to see it was never restored.
Which theater are you talking about?