After the Final Curtain: America’s Abandoned Theaters.

My third book is coming out this fall! After the Final Curtain: America’s Abandoned Theaters will feature 20 different theaters across the United States, including six exclusive ones, and a foreword written by Tim League, the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain.

If you pre-order it via my site you will get a signed copy with a ticket stub and a 5×7 print of one of the theaters in the book. It should ship around the first week in November.

Pre-Order Link

The streets of small towns and cities across America were filled with the lights and sounds of movie theaters in the early 20th Century. The most opulent were known as “movie palaces,” which were designed to make their patrons feel like royalty; people would dress up to visit. But as time went on, it became harder and harder to fill the 2,000+ seat theaters, and many were forced to close.

Today, these palaces are illuminated only by the flicker of dying lights, and the sound of water dripping from holes in the ceiling echoes through the auditoriums. In “After the Final Curtain: America’s Abandoned Theaters,” internationally-renowned photographer Matt Lambros continues his travels across the United States, documenting these once-elegant buildings. From the supposedly haunted Pacific Warner Theatre in Los Angeles to the Orpheum Theatre in New Bedford, MA, which opened the same day the Titanic sank, Lambros pulls back the curtain to reveal what is left, giving these palaces a chance to shine again.

It’s also available to order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound or your local bookstore.


Cover for After the Final Curtain; the Fall of the American Movie Theatre.

Cover for After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater.

My first book, After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater was published by Jonglez Publishing on November 15, 2016. The book features 22 theaters located across the United States, including some never released online.

It can be ordered at the following retailers:

Barnes and Noble






Signed copies can be purchased at my website.

Cover of Kings Theatre; Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn's Wonder Theatre.

Cover of Kings Theatre; Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre.

My second book, Kings Theatre, The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre, covers the entire history of the Loew’s Kings Theatre from its original construction its reopening in February 2015. It was published by the Theatre Historical Society of America on January 2, 2017.

Signed copies can be ordered via my website. It is also available on Amazon. 


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  28. Dear Matt,
    Thank you for all the great information about the old Ritz. I am thinking about writing my memoirs on WordPress. I am 80 this year and remember very fondly going to the Ritz in the late 1940s and early 1950s on Saturday afternoon to see a double feature with a continuing show, week to week, unally about Superman or the Lone Ranger. I think that it cost .25 cents. We lived up on the HIll, on Railroad Avenue, now Industrial Drive. I never realized that the Ritz was so big and such a work of art. I just took if for granted that all movie houses were like that.

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  33. Can you tell me if the Grand Theatre in Stubenville, Ohio was for a short time a “Revival Center” as they were called in the 50’s and early 60’s.? Evangelists would rent them and hold revivals for a few days or weeks. I am positive this is the theatre that my parents held a revival for a week. It scared me in there as a little girl as a very bad occurrence happened to me and my little brother before the service one night. Please, if you can let me know!!!
    Thank you!

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