“I find Matt’s photographs very powerful and very sad. These dream palaces had a brief heydey compared to the great cathedrals and castles of the middle ages, but they share the same sort of grandeur, even in decay. There’s a strange beauty here. ” – George RR Martin
“In a new book called After the Final Curtain, architectural photographer Matt Lambros has chronicled over 90 forgotten movie theatres across the US.” – BBC News
“Brooklyn-based photographer Matt Lambros has traveled the country capturing images of these once-grand, now-abandoned and weather-beaten theaters for nearly a decade. ” – Weather.com
“Matt Lambros provided the Daily News with the stunning pictures he shot during his 2011 tour.” – New York Daily News
“Luckily for the rest of us, photographer Matt Lambros got into the theater itself earlier this year and has posted some gorgeous photographs on his site After the Final Curtain.” – Gothamist
“Matt Lambros, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, photographer, traces his fascination with abandoned spaces to the influence of his grandmother, who would take him to visit abandoned barns when he was growing up in Beekman, N.Y., outside Poughkeepsie.” – New York Times
“Photographer Matt Lambros has been visiting the great abandoned movie theaters across our country for his documentary project After the Final Curtain. He shared his images from inside Brooklyn’s Kings Theater and the faded opulence is breathtaking.” – Gawker
“Gawker has posted a breathtaking gallery of shots from abandoned Brooklyn movie palace Kings Theater by Matt Lambros, a photographer who’s currently at work on a documentary about America’s ghost cinemas.” – Flavorwire
“Photographer Matt Lambros recently had the opportunity to check out the interior of the Shore Theater and the resulting photographs explain the hoopla.” – Huffington Post
“Lambros’ gorgeous photos imbue these now-hidden places with a shred of habitability…even if all the seats have been torn to shreds.” – Io9
“Urban Ghosts is delighted to announce the launch of photographer Matt Lambros’ stunning new website, After the Final Curtain, and accompanying blog. Collectively, Matt’s photographs rank among the most vivid and evocative images of abandoned theatres, hospitals and other deserted buildings, anywhere on the internet.” – Urban Ghosts Media
“What is it about abandoned places that draws our interest and opens our imaginations? An empty, disused building simply seems to beckon passers-by, tempting us to step inside and take a look at what happens to structures once humans leave them behind. Photographer Matt Lambros heeds that call, exploring and photographing these mysterious empty spaces. His incredible photographs express all of the history, loneliness and hope that are inherent in abandoned places.” – Weburbanist
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I just found your website today and I ordered your latest book. I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.
I am the head carpenter, IATSE Local 190 at a beautiful old lady designed by John Eberson, The Orpheum Theater in Wichita, Kansas. It was Eberson’s first attempt at the “Atmospheric Theater”.
The physical state of the theater is mixed. We are partially restored in that our lobby has been lovingly brought back to its 1922 original glory. The auditorium however rests in an unrestored state. The roof is tight at this time and water damage has been stopped from above. We are a working “hemp house” and have 22 line sets that have 4 working electrics. The original fire curtain still hangs in position, and has it’s original Andalusian garden scene painted on it. Our projection booth has 2 working carbon arc projectors from the 1940’s.
As the head carpenter in the facility I am continually awed by the amount of physical work that is required to keep these old theaters alive and working. And you haven’t lived until you are slinging 200 pound sandbags over an oak laminated pin rail to counterbalance a pipe full of modern moving lights.
Our local paranormal society does a “ghost tour” in the space and I’m told it’s a lot of fun. I will admit that when you are all alone in these glorious old places that have experienced all of the pathos that is the theater, there are those things that occur that can’t always be explained…and that’s the way it should be.
We are currently dark due to the covid situation. I hope and pray that we reopen.
A Great Big Thank You!! for what you are doing to highlight the plight of these wonderful old palaces.