Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Look At Your Own Risk

If you wish to momentarily retain your delusions about the state of the arts, avoid this collection of photos of 75 abandoned theaters from across the country. Even as the buildings' geography and architecture vary immensely, a consistent spirit prevails, as though they had all been felled by the same disease (which in fact they have). A few samples:

#55. East St. Louis, Missouri
(Notice the expansive sunlight. Walls and ceilings must have gaping holes)

#66. Hellertown, Pennsylvania

#52: New Bedford, Massachusetts

Bleak as these images are, they're also beautiful. Even in their dilapidated state, the theaters retain something of their majestic auras. O, how the ghosts of splendor linger!

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