Photographer Matt Lambros has been visiting the great abandoned movie theatres across the US for his documentary project After the Final Curtain. He shared his images from inside Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, and the faded opulence is breathtaking.
The theatre opened on Flatbush Ave in 1929 and was one of five “Loew’s Wonder Theaters” in New York. The attention paid to every detail of the facility, from the seats and screen to the woodwork in the passageways and in the halls, is still evident in these photos. The theatre closed in 1977 and has been abandoned ever since. But Lambros got a chance to photograph the theatre in its ruined state before it is restored to its former glory and reopened as a performing arts centre in 2014. There are more photos of the Kings Theater on Lambros’ site. [Image by Matt Lambros]