Discovering The Abandoned Theatres Of America

Inside America’s Abandoned Theaters

The curtains have been called.

Whether it is to have a chilled-to-the-bone experience or to feel the passage of time, people have long been fascinated with architecture in decay. The obsession has even forged a genre of photographic exploration — ruin porn. Here, follow photographers into America's abandoned theaters for a glimpse of their haunted beauty. (Pictured: The Paramount Theatre in Newark, New Jersey, in 2010.)

MICHIGAN THEATRE, DETROIT Rainer Grosskopf MICHIGAN THEATRE, DETROIT

The celebrated theater once played host to a bevy of music icons such as Duke Ellington, David Bowie, and Aerosmith. Now it is partly used as a car park.

PARAMOUNT THEATER, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images PARAMOUNT THEATER, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.

The art deco-style theater opened in 1930 and was briefly converted into a nightclub and concert venue in the '70s before it was permanently shut down a decade later.

THE BOYD THEATRE, PHILADELPHIA Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE BOYD THEATRE, PHILADELPHIA Built in 1928, the famed Philly theater was demolished in 2015 to make way for new development, despite activists' years of efforts to preserve the structure. LOEW'S MAJESTIC THEATRE, BRIDGEPORT, CONN. Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images LOEW'S MAJESTIC THEATRE, BRIDGEPORT, CONN.

The Neo-Renaissance style structure was a popular venue at its opening in 1922, but only enjoyed five decades of glory, before closing in 1975.

THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, MARSHALL, TEXAS Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, MARSHALL, TEXAS

The Paramount Theatre is an atmospheric-style theater, the type of European-themed movie palaces popular in the U.S. in the 1920s. The space closed in the 1970s. The current owner tried to sell the building, albeit unsuccessfully, on eBay in 2007.

THE EMBASSY THEATRE, PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE EMBASSY THEATRE, PORT CHESTER, N.Y.

The place opened in 1926 and showed not only live performances but also movies. It was shut down by police in the '80s after operating as a dance club for teenagers.