It's been said theaters are the cathedrals of our time. That may have been true once but no more. Yves Marchand Romain Meffre Photography has a look at theaters that have seen better days. If you love movies and theaters like I do, this will break your heart.
In the early 20th century, following the development of the entertainment industry,
hundreds of auditoriums were built everywhere in North America.
Major entertainment firms and movie studios commissioned specialized architects
to build grandiose and extravagant theaters.
From the 60's, TV, multiplexes and urban crisis made them becoming obsolete.
During the following decades, when they were not modernized or transformed into adult cinemas, they closed one after the other and many of them were simply demolished.
Those which remain forgotten, escaping from this fate, were converted to varied purposes.
Now, many are reused as churches, retail, flea markets, bingo halls, discos,
supermarkets or warehouses. Some others just sit abandoned.