Surreal photos show the afterlives of America’s once-great movie theaters – The Washington Post

The Fox Theater in Inglewood, Ca., which opened as movie house in 1949 and served as a main site for Hollywood Premieres during the 1950s with stars such as Marilyn Monroe and the Three Stooges. Closed in 1984. Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre.

The Fox Theater in Inglewood, Ca., which opened as movie house in 1949 and served as a main site for Hollywood Premieres during the 1950s with stars such as Marilyn Monroe and the Three Stooges. Closed in 1984. Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre.

Most movie theaters today look the same wherever you are in America; the same mass produced interiors, annoying pre-movie commercials, and paper-thin walls that do little to dampen the noise from the action movie next door.It’s a big change since the early 20th Century, the heyday of the movie theater in the U.S., when movie studios and entertainment companies commissioned famous architects to design grand theater buildings. These theaters were a center of community life — and, for a long time, one of the few places with air conditioning.

Source: Surreal photos show the afterlives of America’s once-great movie theaters – The Washington Post

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