There’s repurposed architecture all over New York City, from banks that have become grocery stores to a water tower becoming a speakeasy, but the most monumental transformations are definitely to be found among the city’s old cinema palaces.
Matt Lambros has gone into just about every abandoned theater within the New York City area and beyond to document the decay of these once-magnificent centers of spectacle for his project After the Final Curtain. This has included discovering that a bodega or furniture store actually had a whole vast theater hidden behind its storefront. “I think space is very limited in New York City, so reusing the existing space by putting up a wall or two is a much cheaper option than tearing it down and starting over again,” he explained to Hyperallergic about the necessity of repurposed architecture in New York. But it’s far from the only city to have morphed old theaters: “I have seen this kind of repurposing elsewhere, for example the Michigan Theatre in Detroit was turned into a parking garage and a lot of the original architecture was left intact. However, I think it’s a bit more common in New York City.”
Via Laura Brown