From the NY Times:
Over the past year and a half, Mr. Lambros has photographed 20 abandoned theaters in the Northeast, and has plans to visit others farther afield. Two of his subjects are in New York City: the Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush, Brooklyn, which is being restored, and the RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing, Queens, which is scheduled to be transformed into something else entirely: a $160 million complex with apartments, retail space, a senior center and parking. (The theater’s landmark lobby will be preserved.)
In the meantime, the Flushing theater is a particularly poignant example of Mr. Lambros’s work, which he calls “After the Final Curtain.”
“It’s this big, giant empty space in the middle of a busy city,” he said. “That one, more than any other one, is incredibly sad, because of the way it’s fallen apart over the years. The ceilings have collapsed, and there’s all this gorgeous architecture that’s been ruined due to water damage.”
The photographs in the slide show above were taken during six or seven visits to the theater. It is pitch black inside, Mr. Lambros said; he used a combination of a hand-held lantern, a wireless camera flash and long exposures to illuminate the imagery.