Final curtain: Haunting images of abandoned theaters across the U.S.

A photographer with a passion for decaying buildings has captured a hauntingly beautiful series of images from theaters crumbling across the U.S. after the final curtain has fallen. Matt Lambros, a photographer from Brooklyn, N.Y., began creating his series of images of abandoned theaters across America in 2009.

The eerie but stunning photos show the dilapidated buildings, decaying paint and crumbling architecture — and it’s hard to believe these venues were once places of glamour and grandeur. (Caters News)

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Proctors Palace, Newark, N.J.

A photographer with a passion for decaying buildings has captured a hauntingly beautiful series of images of theaters across the U.S. crumbling after the final curtain has fallen. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Kenosha Theatre, Kenosha, Wis.

Matt Lambros, a photographer from Brooklyn, N.Y., began creating his series of beautiful images depicting abandoned theaters across America in 2009. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Shore Theatre, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The eerie but stunning pictures show the dilapidated buildings, decaying paintwork, and crumbling architecture. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

It’s hard to believe these were once places of glamour and grandeur. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Embassy Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.

Photographer Matt Lambros says that most of the theaters he visited were originally part of asylums, but he says he never saw the venues as dark or sinister. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Lyric Theatre, Birmingham, Ala.

In fact, photographer Matt Lambros said, “The theaters were always my favorite part of the building.” (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Lyric Theatre, Birmingham, Ala.

Photographer Matt Lambros said the buildings are filled with history that needs to be remembered. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Paramount Theater, Marshall, Texas

Photographer Matt Lambros noted that some theaters — including as the Prospect Theatre in Brooklyn — have famous connections, and they include comedian Ted Healy, who performed his stage show “The Three Stooges” there. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Paramount Theater, Marshall, Texas

From a young age, Matt Lambros had a habit of sneaking into abandoned buildings. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Uptown Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

But Lambros says it never occurred to him to document the theaters until recently. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Colonial Theatre, Augusta, Maine

Lambros also says that many people are surprised by his photographs, and don’t even know these theaters exist. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Colonial Theatre, Augusta, Maine

“I get a lot of emails from people who walk by one of these theaters on a daily basis, but didn’t realize anything was left,” Lambros said. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Fox Theatre, Inglewood, Calif.

The photographer struggles to pick his favorite; he says he has captured more than 100 images of decaying theaters. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Studebaker Theatre, Chicago, Ill.

Lambros does say: “If I had to choose one, it would be the before and after restoration series of the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.” (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Fox Theatre, Inglewood, Calif.

He added: “Seeing theaters in a state of disrepair is sad — and this will sound weird, but I like the way buildings decay.” (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Paramount, Newark, N.J.

Lambros is also keen to help get the old theaters restored to their original states. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Embassy Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing one of the places I’ve photographed restored and reused,” he said. “I try to work with organizations that are trying to restore theatres whenever I can.” (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Carolina Theatre, Charlotte, N.C.

For decades, the 28,000-square-foot Carolina Theatre was a major venue, offering silent and then sound movies and vaudeville acts. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)

Paramount, Newark, N.J.

Originally known as H.C. Miner’s Newark Theater when it opened on Market Street in 1886, the opulent venue has remained eerily silent for almost 30 years. It may be on track for redevelopment as part of an ambitious plan to revitalize downtown Newark. (Photo: Matt Lambros/Caters News)