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Abandoned Theatres

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Documented here are abandoned theatres found throughout the United States. From small towns to large cities, these buildings were once places that housed a source of entertainment for their community. Why then would such places be abandoned and not even considered for renovation? Before the iPod, the television or even the Internet were around, theatres were major social gathering spots, so how could places such as these become so empty and lack any vitality? More images after the break.

With this being said, what can architects do to abandoned architecture? Is there hope that these places might once again be performance spaces? Is renovation the only option? Maybe architects could fix up the acoustics and its structural framework to turn it into a different kind of social gathering place. Well, needless to say, the possibilities are endless, but should architects respect its history and put a modern twist to its design? Let us know your thoughts. For a full list of all of the theatres documented, visit here.

Norwich, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut
Cite:Alison Furuto. "Abandoned Theatres" 23 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/128959/abandoned-theatres/>