Preservation of the great Movie Palaces is generally considered a noble but foolish endeavour. There are always a few small voices saying how much history is being lost, and then there’s the howl of progress.
When looking at these pictures though, it’s easy to see what the preservationists are saying. To this day, these palaces are still jaw dropping sites. At least I’m a sucker for these types of things.
Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre are two photographers that found that their style of photography was so similar, they’d start shooting with the same camera. They documented what the NYT aptly called “Tattered Palaces”.
Their Ruins of Detroit is another fascinating and sobering set.
Of course, there are quite a few palaces left, expecially here in LA. And for those suckers like me, there’s Last Remaining Seats, which is going on right now. Take a look.