Movie theaters used to be glamorous places, like music halls or opera houses. The spectacle of the movie-going experience extended out into the actual look and feel of the cinema. But many of these ornate old movie theaters have fallen into disrepair, and look like gorgeous disaster areas.
The Hulme Hippodrome but known as the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall and Second Manchester Repertory Theatre as well (1901-1960s)
After its closure as a theatre, it was used as a bingo hall from the mid-1970s to 1986.
The 4,038-seat theatre with extravagant details was built in 1925 with the 13-story Michigan Building office tower on the site of the small garage where Henry Ford built his quadricycle. As a movie theatre it closed in 1967, but reopened two times until 1971. It was transformed to a club in 1972 and a concert venue in 1973, but the place finally closed in 1976. It's been a parking garage since then.
Closed after the local US Steel plant went into decline.
The 2,500-seat theatre designed by V.J. Waier & Company and opened in 1930 operated as a cinema until the mid-1960s. From 1969 to the early 1970s it was a famous concert venue, where the Doors, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead and Alice Cooper played, among others. Later the building was used as a jazz venue, an adult film theatre (called the Showcase), a rave party venue, and a church.
Paramount Theater (formerly H. C. Miner's Newark Theater, a vaudeville house), Newark, New Jersey (1886-1986)
It was reopened as a casino in 1963, and many other alterations were made to the building until 2008, but the upper circle is untouched since the last screening.
(via Phill. D)