Matt Lambros is an architectural photographer who began photographing abandoned buildings almost twenty years ago. A graduate of Boston University’s photography program, Lambros has since been documenting the decay of America’s abandoned theatres in the hope of shedding light on these forgotten buildings and the efforts to repurpose them. Part of raising awareness or these treasures is his involvement with various organizations that work to restore and reopen abandoned theatres in the United States. To that end Lambros has donated time and photographs to support such organizations as the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, who in 2009 acquired the historic Victory Theatre, derelict since 1979. Following its restoration, it will be returned by MIFA to its role as a live performance venue for the City of Holyoke.
Lambros’ abandoned theatre photography has been featured in publications around the world including The Guardian and The New York Times. His work with Proctor’s Palace Theatre, Loew’s Majestic Theatre and Loew’s Kings Theatre (among others) has been featured in art galleries around the world. His first book, After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater was published in late 2016. His second book, Kings Theatre: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre followed soon after in 2017. A longtime member of the Theatre Historical Society of America, Lambros joined the board of directors in 2017. He is currently working on a sequel to his first book which is due to be released in late 2019.