Last minute, before I went to the Mustard Plug show, I was asked if I wanted to head to New York to see my first abandoned theatre. With plenty of time to spare, I wholeheartedly said yes! Little did I know, my time would be cut short because crossing over to Staten Island became a problem with a bridge closed. I did make it to the theatre, but my hopes of getting exterior shots and on roof shots were, well, shot. It was already pretty dark and I didn’t have much time since I had to travel to Long Branch, NJ.
Making my way into the theatre was a rush. I never been in an abandoned theatre, let alone any abandoned place when it is dark out. I rather go in during the day to see better. With no natural light, the theatre was pitch black. Using some flashlights to see and other lights to take pictures was my first time at this technique. Due to time, not knowing exactly what I was doing, and not knowing what I was looking at, I only took a few photographs.
When I finally got home to edit, I wish I spent more time in the theatre. Like other theatres, this one is just magnificent. The time and detail that went into building this theatre can’t be found in architecture today I feel. Built around the 1920’s, the Paramount started as a movie theatre, then with the changing times turned into a dance/music venue. Which I may add, had some pretty big names come through. The main floor has no seats anymore, but I could only image what this placed looked like in its prime. From my research it seems the theatre is for sale, but will need a lot of money for renovations. I personally hope something happens with this theatre in the most positive way. Even though I have no attachment to this theatre growing up, I do now and I hope I can see it one more time.