Curtin call! Spectacular silent film-era theatre abandoned and perfectly preserved in the 1920’s

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Eerie photographs show a spectacular silent film-era theatre abandoned four decades ago but perfectly persevered in the 1920s.

Despite the curtain call ending many decades ago for this old theatre and hotel in Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA, it appears to have barely aged a day.

Huge chandeliers, film projectors and the original cinema seats lie unfazed, despite remaining closed for over 40 years.

The largest theatre in Connecticut, with more than 3,600 seats, it opened in 1922 and held Vaudeville performances and screen silent films.

But after failing to compete with television, the cinema closed its doors in 1975, after being used to air adult movies.

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Photographer Bob Thissen, 31, said: “It closed four decades ago, but it’s still in remarkably good condition after all these years of abandonment.

“The combination of architecture, materials and decoration like the fresco’s make it look really stylish and luxurious.

“There are two theatres and one hotel under one roof in this huge building.

“You are stepping back in time and feel totally secluded from the outside world once you’re in there.

“The Poli Palace still has everything inside like huge chandlers, projectors and all cinema seats, it’s really impressive to see.

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“Also the size is immense, we don’t have this size of abandoned theatres in Europe.

“It’s by far the coolest abandoned theatre I’ve seen in my life.

“It’s a shame such buildings were unable to cope with the modernization of cinema and the arrival of the TV and were forced to close.”

The location holds three different venues, the Loew’s Poli Theatre, Loew’s Majestic Theatre and the Savoy hotel, all under the same roof.

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Bob said: “It was freezing outside, but it was even more chilly inside.

“It was cold, humid and had a strong smell of fungus, but I didn’t care because I was excited to be there.

“In contrast to many other cinema’s every single room was amazing to explore, taking pictures was pretty hard due darkness or dominant spotlights, only some of the lights are still working.”

Bob from Heerlen, in the Netherlands, travels around the world documenting abandoned buildings and locations for the unusual activity called Urbexing.

To see more of his work visit: www.bobthissen.com