An unexpected discovery during my recent trip to France: a semi-abandoned sanatorium in the woods, featuring two nearly identical theaters on either end. The one shown here has obviously seen a lot of traffic since its closure; I’m told it has been hosting raves and secret performances for well over a decade. A little surprising, since the active part of the hospital complex is visible through the auditorium windows, but we all know a bit of guerrilla theater does wonders for one’s mental constitution. The concrete building from the 1930s seems pretty indestructible, although some visitors have clearly tried.
Fast Company has published a slideshow of “Captivating Photos of America’s Abandoned Theaters”. Also thanks to Design Taxi, BauNetz, Jared Leto, and Gizmodo for their nice coverage of the book!
Above: Auditorium seats at the since-demolished JFK School in New Orleans.