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Paramount Theater - March 2015

mookster

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I was originally going to post this in my 'mixed bag' thread coming up as I only got a few usable photos, but looking back on it it was such a memorable explore and so few people have done it I feel it deserves it's own place in the spotlight.

The Paramount Theater in Newark, New Jersey was opened on October 11th 1886 as H.C. Miners Newark Theater, a vaudeville house. After H.C. Miners death in 1900 his relatives took it over until it was sold in 1916 to Edward Spiegel, the owner of another nearby theatre. In 1917, Spiegel remodelled the theatre to it's current style and it closed on April 1st 1986. Until 2011 a retail store operated out of the lobby.

This is up there with the most treacherous, dangerous explores I have ever done. Because access during the daytime is stupid verging on impossible you have to do it after dark - and Newark itself after dark is dangerous enough! The entire theatre is falling apart spectacularly with the stairs down to lobby level pretty much impassable even when they weren't covered in ice like they were here. The snow on the roof was melting and the run off falling through into the colder auditorium and condensing creating a dense mist that ran through the whole cavernous space, which looked amazing but made taking photos even more difficult than it already was.

Stepping foot into the balcony level made my jaw drop as even though it looks how it looks, the space is still astonishing. I apologise in advance for the photo quality...I wish I had spent more time there but both of us I think felt a little uncomfortable as we saw a couple of unsavoury looking characters rattling around the access point right before we went in.

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Thanks for looking :p


 

skeleton key

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Youve done well there Mooks as its never easy to light up these vast dark areas and can be a bit of a mission with the best of torches.

Good to see the place :beer:

 
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That looks like it was once an amazing place! Nice one :)

 

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That's a bit special mate, would love to see this (y)

 
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