Broadway avenue in downtown Los Angeles holds an extraordinary collection of twelve once-luxurious and now abandoned film-palaces, built between 1910 and 1931. In most cities worldwide, such a concentration of cinemas would have been demolished long ago - here however the buildings have survived the end of film-projection intact, some of their interiors ruined and gutted, others transformed and re-used as churches, nightclubs and storage spaces. Stephen Barber's Abandoned Images: Film and Film's End begins with an exploration of these remarkable derelicts, and broadens to ask questions about the abandonment of film itself.
Stephen Barber is Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, London. His many books include The Art of Destruction: The Films of the Vienna Action Group (2004) and Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space (Reaktion, 2002).