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Lansdowne Theater, Scott Frederick Photography, HDR, Urbex, Philadelphia, PA

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 10mm, f/8, ISO 400

The Lansdowne Theater was an incredible location to see and photograph. If you’d like to visit this location for yourself, you can give the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp. an email! There is a fee for access, but it will go toward the theater’s restoration!  My good bud Matty D. and I met up with another photographer named Kevin Brett of Soul Imagery and Traci. We quickly scattered throughout the building and I first headed to the backstage area to frame up this scene. I found myself bumping my ISO levels to 400 while bracketing in this dimly lit location, with little to no natural light inside! Thankfully the theater corp. had some utility lights running throughout the building, which provided a nice ambience. I wonder what this location must of been like before 1987 in it’s prime! I’m looking forward to seeing the progression of it’s restoration!

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December 6, 2011 - 7:26 am

Jim Denham - OK, the image is awesome, but you make 1987 sound like soooo long ago. IT’S NOT! Just kidding, great stuff and cool that you got access! Can’t wait to see more!

December 6, 2011 - 8:01 am

Dave DiCello - This is really cool work Scott, I like everything about it, from the warm tones to the lighting to the POV. Nicely done dude!

December 6, 2011 - 9:50 am

Edith Levy - Oh I love the theatre and I love awesome photography so perfect post Scott. I love this image.

December 6, 2011 - 10:30 am

Chris Frailey - Love the comp Scott.

December 6, 2011 - 10:56 am

Scott Mallinger - How much did they charge for access, if you don’t mind?

December 6, 2011 - 6:16 pm

A.Barlow - Nice lonely feel to this shot. Like the tones and browns in this.

December 7, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Toad Hollow Photography - Absolutely incredible Scott! I spent quite the amount of time soaking up all the textures and wonderful details here… you’ve delivered a truly mesmerizing shot here, my friend!

December 10, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Sarah Ria - Wow….Love this. I totally adore photographing abandoned places, but this location is wicked! Loving the texture…and those tones, great, so warm. Well done man! I would totally pay to visit there!

December 13, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Cody - This photograph is great. I really enjoy the natural yet not overly distorted lines that your lens produces in this. Many people say “oh dont take pictures of lines with a wide angle” but really it’s more natural to what our eyes see.

December 21, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Holly - I beleive the group trying to restore the theatre has a facebook page with more pictures of anyone who is interested.

December 21, 2011 - 4:05 pm

Matt Schultz - Thanks Scott for visiting The Lansdowne. Your photograph is wonderful and helps us to see the building from the perspective of a true artist.

Matt Schultz
Executive Director
Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation

December 21, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Matt Schultz - Thanks Scott for visiting The Lansdowne. Your photograph is wonderful and helps those of us who are working on saving the building to see the building from the perspective of a true artist.

December 21, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Holly - I believe the group trying to restore the theatre has a facebook page with more pictures for anyone who is interested.

December 21, 2011 - 4:59 pm

m - The Lansdowne was pretty glorious in it’s day. I grew up going to movies there – with a live organist playing before movies started. Your work is beautiful and thank you for sharing it with us all!

December 21, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Colleen - This picture is fantastic! Everything about it is perfect!!

December 21, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Bill Hamill - Had to share with FB. I, as well as “M”, grew up watching movies there. Don’t recall an organist before the movie, but I remember the organ in front of center stage. Just starting in photography and am looking forward to a trip back with my Canon. Thanks for sharing with us!

December 27, 2011 - 12:13 am

Kris Koeller - Very cool shot. Great use of HDR.

December 28, 2011 - 3:04 pm

thomas hamill jr - there is i very big door in the middle of the wall. not sure what it was for ? but like my brother bill i spent many a Saturday afternoon there but i do remember the guy that played the organ .he was amazing !!! being a kid that loves rock and roll when he came out and played [ show tones manly ] he made them sound magical . i am very happy to see that Matt has taken the time to rejuvenate the old gal. the cherry on the top of Lansdowne.i didn’t know it opened it’s doors in 1929 WOW i can’t wait to see it in all it’s former glory . keep up the good work MATT!!!!

January 13, 2012 - 6:13 pm

Rose M Fagan - Wonderful photograph with great detail. When I was a kid, the Saturday matinees were nine cents! A lovely old lady (the theater).

January 13, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Rose M Fagan - You should sell a print of this photo, to help defray costs for renovation. Just a thought.

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