Preservation Through Photography
Back in 2014, I was sitting in Robbinsdale looking at the Terrace Theatre. I had worked at the Terrace for three years in the early/mid 90's. It was where I met and worked alongside my future wife, it is where our son took some of his first steps, and it was without a doubt my favorite job I have ever had. The Terrace held many special memories for myself and my family.
As I looked at the theater, closed since 1998, I came to a saddening realization: This place which literally laid the groundwork for my life, this place that was so important to me, only existed in my memory and the memories of those who visited it during its nearly 50 years of operation. While scouring the internet, I learned that there are very few photographs of the Terrace from when it was open. There are even fewer photos of the days when I worked there. At the time, I was only aware of four.
It made me wonder: With so many of these classic theaters having closed over the years, how many of them have been lost to the ages because nobody thought to simply snap a photograph, or because the photographs that were taken have been lost to time?
During the summer of 2014, my wife and I set out on a journey. We began traveling across Minnesota, photographing classic cinemas. As our travels have taken us across the country, we expanded our mission to include theaters throughout the United States. It is our hope to try to help preserve these theaters any way we can. Sometimes, we are only able to snap a few photos of the exteriors. Sometimes, I am able to talk my way into the lobbies and auditoriums. I've even been able to schedule times to shoot some of them before the theater opens, with the owners graciously giving me free reign of these wonderful movie houses.
Thank you for checking out our site. As we continue to travel across the country, we will continue to add more and more theaters to the website. It is our hope that, by doing what we can, we can help to provide people with the ability to visit these theaters, whether they are still open or not.
Thanks for visiting
David and Alysia Leonhardt