MLMM Photo Challenge — The Last Picture Show

I remember movie theaters. Do you? They were auditoriums where people used to gather to see movies. They were very popular in the twentieth century and the first two decades of the twenty-first century. But in 2020 a deadly virus infected millions of people around the globe and, in order to combat the virus, people were ordered to stay at home.

Unfortunately, and despite the accelerated development of vaccines, the virus kept mutating and the variants eventually rendered the vaccines ineffective. That, in combination with the partisan politicization around methods to stop the virus’ spread, led to mass infections and millions of deaths.

Eventually, places like movie theaters and other public sites, remained empty, as the survivors avoided gathering in indoor venues with others in order to minimize their chances of getting infected by the highly contagious and lethal virus.

My grandfather, before he passed, told me of the tale when, in front of just a handful of individuals wearing their hazmat suits, the last remaining movie theater in the country fell before the wrecking ball. He took this photo just before the theater was demolished.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Jonny Joo, One Big Photo.

12 thoughts on “MLMM Photo Challenge — The Last Picture Show

  1. Marleen September 8, 2021 / 6:05 pm

    Interesting story. And some of them will likely be made into homes, multi-unit residences, or businesses other than involving movie showing, like many old churches or even warehouses or old schools or factories. Have you seen Bladerunner 4049 (from 2017)?

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    • Fandango September 8, 2021 / 10:36 pm

      No, I only saw the original Blade Runner.


  2. Carol anne September 8, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    Its a scary thought! But this could very well happen IMO!

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    • Fandango September 8, 2021 / 10:42 pm

      I hope it’s more science fiction than it is prescient.

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  3. Sadje September 8, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    This is a dismal scenario. I hope we can go to the theaters again one day.

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    • Fandango September 8, 2021 / 10:44 pm

      At this point, for me anyway, even if we can, I probably won’t.

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      • Sadje September 9, 2021 / 12:15 am

        Not now, but maybe in a years time!

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  4. Nope, Not Pam September 9, 2021 / 2:50 am

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that 🙁

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  5. robtkistner September 10, 2021 / 10:47 am

    Strong write. I went eith the same theme, but in poetic form.

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  6. leigha66 September 18, 2021 / 10:22 pm

    I am definitely afraid of theaters… but drive-ins could sure make a comeback!

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