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.