Beautifully Designed Movie Theaters in Golden California

The Fox Theater I, Oakland
New York-based French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to California to spotlight the most amazing movie theaters, big and small, as an homage to the history of film in his series titled Cinema. He captures the grandiose scale of some exquisitely designed theaters as well as the compact, intimate setting of a few indie film houses. In either case, there's something attractive about the architecture and inexplicably significant about the rooms in which strangers gather for a shared experience.

Bohbot's photo series is as much about the architecture of each venue as it is about the actual event of people entering these mini arenas, awaiting entertainment. The emptiness of the theaters allow the viewer to take in the symmetry and silence of each space, while admiring everything around the blank screen. Without a movie projecting in front of a crowd, one is able to appreciate the intricate details of each location and the draw of going to a movie theater for a viewing, rather than watching something on their computer or mobile device.

The Paramount Theatre I, Oakland, California

The Paramount Theatre II, Oakland, California

The Paramount Theatre Lobby I, Oakland, California

The Grand Lake Theatre II, Oakland, California

Egyptian Theater, American Cinematheque, Los Angele

Alameda Theater I, Alameda, California

The Grand Lake Theater I, Oakland

The Paramount, Lobby II, Oakland

Orinda Theatre, Lobby, Orinda

Orinda II, California

The Four Star Theatre II, San Francisco

The Crest Westwood I, Los Angeles

Brava Theatre, San Francisco

Orinda Theatre I, Orinda

The Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Alameda Theater, Lobby I, Alameda

Franck Bohbot website
Franck Bohbot on Behance


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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