A content creator has shown the heyday of pre-pandemic film in a particularly unique way.
The explorer, known as Decaying Midwest, regularly explores abandoned buildings on TikTok, and recently revealed the spooky findings inside an old and decaying cinema which was once loved by the public.
In a recent clip, which racked up over three million views and 208,000 likes, he gave his 1.1 million followers a peek inside the ‘rotting’ movie theatre, which closed its doors in 2020.
He pans the entrance, which looks just as it did nearly four years ago, before revealing a rusted drinks machine, rubbish on the floor and old candy stands.
In the theatre’s forgotten-in-time screens, eerily abandoned seats and dark lighting creates an ominous atmosphere, while another room is packed with boxes of sweets which were due to be sold.
Over 30 bags of popcorn kernels, one of which had broken over the floor, can also be spotted, along with arcade games and prizes.
Lastly, he shows a movie poster for the film The Invisible Man, which was the last showing before the cinema shut for good amid worldwide lockdowns.
‘The movie theatre felt like it was frozen in time,’ said the content creator, from Chicago, Illinois, US.
‘The golden lenses and popcorn still left behind.
‘It was a victim of the 2020 pandemic and sadly, it never recovered.’
Users flocked to the comments to share their reactions, with many people left intrigued by the time capsule building.
Rachel commented: ‘The snacks probs aren’t even expired,’ while Sly said the video, ‘Literally takes you to a time period of whatever movie posters are inside.’
Sydney added: ‘I hope there’s a historian somewhere out there documenting everything we lost in the pandemic.’
Some couldn’t believe the cinema had only been closed for three years, including Beth who wrote, ‘The mould on all the chairs,’ and Nechiyah who said: ‘Wow this is crazy.’
Others lamented the loss of iconic structures during the pandemic, like Tigu who said: ‘This makes me sad.’
There’s a certain creepy nostalgia that comes from abandoned buildings, and tours of long-forgotten places have become popular on social media in recent years.
Simon Sugden, who documents urban decay online, said of his work: ‘It is a real privilege to be able to go to these places and record them.’
Explorers have also offered glimpses inside hospitals and schools left at the mercy of time, showing everything from MRI machines to books that have remained untouched for decades.
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