(Above: Ohio theatre, Ohio, 1980)

Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has spent over 30 years capturing cinema halls, exposing the shot for the length of the whole film. The black and white images are stunningly calm and peaceful and yet transcend a sense of eeriness.

The series began as a result of a visit of his to the Natural History Museum where he found himself asking: ‘Suppose you shoot a
whole movie in a single frame?’. The response being ‘a single white frame’.

The series includes cinema halls all over the US from the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York to a Drive-in in Union City.

You can discover more of his work here.

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall, New York, 1978

Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, 1993

Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, 1993

UA Walker theatre, New York, 1978

UA Walker theatre, New York, 1978

Union City Drive-in, 1993

Union City Drive-in, 1993

El Capitan

El Capitan, Hollywood, 1993

All photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto