Whether you think they’re unsettling or fascinating, photos of abandoned places have a unique appeal.
From creepy mental institutions that were closed for malpractice to eerie abandoned theme parks, INSIDER has rounded up 35 of the coolest abandoned places around America and found the fascinating stories behind them.
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The Orpheum Theater — New Bedford, Massachusetts
The Orpheum Theater opened in 1912 with soaring ceilings built in the Beaux-Arts architectural style.
The massive space included a club, theater, a ballroom, a shooting range, a gymnasium, and retail space, according to After the Final Curtain. The theater was home to opera, theatrical, and vaudeville performances.
It closed for the first time in 1958, and was sold to various buyers over the years. Today, it remains abandoned and empty.
The Orpheum Rising Project Helpers aim to revitalize the building and restore it one day to its former glory.
Grossinger’s Catskills Resort — Liberty, New York
One of the most famous of the once-glamorous resorts in the Catskills is Grossinger’s, thought to be the inspiration for the movie, “Dirty Dancing.”
Founded in the 1910s, Grossinger’s quickly grew in popularity to become a haven for wealthy summer vacationers through the 1960s and 1970s.
But after financial difficulties, the hotel was sold in 1985, and after failing to stay afloat, shuttered permanently in 1986, a year before “Dirty Dancing” was released.
The current owner of the crumbling resort hopes to restore it someday soon.
Hudson River State Hospital —Poughkeepsie, New York
The Hudson River State hospital was once an impressively sprawling psychiatric hospital designed by the architects who created Central Park. The hospital remained in operation from 1871 until 2003, when it finally shut down after falling into disrepair.
At the time, the hospital was considered very progressive and offered a number of “modern” treatments for the mentally ill like electroshock therapy and lobotomies (mental health professionals later realized how inhumane these “treatments” actually were).
Although it is now a historic landmark, as designated by the state of New York, the entire complex is abandoned.