Atlanta Photographer Documents Historic Theaters In Their ‘Second Act’

Credit Myrtie Cope

When you see her work, it makes sense that Atlanta photographer Myrtie Cope received a degree in interior design. Her current photography project focuses on some of the most ornate interiors of the Southeast: historic theaters.

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She’s presenting some of that work in an exhibit featuring the Fox here in Atlanta and the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

“Most of these theaters were built in a time that were more elaborate, had more style and more detail and very architecturally significant,” said Cope in an interview with WABE’s Lois Reitzes.

Cope noticed a trend that many theaters had a similar history to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The theaters had to be either saved or revitalized after years of neglect and disrepair but are now thriving art centers. They are in their second act, which she ended naming her upcoming exhibit.

Second Act” opens tonight at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery at the Tula Arts Center. The reception starts at 6.

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