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Haunting beauty of abandoned churches and auditoriums across America is captured in stunning photographs

These stunning images have captured the opulent remnants of eerie abandoned churches and auditoriums across America.
Photographer Lucas Mackin, 25, regularly travels through New England from his home in Connecticut in search of once-grand buildings now left to decay.
He has pictured hospitals, churches and theatres to capture the haunting beauty of buildings that now feature broken windows, mould, and layers of dust.
Large auditoriums' expanse of vacant seats and worn out upholstery have been captured by his lens. In one image a brown teddy bear was left propped up on the stage. 
Mr Mackin said: 'I find it very interesting that such beautiful structures which took a lot of time and money to build just end up being locked and left behind, with no attempts of saving them.
Photographer Lucas Mackin, 25, regularly travels across New England from his home in Connecticut in search of once-grand buildings now left to decay. Pictured, an abandoned church had been gutted of its pews and altar. An aisle can still be made out through the centre of the buildings and debris is littered where the vicar once stood. Despite the state of disrepair, an ornate ceiling and stunning stained glass remain untouched
Photographer Lucas Mackin, 25, regularly travels across New England from his home in Connecticut in search of once-grand buildings now left to decay. Pictured, an abandoned church had been gutted of its pews and altar. An aisle can still be made out through the centre of the buildings and debris is littered where the vicar once stood. Despite the state of disrepair, an ornate ceiling and stunning stained glass remain untouched 
In another image an organ has been left with its music book still balanced on the stand, as if the organist has only just left and will soon return to finish playing. Debris and dust covers the ivory keys. In the rest of the church the pews have been moved to the edge of the room
In another image an organ has been left with its music book still balanced on the stand, as if the organist has only just left and will soon return to finish playing. Debris and dust covers the ivory keys. In the rest of the church the pews have been moved to the edge of the room
Mr Mackin has pictured hospitals, churches and theatres to capture the haunting beauty of buildings that now feature broken windows and layers of dust. This auditorium has been left to stand exactly how it was in its heyday with a piano still in the corner of the stage. The balconies are still beautifully decorated and there's a stunning design around the arch over the stage
Mr Mackin has pictured hospitals, churches and theatres to capture the haunting beauty of buildings that now feature broken windows and layers of dust. This auditorium has been left to stand exactly how it was in its heyday with a piano still in the corner of the stage. The balconies are still beautifully decorated and there's a stunning design around the arch over the stage
'There is no architecture similar to these genres of buildings, and it does show that there is a lack of theatre and religion in modern days. They just do not make these buildings like they used to.'
Images show ornately decorated ceilings, grand carpeted staircases and incredible stained-glass windows.

Some buildings were left in better conditions than others, as one image shows a church aisle cluttered with furniture and trash. 
Images show ornately decorated ceilings, grand carpeted staircases and incredible stained-glass windows. This auditorium entrance hall features black and white tiles with marbled walls and sconces on the walls for lighting. Huge windows allow daylight to stream into the room during the day and the carpet appears to still be in pristine condition.
Images show ornately decorated ceilings, grand carpeted staircases and incredible stained-glass windows. This auditorium entrance hall features black and white tiles with marbled walls and sconces on the walls for lighting. Huge windows allow daylight to stream into the room during the day and the carpet appears to still be in pristine condition.
In one image a brown teddy bear with red love hearts on its paws and a red nose was left propped up on the stage, potentially left over from the final performance at the theatre. Mr Mackin said his favourite thing about exploring abandoned buildings was the history he didn't know
In one image a brown teddy bear with red love hearts on its paws and a red nose was left propped up on the stage, potentially left over from the final performance at the theatre. Mr Mackin said his favourite thing about exploring abandoned buildings was the history he didn't know
Some buildings were left in better conditions than others, as one image shows a church aisle cluttered with furniture and trash. This church appeared to have become a spot for fly-tipping. Sofas, old suitcases, clothes and draws have been abandoned along with the building. Yet incredibly beautiful stained-glass windows remain mostly intact
Some buildings were left in better conditions than others, as one image shows a church aisle cluttered with furniture and trash. This church appeared to have become a spot for fly-tipping. Sofas, old suitcases, clothes and draws have been abandoned along with the building. Yet incredibly beautiful stained-glass windows remain mostly intact
Statues of angels overlook a large mess littering the floor where the altar once stood. Leftover scaffolding has been left to the side of the church, meaning work to repair the structure could be ongoing. While the floor has been left in a mess, there are still beautiful details on the wall to the right
Statues of angels overlook a large mess littering the floor where the altar once stood. Leftover scaffolding has been left to the side of the church, meaning work to repair the structure could be ongoing. While the floor has been left in a mess, there are still beautiful details on the wall to the right
Palace and Majestic Theater in Bridgeport CT is currently under renovation. The circular gold ceiling design offers a glimpse into the opulence of the building at the time when performances were still held there and a murel can be seen on the wall to the left of the photograph. The chandelier still hangs down from the centre of the ceiling, just as it did in the theatre's heyday
Palace and Majestic Theater in Bridgeport CT is currently under renovation. The circular gold ceiling design offers a glimpse into the opulence of the building at the time when performances were still held there and a murel can be seen on the wall to the left of the photograph. The chandelier still hangs down from the centre of the ceiling, just as it did in the theatre's heyday
This church has been gutted of its furniture but the building itself appears to be in a good condition. The walls are still painted a bright white and other than a bit of debris on the ground there doesn't appear to be a large amount of dust or dirt on the organ that sits on the balcony
This church has been gutted of its furniture but the building itself appears to be in a good condition. The walls are still painted a bright white and other than a bit of debris on the ground there doesn't appear to be a large amount of dust or dirt on the organ that sits on the balcony
Mr Mackin's photographs capture the large auditorium's sheer size. He usually works as a real estate photographer so can frame the lighting in a way to achieve the best images. This picture shows the number of seats in the theatre, showing how popular going to the theatre used to be in the US. Pictured, the Orpheum Theater in New Bledford Mass
Mr Mackin's photographs capture the large auditorium's sheer size. He usually works as a real estate photographer so can frame the lighting in a way to achieve the best images. This picture shows the number of seats in the theatre, showing how popular going to the theatre used to be in the US. Pictured, the Orpheum Theater in New Bledford Mass
This circular-shaped auditorium has clearly been visited by others before Mr Mackin. Elaborate spray painting was left on the wall behind the stage, which appears to be in a state of disrepair. By contrast, the seating area seems to be in a good condition but the chairs themselves have been removed
This circular-shaped auditorium has clearly been visited by others before Mr Mackin. Elaborate spray painting was left on the wall behind the stage, which appears to be in a state of disrepair. By contrast, the seating area seems to be in a good condition but the chairs themselves have been removed
In another image an organ has been left with its music book still balanced on the stand, as if the organist has only just left and will soon return to finish playing.
Mr Mackin's passion for photographing abandoned places developed after he started exploring and realised he loved enjoying the 'serenity' of historical buildings. He said he soon became 'addicted'.
'It started by visiting local abandoned houses many years ago, I really enjoyed the serenity of stepping into the past, unbeknownst of its history,' he added.  
'It is a glance into how life was back in whatever era the building was from. I also developed a love for the old architecture, and exploring soon turned into an addiction.'
A wooden door centres this image of the inside of an abandoned church building, taken during the daytime. Light streams in through the stained-glass windows, showing the church has been left in an interesting state. The red carpet along the aisle is dirty and a concrete brick has been left in the right-hand corner
A wooden door centres this image of the inside of an abandoned church building, taken during the daytime. Light streams in through the stained-glass windows, showing the church has been left in an interesting state. The red carpet along the aisle is dirty and a concrete brick has been left in the right-hand corner
There are two pianos left in this theatre. Mr Mackin took this image from the balcony, offering a view an audience would once have enjoyed during a performance. Rows of seats line the floor and layers of dust and debris have discoloured the wooden flooring. The walls also look as if they could do with a lick of paint
There are two pianos left in this theatre. Mr Mackin took this image from the balcony, offering a view an audience would once have enjoyed during a performance. Rows of seats line the floor and layers of dust and debris have discoloured the wooden flooring. The walls also look as if they could do with a lick of paint
Mr Mackin's passion for photographing abandoned places developed after he started exploring and realised he loved enjoying the 'serenity' of historical buildings. He said he soon became 'addicted'. This photograph features palm leaves left on the floor following the annual celebration of Easter
Mr Mackin's passion for photographing abandoned places developed after he started exploring and realised he loved enjoying the 'serenity' of historical buildings. He said he soon became 'addicted'. This photograph features palm leaves left on the floor following the annual celebration of Easter
Lucas mostly roams around New England to find old buildings but has also travelled to Florida, and out west in Arizona, California and Mexico. This theatre features vintage red satin chairs in the balcony overlooking the stage. A red and orange carpet still lines the floor
Lucas mostly roams around New England to find old buildings but has also travelled to Florida, and out west in Arizona, California and Mexico. This theatre features vintage red satin chairs in the balcony overlooking the stage. A red and orange carpet still lines the floor
The wooden floor of the stage appears to be giving way slightly, a problem potentially caused by damp. The piano still stands in prime position with the pianists chair still next to it as it would have been during performances. Rows of seating face towards the stage
The wooden floor of the stage appears to be giving way slightly, a problem potentially caused by damp. The piano still stands in prime position with the pianists chair still next to it as it would have been during performances. Rows of seating face towards the stage
Mr Mackin takes help from fellow photographers as well as Google to spot the locations. He said: 'New England area holds most of the oldest buildings in the United States.' He admitted to experiencing the 'supernatural' during a few of his expeditions but he just tries to ignore it. This image shows rows of seating at the back of an auditorium
Mr Mackin takes help from fellow photographers as well as Google to spot the locations. He said: 'New England area holds most of the oldest buildings in the United States.' He admitted to experiencing the 'supernatural' during a few of his expeditions but he just tries to ignore it. This image shows rows of seating at the back of an auditorium
The paintwork in this building has chipped away from the wall, creating an eerie effect. The floor is covered in dirt and a pipe comes in through the window at a precarious angle. The pews are all mostly still in place and there's a strange love heart symbol at the front where the altar is
The paintwork in this building has chipped away from the wall, creating an eerie effect. The floor is covered in dirt and a pipe comes in through the window at a precarious angle. The pews are all mostly still in place and there's a strange love heart symbol at the front where the altar is
This photograph captures the entire auditorium. A beautiful murel has been painted at the back wall of the stage depicting a town in the middle east, potentially used during one of the theatre's productions, and a grand piano has been placed in the centre of the stage
This photograph captures the entire auditorium. A beautiful murel has been painted at the back wall of the stage depicting a town in the middle east, potentially used during one of the theatre's productions, and a grand piano has been placed in the centre of the stage
Our Lady of Mt Kisco Retreat Center, Mt Kisco NY, is now demolished. Chipped paint, peeling carpet, debris and dust are the predominant features of this image. The pews are all still in place and the building could potentially have once been a synagogue due to the raised platform. The Torah is read in the Jewish faith on a raised platform, known as a Bema. It is likely the structure laid on its side in the centre of the room is part of the Bema
Our Lady of Mt Kisco Retreat Center, Mt Kisco NY, is now demolished. Chipped paint, peeling carpet, debris and dust are the predominant features of this image. The pews are all still in place and the building could potentially have once been a synagogue due to the raised platform. The Torah is read in the Jewish faith on a raised platform, known as a Bema. It is likely the structure laid on its side in the centre of the room is part of the Bema
Lucas mostly roams around New England to find old buildings but has also travelled to Florida, and out west in Arizona, California and Mexico.
He takes help from fellow photographers as well as Google to spot the locations. He said: 'New England area holds most of the oldest buildings in the United States.
'Google is a huge help, and sometimes just driving around for hours on back roads looking for a new location that not many know about.'
Mr Mackin usually visits the buildings alone and said he has experienced a few ghostly encounters.  
'I've had a couple "supernatural" experiences, but I've learned to just ignore them and keep moving. But the shadows you see and noises that happen at random can definitely still get me on edge.'  

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