Ever wonder what that little shack towards the front of some shopping center parking lot once was? Before the days of one hour photo developing at your local CVS and current day digital photography, there was Fotomat.
Now you can buy your coffee and breakfast from a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru. Back then people could just drive up to their local Fotomat for most their film developing needs. Founded in 1965, it reached its peak in the 1980s. At the time of the circa 1987 video below Fotomat had over 1,700 locations and promoted it’s “Inexpensive same day developing”.
Fotomat kiosks were often found in the parking lots of your local shopping center just as you find Redbox machines in front of your local supermarket nowadays. By the 1990s Fotomat had for the most part disappeared.
Though most of the locations were torn down years ago, a few still stand as reminders of a bygone era.
This Former Fotomat is now a drive-thru watch repair shop located in a shopping center off of Route 9 in Freehold, New Jersey.
This vacant Marlboro location on Route 520 is waiting for a new tenant.