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How to remove Facebook Theater Mode

How to remove Facebook Theater Mode

by Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.March 14, 2011

Facebook recently released an update which makes photos to appear in a popup window under a black background, they called it Theater Mode.

And if you are one of the many users that are constantly annoyed by this format, here are the 3 simplest way to alter or disable this feature.

1. Remove &theater from the address bar. Once you click a picture on Facebook, a new page will pop up and you will notice the &theater at the end of the URL (see picture below). Delete that part from the URL and hit enter. You can now see the old Facebook picture viewer.

2. Hit F5 key to refresh the Facebook page (thanks to AxL for reminding me about this special button). Once the picture is opened in theater viewer, hit F5 on your keyboard. The page will reload and will open an old Facebook picture viewer.

3. If you are a Google Chrome user, lucky you! there is a special browser extension that will automatically do the task of disabling the theater mode. Download here.

Facebook’s idea regarding this theater mode isn’t really cool, taragis!

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About The Author
Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.
Bon Talampas, Jr. is a computer engineer, a former member of a technical team that supports a leading health care company. Prior to his stint abroad, he worked as an IT specialist and a university lecturer. Bon also holds an MBA. And aside from being a computer geek and DOTA fanatic, he spends most of his idle hours in blogging and photography. You can also read more about him at
  • buyoy

    ayos salamat! nababagalan ako sa current settings ng FB o bka network lang namin. =)

    • BON

      eric mabagal nga.. bat kasi ginawa pang ganun hehe

  • That theater thing mode really sucks, come on Suckerberg change it back! The black box,its gettin on my nerves..i cant load the photos which means i cant stalk haha! Thanks for the hit F5 thing.

    • BON

      naks! pag nagagalit si tsi englishero! haha

  • Naiinis na rin sa FB Theater mode na yan.. Eh Ambagal na nga ng net connection ko.. :(

    The F5 thing is great. And sSalamat naman, meron nang chrome extension. Weeeh!! hehehe!

    Gandang morning po, Kuya Boni.

    • BON

      haha buti nalang palaging may paraan.

  • thanks for this one, can i share it on FB?

    • Bon

      sure~! sharing is easy, you can click the link located on top of this article.. “Share this on Facebook”

      thanks kiko!

  • Zen

    Wow, I am learning a lot from this site! Thanks for this post! :)