HOW TO: Remove Facebook’s Photo Viewer Theatre

Facebook's Theater Photo Viewer

One day we all woke up, logged onto Facebook and clicked on a photo only to be horrified by what we were seeing. The new Facebook photo viewer is atrocious, and navigating it is a nightmare. Thankfully, people have already rolled out various solutions to the problem.

To Disable Photo Viewer Theater Temporarily

You can disable the “Theater” photo viewer by either pressing F5 or removing &theater from the url. This solution will only remove it from the picture you are currently viewing and next time you view a photo in your feed you will be faced with the same problem. So for a more permanent solution, follow one of the next tips.

Say No To the Ugly Photo Viewer

Remove “Theater” on Chrome

If you use Chrome or Chromium to browse your Facebook, then you can install a couple of plug-ins that will disable the photo viewer.

Facebook Lightbox Killer or No thanks, TheaterBox

Remove “Theater” on Firefox

Install the following plug-in on Firefox to automatically disable the photo viewer.

Facebook Lightbox Killer

Did you find that tip helpful? Do you need help with Facebook? Please share with us your tips and concerns in the comment section below.

Comments and Reactions

  • Amer Kawar

    I wish there is a way to get rid of this on the touch/mobile version. It’s just unusable. On PC it’s confusing.

  • Beiruta

    Thank you sooooo much for the tips! I just HATE Photo Viewer Theater; annoying!

  • Omar Abdelhaq

    You can also right click (PC Users) open in a new tab, without any need to install any plugins :)

  • Markgflash

    Did work 4 me, even after i down loaded goggle chrome. that sucks!!

  • Anonymous can do it for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and others…

  • eztephen

    Or just press F5.

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