How to Remove the New Facebook Lightbox Photo Viewer?


Facebook is now using lightbox photo viewer to view photos and albums. But this new feature is so annoying and useless.

Luckily, there are many ways that you can use to remove the new Facebook lightbox photo viewer (or “theater”).

  1. Hit F5 – When viewing any photo in Facebook lightbox, just hit F5 to refresh and it will go away.
  2. Remove &theater – At the address bar, remove the &theater from the URL and hit Enter.
  3. Facebook Lightbox Killer (Mozilla Firefox) – This is an addon for Mozilla Firefox. It will remove Facebook lightbox automatically when you viewing somebody’s photos.
  4. Facebook Lightbox Killer (Google Chrome) – Same like Facebook Lightbox Killer for Mozilla Firefox. This is an extension for Google Chrome that will kill the lightbox when viewing pictures on Facebook.

Hope this helps! 🙂


  1. thanks! I use firefox most of the time, so i will install the addon

  2. awal2 dulu addon firefox tu jadi.
    tapi kejap je, lepas tu keluar balik lightbox.
    harap2 FB sediakan setting sama ada nak lightbox atau tak

  3. thank..menyampah lak fungsi Facebook Lightbox ni

  4. Hi,

    thanks, cutting the “&theater” from the url-string functions very well. Since Firefox 4.0.1 i have got a black screen in the lightbox mode. First i have thought the reason was one of my addons. But restarting with all addons deactivated, still the album gallery was only black.
    Did anyone know how to fix this problem, because the firefox facebook lightbox killer is still not avaible until now for the 4. Generation of Firefox.

    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany

  5. Just open the picture in a new tab. Ctrl+Left click or if you’re using a mouse (not pad), click the picture with the middle button will open a new tab 🙂

  6. Yup. This trick works..