1050 Washington Street,
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Donald C. King’s new book “The Theatres of Boston: A Stage and Screen History” describes this as “a 700-seat one-floor motion picture house opposite the Columbia Theatre, next to the Cobb Theatre”.
He goes on to call the Cobb and Apollo of the Depression era “once nickelodeons but then truly crap-cans, playing the very last runs, admission 10 cents at all times. Several nearby restaurants offered a complete meal for 25 cents, which was salvation for the Depression’s unemployed, who slept in those nearby dime movie houses”. King says that they both lasted into the 1940’s.
According to J. Paul Chavanne of the South End Historical Society, Dizzy Gillespie and his band played at the Apollo Theatre in the 1950’s “through a freak booking”.
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