Apollo Theatre

180 S. New York Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Mikeoaklandpark on August 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Howard B I wonder if we knew each other as we grew up the same tim ein Atlantic City. I saw some of the same movies you mention in a 2005 posting.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

This theater was the site of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s disastrous 1930 first out-of-town tryout for their eventual smash hit comedy Once in a Lifetime, their first collaboration.

InesitadaSilva on January 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

Many thanks residents for the above URLs and informative posts. I’d like to share with site visitors a web page regarding one European (actually German) vaudeville act called the Six Rockets that passed through Atlantic City on a couple of occasions. The page here: View link links up many vintage photos from the Act’s two visits there, although sadly none are from inside any theatre itself and rather reveals what an act was up to when not on the stage.

However, I would like to take this opportunity to enquire whether CT readers may know whether some theatres more than others among Atlantic City’s vaudeville houses may have hosted German or European acts (if that’s a possibility at all). A number of the city’s residents claimed German ancestry, so would some houses like the Apollo perhaps have catered rather more for the German speaking community? From the German Programm that the girls can be seen reading here: View link it would appear so.

Any suggestions or thoughts are more than welcome. Thank you very much in advance and I trust this post is useful to visitors.

DonLewis on September 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

From the early 1900s a postcard showing a very large group of people crowding the street in front of Nixon’s Apollo Theatre in Atlantic City.

kencmcintyre on April 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

The Apollo can be seen at the bottom of this postcard:

kencmcintyre on April 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Here is a larger version of the postcard linked in January 2008:

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Here is the 1977 photo posted in November 2008:

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

it is mentioned here that “Birth of a Nation” kicked off the summer season at the Nixon in July 1915. Obviously Memorial Day was not the start of summer as that holiday hadn’t been invented yet.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 21, 2009 at 9:21 pm

An ad with no graphics.

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in June 1958:

ATLANTIC CITY-“High School Confidential”, first Albert Zugsmith film for MGM release, opened here May 29 to considerable fanfare. Zugsmith is a native son of Atlantic City and he and Jan Sterling, Charles Chaplin Jr., Jackie Coogan and DIane Jergens, stars of the film, received a rousing welcome.

The opening at the Apollo Theatre was for the benefit of the United Cerebral Palsy Fund. There was a motorcade parade, testimonial lunches and dinners and an address by Zugsmith at Atlantic City High School.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

No. I went to the Beach Theater once on Atlantic Avenue when I was a teenager, to see an adult film, but I never had the nerve to try this place.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

No problem. Did you catch any flicks there?

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

That’s the place. Boy does that bring back memories. Thanks for the photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

This is a 1977 photo of an Apollo Theater in Atlantic City. Is it a photo of this theater?

kencmcintyre on September 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I don’t remember the hippie place. The burlesque place that I referred to on 9/3/05 was actually on the ground floor of the Morton.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

The theatre on Virginia between Pacific & the BW, may have been the Quarterdeck? I went there in 1970 & it was a teenage (hippie) dance club called “Phaze II”. In 1971 I remember some kind of a stage show on the marquee: “What Is Life?”. I can still see the nearby Morton Hotel.

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Saw “The Five Pennies” there in the summer of 1959. I remember thinking the Apollo was less distinctive than most of the other Atlantic City moviehouses of that era. – Ed Blank

edblank on May 8, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Among the movies that played the Apollo was “The Five Pennies” in the summer of 1959. – Ed Blank

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 4, 2008 at 10:51 am

Was W.H. Lee the original architect of the Apollo, or just the architect in charge of the extensive interior “modernization” that took place in 1934? If there’s sufficient interest, I’ll post “before” and “after” photos that were published at the time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 21, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I believe that it was the same person Ron. Here is an article that makes the connection between Joseph F. Fralinger the saltwater taffy king and his involvement with the Apollo Theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 21, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Note that in TC’s 1966 postcard there is a billboard advertising “Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy”. Seems likely that this was the same Fralinger who was involved in the construction of the Apollo Theatre.