Apollo Theatre

15-17 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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The Apollo Theatre opened on May 27, 1922. It was located in downtown Indianapolis on North Illinois Street just off Indianapolis Avenue. For many years the Apollo was one of the leading downtown movie theatres. It was the exclusive theatre for Shirley Temple, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers movies. Although the Circle was the first theatre to to show a sound movie “The Jazz Singer”, the Apollo was the first to be wired for sound. The first regular sound feature was shown on April 21, 1928, “Tenderloin”. The film was from Warner Brothers starring Conrad Nagel.

For a time in 1940 the Apollo became the only newsreel theatre in Indianapolis. It closed on April 11, 1940, claiming it was unable to get first run product. It later became a Three Sisters department store.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 13, 2005 at 5:18 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1940 edition list the Apollo Theatre, 17 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis with 1,200 seats. The 1943 edition of F.D.Y. still has it listed with the same details but (Closed).

croghand
croghand on July 12, 2006 at 5:29 am

town down 2 years ago, replaced witha conrad hilton hotel

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2006 at 3:41 pm

Here is an early photo of the Apollo:
http://tinyurl.com/ed9wy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 1, 2006 at 7:36 pm

The theater is behind the streetcar in this 1938 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/l2eh5

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

This is part of an ad in the 5/27/22 edition of the Indianapolis Star. The feature was “Bachelor Daddy”. Note the misspelling of inaugural in the ad.
http://tinyurl.com/ddzhxt

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

Grand opening ad uploaded

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