15-17 N. Illinois Street,
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The Apollo Theatre opened on May 27, 1922. It was located in downtown Indianapolis on N. Illinois Street just off Indianapolis Avenue. For many years the Apollo Theatre 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 Theatre was the first theatre to to show a sound movie “The Jazz Singer”, the Apollo Theatre 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 Theatre 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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