Apollo Theatre

5544 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Fox Apollo Theatre exterior

The Apollo Theatre was opened in 1921. Fox’s Apollo Theatre was located on Hollywood Boulevard near N. Western Avenue.

It seated 600 people and was destroyed by fire in December 1976. It has since been razed.

Contributed by William Gabel

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fscscott on May 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

There is still polished concrete on the sidewalk in front of where this theater once stood.

kikoanne on May 31, 2008 at 7:49 pm

My father was assistant manager there sometime in the early 40s. He painted the posters that went in the frames on each side of the box office as well as placards for the lobby. At age 3, they tell me I used to play out front. Nice to see so much about the old theatre.

William Dakota
William Dakota on March 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

This is where I worked when I met Louis Federici. It was named the Star at that time. We were exhibiting nudist films and had a sell out audience on weekends. It was owned by an attorney and another “gentle"man, that I could never stand. They phoned the theater hourly to see how many tickets had been sold. I finally got fed up with the "gentle"man and quit. And was hired at the Hollywood Theater for the second time. This was around 1959-1960.

William on June 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm

fscscott, the polished concrete on the sidewalk is called terrazzo.

Blofeld on December 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Shalom, buballa! Who can forget the “Star” Theater’s 49 cents days, and the ebullience of the recorded message when you’d call in. Saw It Came From Outer Space in 3D here, as well as less memorable pictures such as Butterflies Are Free. Great theater; sorry to hear it’s immolated.

drb on January 13, 2011 at 7:04 am

Does the Cinne Arts adult theatre a block or two away from the Apollo count as a movie theater?
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

-DB; I have now added a page for the Cinne Arts Theatre:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

The February 9, 1921, issue of The Film Daily ran this item about the Apollo Theatre:

“Los Angeles — The new Apollo on Hollywood Blvd., which will be about the last word in elegance among residential district picture houses, will open shortly with a pre-release of the latest Christie special comedy, ‘Hey, Rube,’ featuring Bobby Vernon, as one of the features.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2015 at 2:06 am

I’ve finally have discovered who was the architect of the Apollo Theatre, in this item from the August 11, 1920, issue of Building & Engineering News:

“Contract Awarded.

“THEATRE AND STORE, Cost, $40,000

“HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles Co. Cal. Hollywood Blvd. near St. Andrews Two-story brick theatre and store building, 50x174. Owner- Hollywood Theatres. Inc. Architect— C. S. Albright. 5910 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.”

This was apparently the second building for the Apollo Theatre, which was in operation as early as 1919 either on the same site or nearby. According to a brief article in the November 8, 1919, issue of a local magazine called Holly Leaves, the Apollo, located east of St. Andrews Place, was to get a new building on the south side of the boulevard 140 feet east of Wilton Place. That project, also to have been designed by Albright, apparently fell through, as the 1920 project as built was still located east of St. Andrews Place.

C. S. Albright was probably both an architect and a builder, as I’ve found a few references to him receiving construction contracts for various projects during this period.

The 1919 article can be found at the lower left of this page at Google Books.

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