Apollo Theatre

5544 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Apollo Theatre auditorium

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The Apollo Theatre was opened in 1921. Fox’s Apollo Theatre was located on Hollywood Boulevard near 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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redlemur
redlemur on February 10, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Here’s a great picture of the theatre in the December 3, 1976 Los Angeles Times with the following caption:

“THEATER BURNS—Firemen battle fire burning through collapsed roof of the Star Theater, 5446 Hollywood Blvd. No one was injured but the fire, visible for miles, snarled morning rush-hour traffic. Building was a total loss, with damage estimated at $250,000.”

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fscscott
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
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
William on June 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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

Blofeld
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
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:
/theaters/34783/

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.”

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