Apollo Theatre

5544 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

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.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

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

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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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.

William on June 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

The link is:

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kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Here is a 1950 ad from the LA Times:

Here is an expanded view of the photo in the caption:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 14, 2007 at 12:44 am

The URL for the photo I linked to above has apparently changed. See it here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2007 at 11:29 pm

The Apollo/Star burned in December of 1976. Here’s a photo of the event from the L.A. Times.

William on October 9, 2006 at 10:01 am

Richard, this theatre has also been gone for many years now also.

RichardTerusso on October 9, 2006 at 2:20 am

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xxx on June 11, 2005 at 8:10 am

Hollywood’s APOLLO Theatre auditorium is almost identical to that of Oklahoma City’s (900 seat) PLAZA Theatre.

trooperboots on January 1, 2005 at 9:34 pm

Here is an interior shot of the Apollo Hollywood from 1946.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2004 at 7:11 pm

The newspaper Hollywood Citizen, on January 14th, 1921, informed readers that West Coast Theaters had leased the Apollo.

I have been struck by the remarkable resemblance between the Apollo’s facade and that of the Cooper Building in the eastern Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra, which contained a theater then called the Granada, which later became the Coronet, and then (c1964) the Capri, before it was demolished following an earthquake in 1971. Many Los Angeles commercial buildings of the era were similar, but the similarity between these two is remarkable enough that it seems as though they might have had the same architect.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2004 at 5:57 pm

The Apollo Theater (later Star Theatre) was burnt out by fire in December 1976. It dated from the First World War period.

Soesbe on May 25, 2004 at 8:54 pm

Great comments. This was indeed an unusual theatre. In 1971, I saw a double bill of “Z” and “Lawrence of Arabia” for 49 cents!

HawaiiGuy on May 10, 2004 at 7:03 am

Apollo Theatre address: 5544 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Ca.

NeilShattuc on April 3, 2004 at 1:20 pm

My sister was a cashier at the Apollo from 1942 to the end of the
Second World War. I went there a few times between 1939-1944.
I preferred theaters west of Gower St. It was a theater that showed
double features that had been released earlier at the larger theaters
The Blvd was nice then or I wouldn’t have been there. I was only

geovhill on February 8, 2004 at 4:55 pm

Yes, this has history, some good, some bad….like most on the Blvd.
George Vreeland Hill.