Apollo Fine Arts & Entertainment Centre

311 Main Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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Mark
Mark on July 14, 2012 at 12:04 am

(This is not an attack) According to Jim Rankin’s post in Sept. of 04, The Apollo Theater is the only other theater attributed to architect Frederick Klein but that would not be true. The Peoria’s Madison Theater, currently awaiting restoration, was also designed by Klein in 1921 and is an almost exact duplicate of the 1916 Circle Theater in Indianapolis, IN.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 22, 2010 at 1:36 am

Here’s a nice shot of the Apollo:

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JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 6, 2007 at 2:00 am

The current incarnation is indeed a small venue utilizing the old balcony space. No original exterior facade features exist and the interior space is a totally contemporary design.

Broan
Broan on March 2, 2006 at 1:49 pm

The present theater space, as I understand it, is the old balcony space and part of the auditorium, the ground floor and stage having been destroyed, and now seats 160.

JimRankin
JimRankin on September 1, 2004 at 9:03 pm

According to the book “The CORONADO THEATRE, Rockford’s Crown Jewel” the APOLLO is only one among a group designed by Peoria architect Frederic J. Klein. Others in Peoria by him are/were: HIPPODROME, DUCHESS, COLUMBIA, and the MADISON. He is also credited with the PRINCESS in Ottawa, Ill, not to mention the fabulous CORONADO in Rockford, for which alone his name should go down in history.