Apollo Theatre

Graf-Adolph Platz,
Dusseldorf

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Here is a postcard view of the original 1899 design by Herrman von Endt:
http://flickr.com/photos/pulp-o-rama/146434659/

Here is a postcard view of the makeover that was carried out by the UFA circuit:
http://flickr.com/photos/pulp-o-rama/146433614/

Roloff
Roloff on May 14, 2006 at 2:29 pm

With the arrival of the Tonfilm, when sound was permanently added to the Motion Pictures, new modern theatres were built around Europe, UFA being at the forefront of doing so in Germany. Their older theaters got restyled to fit the new look, perhaps also to better accomodate large banners and displays. This one’s facade was also completely overhauled, as can be seen from several postcard pictures that exist. The ‘vintage’ exterior view above is from the restyled version. The original was very baroque, designed by architect Herrman von Endt, and opened on December 16th, 1899.
There are also strange rivots (perhaps lightbulbs?) on the vertical spokes or ribs on the picture above. Perhaps to support larger displays.
In 1942 the building was destroyed by bombing, and rebuilt in ‘48 to open again in 1950.
The Filmmuseum in Düsseldorf has a nice maquette of the theater in its later form on display.
There still is an Apollo Varieté-theatre in Düsseldorf, under a freeway bridge (Apollo Platz 1), that appearently continues the original Apollo Varieté tradition.