Apollo's 2000

2875 W. Cermak Road,
Chicago, IL 60623

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Opened in 1917, the Marshall Square Theatre was designed by Alexander Levy, who later teamed with Frederick Klein to go on to design some of Chicago’s greatest movie palaces, like the Granada and Marbro Theatres. It was located in the Marshall Square neighborhood on 22nd Street near Marshall Boulevard (22nd Street was later renamed Cermak Road, after the Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, 1931-33, who died from a bullet in Miami meant for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

Originally a venue for both vaudeville acts as well as movies, the Marshall Square later switched to a movies-only policy, until the screen went dark in the 70s.

In 1936, architect Roy B. Blass remodeled the Marshall Square, and new signage was added on the the elegant terra-cotta covered facade. One of the support beams for the soaring vertical sign was unfortunately rammed right through the large terra-cotta face of a beautiful goddess above the main entrance, sadly destroying it.

Today, restored and renovated in the 90s for use as a concert hall, the Marshall Square is now known as Apollo’s 2000.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Broan on October 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Curiously, the Marshall Square had a very similar design to the Howard Theatre, down to the domes (removed at the Howard). But they had different architects.

Broan on October 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Mike Royko worked as an usher here.

sunscreem5 on January 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Did this theater show Spanish language movies in the late 1970’s early 80’s?

theatre123 on April 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Broan The Apollos 2000 is more similar to the Brighton Park and The Metro Theatre. (Now demolished) The Howard is more similar to interior design. The Metro was almost identical except that the arch and in the back of the Theatre had bleacher type seats. The Brighton Park had a balcony and looked nothing like the Apollos 2000 Theatre on the inside but on the outside were extremely similar.

OeOeO on June 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Why is this listed as Apollo 2000. That is the club name and it never showed movies under that name. It should be listed as Marshall Square theater. It started showing movies in Spanish in either 1967 or 1968.

Broan on June 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Cinema Treasures policy is to list it under the current name if it’s open.

Broan on July 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

Link is broken, but I assume that’s the same image I put in the photo section last week.

ktsmith2557 on March 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

So many memories, movies and several hour long all-cartoon afternoons !

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