Apollo Theatre

1531 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Apollo Theatre, Brooklyn, NY in 1928 - Ticket booth in sidewall of lobby

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The 600-seat Throop Theatre was opened by 1914. In 1925 it was enlarged and renamed Apollo Theatre, reopening on August 24, 1925. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 rank organ. The Apollo Theatre was operated by the Island Circuit. It was closed in 1965.

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Dejael
Dejael on November 14, 2002 at 10:09 pm

Could this theater by chance be the same one as the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem? Perhaps they are one and the same.

William
William on November 14, 2003 at 1:42 pm

The Apollo Theatre in the Brooklyn was located at 1531 Fulton Street and it seated 1315 people.

Afcham
Afcham on August 29, 2004 at 9:36 pm

I will ask around. The building was demolished, probably in the seventies. There is now a McDonalds on the location. It is not the same as the Apollo in Manhattan. This Apollo was located in the Bedford Stuyvesant section. I was told that it had live entertainment in the sixities. I will try to confirm that. I went there when I was very young, so my memories are faded

moonbeam
moonbeam on January 6, 2005 at 10:45 am

hello i was raised down the street from this theater.on saturdays my mother would send my sister and my self to the matinees. my mother took us there to see gene chandler and barbara mason. james brown was there and many other acts of the 60s. i was crushed when they tore it down.my sister has a photo of the theater in a background.

KennyW
KennyW on March 9, 2005 at 3:59 pm

Hello Moonbeam,
My name is ken williams and I’m a life long bed-stuy resident,
I’ve been trying to locate a picture of the old apollo theater
for use in a project with the new owners of the mcdonalds thats located there now.
If it’s not too much to ask, do you think I could possibly get a copy of your sister’s picture of the apollo?
One of the son’s (nicholas) of the apollo’s owner (mr. bowen)
was a classmate and friend of mine at our lady of victory school
3 blks from the theater. Unfortunately we did'nt stay in touch.
Anyway, I can be reached at [email]
Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.
Ken Williams

greegreeman
greegreeman on June 1, 2006 at 1:20 am

Hi there, my name is Jesse Moore and, though I now call New Orleans home, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I am a musician, and performed at the Brooklyn Apollo Theater when it was alive and kicking. I am so sad to hear that it was demolished. In the 60s, I saw many great blues and R&B artists there, including James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Bland and many Motown acts. I can be contacted through my website, www.jessemoore.com

TPH
TPH on March 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

Nice to see a traffic free Fulton Street. Anyone know when the Fulton St. el came down?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on November 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hector, 1941 seems to have been the year when the Fulton el met its demise. So, the area had just become “el free” when this picture was snapped. This was surprising info for me, since I had previously thought that the el had survived until after the end of WWII.

There are, by the way, nearly 400 pictures of mostly Fulton St. on the attachment that TT recently enclosed. They provide a number of pictures of the street just before and after the el came down. You can also view pictures of many other movie houses that once graced Fulton St., including the Tivoli, Strand, Majestic, Regent and Normandy. It really is worth a few hours of your time. Thanks TT.

Audreymack11
Audreymack11 on July 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

My name is audrey mack I dance there in 1960s came in second place turn the place out with an african dance

verajay
verajay on August 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

i lived down the street from this theater on fulton st.i grew up in the 1960s and this was my sis and e home away from home. especially on saturdays. this is where i first saw DR NO. i was sad when it closed. very good memories here. down the block was also the Banco, The Regent and The Brevoort. But the Apollo always dear to my heart.

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