Apollo Theatre

74 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig on October 8, 2015 at 6:54 am

1941 photo added. Looking East on Randolph. Apollo marquee on the left, photo courtesy of Tim O'Neill.

Broan on February 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

http://tribune-files.imagefortress.com/attachment1s/209313/medium_wm/AEI-090-CT_F.JPG?1276085002 This appears to be the Apollo in 1929.

Broan on August 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

Burling & Adler was Dankmar Adler’s firm before teaming with Louis Sullivan. Adler & Sullivan’s Schiller (Garrick) Theatre was adjacent to the Apollo, and the Borden Block, Adler & Sullivan’s first commission, was adjacent to the Schiller.

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Joe Vogel on December 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

A 1999 book, “History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago” by Frank Alfred Randall and John D. Randall says that the New Chicago Theatre was designed by the firm of Burling & Adler.

kencmcintyre on November 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

There was another fire in July 1944:

GrandMogul on March 28, 2007 at 11:52 am

Famed “Schmeling-Louis” fight film shown at Apollo—–


Chicago Daily News, Friday, June 26, 1936, p. 36, c. 1—–


The Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight pictures, complete from beginning to end have been booked in as extra screen attractions at eight Balaban & Katz theaters starting today. In the loop the pictures will be shown at the Roosevelt and Apollo theaters; west side Marbro; south side, Tivoli and Southtown; north side, Granada, Varsity and Uptown. The pictures showing the knockdown in slow motion, also start at the Regal theater on the south side on Sunday

kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 2:21 pm

The Apollo was gutted by fire on June 2, 1949:

Fire Guts Vacant Theater In Chicago

The interior of the vacated Apollo theater at Randolph and Clark Streets in Chicago’s Rialto was destroyed by fire Thursday morning. The fire apparently started in the pit under the stage of the old movie theater and burned up through the roof of the building. The cause of the blaze was not determined immediately. Fire officials did not estimate damages to the structure.

KenC on December 19, 2006 at 4:35 pm

In the Corner Bakery Cafe, on Randolph west of Dearborn st., you will find a pretty nice pic of the Apollo theatre(1934). It is located on the west wall of the restaurant. It is showing “JUDGE PRIEST” starring Will Rogers. Many other photos of downtown movie theatres are displayed throughout the place.

Broan on March 25, 2005 at 1:46 pm

You’re right. The LOC entry said 119 N Clark, I just must not have paid attention.

Broan on February 12, 2005 at 6:46 pm

Here is a 1906 photo of the Grand Opera House.

Broan on September 25, 2004 at 10:07 pm

Here is a quite dramatic picture out of a series of five in the Chicago Daily News collection showing the extent of the damage of the 1907 fire.