Apollo Theater

1150 Clay Street,
Detroit, MI 48211

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Opened as the Clay Theater in 1912, this nearly 400 seat theater was renamed the Apollo Theater in 1934. It closed in in the early-1950’s.

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gdpatton
gdpatton on November 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm

The Apollo Theater was located on the S.W. corner of Clay and Richmond Streets (now the intersection of Clay and the Chrysler Freeway southbound service drive). When I attended in the early and mid-1950s,it was a very active and popular theater as a Saturday afternoon hangout for young neighborhood teens and juniors, and a very popular place for adults and older teens on Friday and Saturday evenings, and on Sunday afternoons after church. Feature films were shown everyday, but weekends were the theater’s most active time. In those days, going to the show and meeting up with friends from school was a routine thing.

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