Apollo Theatre

3227 Troost Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64109

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Apollo Theatre, Kansas City 1916

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The Apollo Theatre opened in 1910. Dark terra cotta front facade with a U shaped marquee. Ornamental work around the exterior poster cases and the box office. The box office was centered and entrances on each side of the box office.

The Apollo had a nice sized lobby with a good sized concession area which I am sure was expanded in later years. The theatre had a small balcony. There was decorative plaster work on the proscenium around the stage. The Apollo was one of many theatres that were designed by the Boller Brothers in the Kansas City area. The theatre closed in 1956 and was turned into a night club in 1959.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 11:31 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: http://www.HistoricTheatres.org and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~angell/thsa/fromarch.html A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.

claydoh77 on December 26, 2006 at 11:48 am

Here is a thread on the possible renovation of this theatre along with pictures; old, new, and proposed:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 26, 2006 at 12:28 pm

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives a seating capacity of 1,064.

RobbKCity on February 1, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Re: Here is a thread on the possible renovation of this theatre along with pictures; old, new, and proposed:
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posted by Claydoh77 on Dec 26, 2006 at 6:48am

Here is the more specific link:


seymourcox on September 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

This site has vintage photos of the Apollo, along with other KC theatres -
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2010 at 2:03 am

Though not identified as the Kansas City Apollo, a few small photos of this house appeared in an ad for Viragon germicidal equipment that was published in Boxoffice of August 17, 1946. There is a photo of the facade before its modern remodeling, and a rare interior photo showing a section of seating in the balcony. Viragon was a Kansas City based company.

cpurv69 on February 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

If I remember correctly, there was another Apollo theater in Kansas City, located within the Union Station building, circa 1960’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

Here is a fresh link to the Viragon ad with the pictures of the Apollo in Boxoffice, August 17, 1946.

TLSLOEWS on February 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Interesting Viragon ad, Joe.

RobbKCity on August 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Image of the exterior of the Apollo Theater before facade change.


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