Apollo Theatre

3227 Troost Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64109

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Apollo Theatre

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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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claydoh77
claydoh77 on December 26, 2006 at 3:48 am

Here is a thread on the possible renovation of this theatre along with pictures; old, new, and proposed:
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KenRoe
KenRoe on December 26, 2006 at 4:28 am

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

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on February 1, 2007 at 5:16 am

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:

http://forum.kcrag.com/index.php?topic=10835.0

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 31, 2007 at 5:56 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 856 style “B” special was installed in the Apollo Theater on 12/29/1925.

seymourcox
seymourcox on September 15, 2009 at 11:41 am

This site has vintage photos of the Apollo, along with other KC theatres -
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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
cpurv69 on February 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

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 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Interesting Viragon ad, Joe.

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on August 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=738293e1c6fb79905fb58dcaf947adc1;med=1;c=umkcredic;q1=umkcredic;rgn1=umkcredic_all;size=20;lasttype=boolean;view=entry;lastview=thumbnail;subview=detail;cc=umkcredic;entryid=x-001.tif;viewid=001.TIF;start=1;resnum=1

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