21 Rue Racine,
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Built in the early 1930’s as a movie theatre with a large auditorium, two balconies, stage and orchestra pit. It was renovated in the 1970’s and run by an independant owner, but soon after was taken over by the UGC chain. At the beginning of the multiplex era, it was one of the first seven screen movie theatres in the Nantes area.
The main auditorium had a 519 seat capacity and showed first-run films. But in the 1990’s, two huge multiplexes were constructed in the suburbs of the city, one by UGC. The Apollo survived the competition with a policy of second-run movies at bargain prices.
However, after the opening of a multiplex by Gaumont in the center of the city, the theatre was not profitable anymore and closed in 2003. The Apollo was demolished in 2004.
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