Apollo Theatre

246 Martin Luther King Drive,
Jersey City, NJ 07030

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Apollo Theatre and Airdome, New Apollo Theatre

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Apollo Theatre

Originally an open air theatre that was part of F.H. Merten’s Photo-Play Theatres. Located on the corner of Jackson Avenue (today Martin Luther King Drive) and Wilkinson Avenue, this theatre opened May 27, 1911. It was closed in the mid-1950’s.

A picture post card can be found on page 111 of the Arcadia Publishing book “Jersey City”.

It is now a Salvation Army thrift shop.

Contributed by tc

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teecee on March 10, 2006 at 8:27 pm

Listed in the 1944 and 1956 FDYs. No seat total in the 1956 FDY, which indicates that it might be closed by this time.

1942 ad (see bottom left corner), courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

The former Jackson Avenue is now known as Martin Luther King Drive.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 3, 2015 at 10:04 am

I think the theatre may still stand. Check out the Salvation Army building, which gives its address as 242 Martin Luther King Drive. It looks like it could have been an old theatre. Additionally, property tax records from the Jersey City assessor’s office list the official address of this building as 242-246 MLK Drive. 246 was the address of the Apollo Theatre.

rivest266 on February 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

This opened on May 27th, 1911. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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