1500 Harford Avenue,
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Previously operated by: State Theatres Circuit (aka Rome Theaters)
Architects: Herbert C. Aiken
The Apollo Theatre was opened January 7, 1921 with Wanda Hawley in “Food for Scandal”. The seating capacity was 1,300-seats: 850-seats in the orchestra and 450-seats in the balcony. In 1922 it was equipped with a Robert-Morton 2 manual organ. A look at the Apollo Theatre today, while the entire neighborhood around the theatre has changed over the years, with entire blocks being torn down for rebuilding, the Apollo Theatre has managed to survive, used from 2004 as a church. The front was at one time painted in an odd yellow, and along with a vacant firehouse, were the only two buildings left standing on the block.
The Apollo Theatre survived until 1981. You can still see the name Apollo just under the roof line on the façade of the old theatre. A weird twist; it’s next door to the building where Ouija boards used to be manufactured.
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