Apollo Theatre

Stauffacherstrasse 41,
Zurich 8004

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Plenty of photographs and images of the Apollo Theatre (text in German) here:
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majorsmith on May 3, 2007 at 1:40 pm

The Apollo Cinerama closed in May 1988. The Cinerama Screen was installed until the end! I was at the Farewell show wich went trough the whole april ‘88, I often saw 3 Film a day, most im 70mm (Technirama, Blow ups, Todd AO). Blame UBS Switzerland for the tear down. Even this Bank became sponsors of most Movie OpenAir -Shows later.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 28, 2005 at 3:55 am

I have a book on Zurich cinemas. Here are specific details that I can translate from the German text:–

Architect: Peter Giumini of Zurich
Opened: 18th September 1928
Seats: 1,700
Organ: Welte, opened by Herman Kuppers
I believe Eugen Scotoni was the building firm.

Contemporary reviews of the theatre in 1928 heralded it as the ‘Largest, most modern Cinema & Variety Theatre in Switzerland’.

veyoung52 on November 28, 2004 at 10:44 am

Do you remember also a theatre just off the downtown area where every morning they would run trailers of upcoming attractions – regardless of where booked – for free? I even believe the concession stand was open during these showings.

SethLewis on November 28, 2004 at 4:21 am

I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark here in the main screen in 1981 and Fort Apache the Bronx in the small screen. Zurich at the time had a few large cinemas remaining – the ABC, the Bellevue which was very Disney, the Capitol which was porn these three I believe now are plexed – but the Apollo was the grandest. The other great thing about Zurich moviegoing was a showcase in the Bahnhof (the train station) with posters and showtimes of anything playing in town – which was great for students and trainees working there who didn’t really know enough German to buy a paper. Most major releases are shown in English with 3 subtitles German Italian and French

veyoung52 on November 28, 2004 at 1:59 am

The theatre’s website (text in German) is at:
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