Apollo Theatre

1050 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02118

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MarkB on March 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

The Apollo first shows up on a 1917 map. The building was owned by Arthur Stameris.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

In a 1918 Boston street directory, the Apollo Theatre is listed at 1050 Washington Street in the South End, east side of street, between Davis St. to the north and Florence St. to the south.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

An item in the January 17, 1942 issue of Boxoffice magazine stated:

Parker into Chepachet, RI.
BOSTON – Fred Parker, operator of the Apollo in Boston, and owner of the Bellingham Auto Theatre in that town, has taken over the Chepachet in Chepachet, Rhode Island. Parker, who has acquired the former Grange Hall, has extensively renovated the house.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2007 at 8:03 am

Boston film pioneer Joe Cifre, in his long article “Saga of the Movie Industry in Boston” says that the Apollo was one of Boston’s early film venues in the post-1906 era.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 22, 2006 at 8:22 am

The Apollo, 1050 Washington Street, Boston is listed as open in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook…seating still 700.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 22, 2006 at 8:09 am

The 1927 Film Daily yearbook lists the Apollo with 700 seats. The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Apollo has a photo taken in May 1941. Under the marquee is a hanging sign which says “All Seats 10 cents”. The Report states that the theater is not showing MGM films; that it was built about 1910, that it’s in Poor condition, and has 700 seats, apparently all on one floor.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 21, 2006 at 9:58 am

If this 1928 map is correct, then King’s book is wrong. The map shows the Apollo Theatre on the same side of Washington Street as the Columbia, but three blocks further south (between Davis and Florence streets).

Today, this is an industrial zone which no longer looks anything like what is shown on the map.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 25, 2005 at 6:20 am

King’s book says this theatre opened “circa 1910”.