Apollo's 2000

2875 W. Cermak Road,
Chicago, IL 60623

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Broan on April 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm


LouRugani on March 1, 2021 at 10:02 am

There was a Theatre Historical Society tour through the MARSHALL SQUARE in about 1984 as it still operated as a cinema.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 8:19 am

This opened on December 22nd, 1917. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

ktsmith2557 on March 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

So many memories, movies and several hour long all-cartoon afternoons !

Broan on June 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Cinema Treasures policy is to list it under the current name if it’s open.

OeOeO on June 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Why is this listed as Apollo 2000. That is the club name and it never showed movies under that name. It should be listed as Marshall Square theater. It started showing movies in Spanish in either 1967 or 1968.

theatre123 on April 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Broan The Apollos 2000 is more similar to the Brighton Park and The Metro Theatre. (Now demolished) The Howard is more similar to interior design. The Metro was almost identical except that the arch and in the back of the Theatre had bleacher type seats. The Brighton Park had a balcony and looked nothing like the Apollos 2000 Theatre on the inside but on the outside were extremely similar.

sunscreem5 on January 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Did this theater show Spanish language movies in the late 1970’s early 80’s?

Broan on October 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

Mike Royko worked as an usher here.

Broan on October 17, 2011 at 2:18 am

Curiously, the Marshall Square had a very similar design to the Howard Theatre, down to the domes (removed at the Howard). But they had different architects.

Broan on October 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

They were actually Brenkert projectors with Simplex lamphouses and RCA soundheads. I’ll post a couple pictures later, but they are not too good. Watch Flickr, I’m sure a lot of photos will pop up there.

DaveM on October 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Went to Open House Chicago. The interior of the theater is in very nice shape. The projection booth is still fully equipped, with three Simplex projectors with carbon arc lamps. I wish I had brought my camera—I wasn’t expecting the booth to be so complete. If anyone has pictures, please post!

Broan on October 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

A rare opportunity to visit this weekend during Open House Chicago http://myitinerary.openhousechicago.org/site/85/

TLSLOEWS on July 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Lifes too Shorts post and photo shows up what defacing a theatre really is.

0123456789 on July 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

There are rats in that theatre.

DavidZornig on April 19, 2009 at 12:56 am

Complete with an AMC Hornet moved twice, into a fire lane. Enough said.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 29, 2008 at 6:35 am

I think the title, “Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!” is a little harsh. But this guy does have a point:


There are few crimes for which I would prescribe a spear through the face as a just punishment… but this is one of them! Really, what idiot decided to put the sign support pole directly through the face of the lovely goddess on this old theatre on Cermak? Probably a misogynist…

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Broan on June 17, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Here is a profile from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s HAARGIS system. It includes a small picture.

ho3ard on May 25, 2006 at 11:01 pm

The theater sign boldly reading “Marshall Square Theater” can be seen briefly but full screen in the 1983 Sean Penn movie Bad Boys, a good part of which was fiilmed within a few blocks of the theater.
(Marshall Square resident)

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 4, 2006 at 9:10 am

In the book UNEXPECTED CHICAGOLAND by Carmilio Jose Vergara and Timothy Samuelson (ISBN: 1565847016, December 2001, New Press, The)
the signpost rammed thru the face of the goddess is described as
“Chicago’s Pinnochio”. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see it. It is the bottom post at the bottom “0”.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 4, 2006 at 8:34 am

Yeah, that’s pretty much my thought process as well. I am not nearly as up on the status of Chicago’s remaining theatres as I was fifteen years ago. But there may be some others still kicking around in various neighborhoods, being used different ways (or not used at all).

By the way Brian, I’ve been meaning to mention that your research is impressive. Keep it up. You’ll be running a redevelopment agency one day.

Broan on April 3, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Well, there’s the Central Park (but that’s in pretty iffy shape) Riviera (poorly painted), the Fine Arts (built as legit), and if we expand to 1920, the Portage. Not having seen it in person, it’s hard to judge, but it may well be the best-kept example.