Apollo Theater

229 W. 6th Street,
Concordia, KS 66901

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2021 at 5:54 am

A comment on a Concordia Facebook page by a former projectionist says that this house was built by Delmar Harris in the late 1940s as the Delharco Theatre, became the Strand in the early 1950s, closed for more than a decade and was reopened in 1968 as the Sigma Theatre. It probably became the Apollo in the 1970s.)

This doesn’t quite jibe with other information about the theaters in Concordia that I’ve found (for example the listing of a “Del Harco” Theatre in the 1930 FDY and the mention of the Strand in the minutes of a 1947 City Council meeting, plus the fact that the Strand might have burned in 1948– there is a photo of a fire at the Strand burning, but it is undated.) Still, I have no doubt that Sigma is definitely and aka for this house, and that Delharco and Strand are definite possibilities.

I did discover that the early Concordia movie house called the Lyric became the Iris in 1916, and that the Lyric was at 6th Street and Broadway. I’ve held off on submitting the Lyric/Iris, which was still in operation in 1929, as, given its location, there is some possibility that it was the same theater that eventually became the Apollo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

CinemaTour lists the Apollo at 229 W. Sixth Street, which is now the site of B&B’s Majestic Theatre. The Apollo’s building was demolished in 2005 to make way for the new theater.

What I have not yet been able to discover is whether the Apollo was one of Concorida’s other old theaters reopened and renamed. It could have been the Strand, for which I’ve been unable to find an address. The Strand was in operation prior to 1948, and suffered a major fire in the spring of that year and had to be rebuilt. It was still in operation at least as late as 1951. The Apollo was open at least as early as 1979.

Concordia also had a house called the White Way Theatre, opened in 1914 and operating into the 1950s, but it was on Washington Street. There was also an early house called the Lyric, but I haven’t been able to find much about it. I’ve found even less about a theaater opened in 1916 as the Iris, and possibly later renamed the Isis, though that might have been a typo. There was also an early house called the Photo Play, gone by the mid-1920s.

JimRankin
JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 11:53 am

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