1237 N. 52nd Street,
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Firms: Thalheimer & Weitz
Previous Names: Apollo Theatre, New Apollo Theatre
One of Philadelphia’s last neighborhood theatres, the Apollo Theatre was opened on December 26, 1913, it was entirely redecorated in October 1915, reopening as the New Apollo Theatre. In 1917 it was equipped with a Kimball organ. It was closed on April 3, 1960 with Burt Lancaster in “From Here to Eternity” & Humphrey Bogart in “Sabrina”.
It reopened as the Capital Theatre on May 23, 1961 with Lee Remick in “Sanctuary” & Burt Lancaster in “The Unforgiven”. It managed to snag a few first-run bookings in its final years and closed on June 21, 1992 with Christopher Reid in “Class Act”. Real estate records currently show the building as retail space, known as Song’s Capitol Discount Store.
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