Apollo Theatre

126 Clinton Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Meyer & Schneider, RKO

Architects: Eugene DeRosa

Previous Names: Apollo Hall, Loew's Apollo Theatre, RKO Apollo Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Apollo Hall on Clinton Street, circa1900

This was entered as a comment from another Apollo Theatre, at 125th Street, first posted by RedDawg

(A certain Wurlitzer) “was actually installed in a different Apollo Theatre at 126 Clinton Street, NYC. There is likewise no information on the status of this theatre that I can find.”

Opened by 1900 as the Apollo Hall, the Lower East Side Apollo Theatre was a 1,788-seat independent theatre near bustling Delancey Street. By 1927 it had been taken over by the Meyer & Schneider circuit. Loew’s Inc. took over in the 1930’s and ran for about ten years before closing it as a substantial loser. It reopened under independent management and continued to operate until at least the 1970’s.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

jazzie on April 25, 2007 at 5:34 am

The Apollo Theater on Clinton Street south of Delancey Bridge traffic was still open in the 1950’s and 60’s. It was known for it’s “Always a Western” sign. One of the three featured movies was always a Western.
It was closed temporarily, changed management or something, but it was still operating in the 70’s and I think the 80’s as well.

The Palestine changed it’s name to the Winston in the 1960’s.

edblank on May 28, 2008 at 2:05 am

None of the old 42nd Street theaters was nice by the time I started frequenting them in 1967, but as an out-of-towner who knew that a movie could play in only one theater in a “zone” at a time, I was fascinated to find first-run movies playing with companion features in dumpy 42nd Street houses while the same new films were running at higher prices just around the corner on Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

Dan300 on June 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Are there any pictures of this movie theater.

spectrum on May 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Checked Google Maps. Nothing there but acres of parking lots.

geneser1 on July 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I and my friends used to cut through the construction area that became the Seward Park Houses to go to The Apollo theater in the late 50’s and early 60’s. We paid 35 cents to see three feature films. They make up part of a lot of precious memories of my childhood growing up on the Lower East Side of NYC.

geneser1 on July 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

BTW – here is a link to my FaceBook where I have posted what might be the only picture of this Apollo theater when it was called: Apollo Hall in 1900!
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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Thanks for the cool picture, geneser1.

Greenpoint on November 3, 2013 at 2:11 am

btkrefft: great researching!

BishopKnight on June 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Here is the Apollo Theater after it was taken over by Loew’s, The photo is from a still from the Movie “Naked City” shot in 1948.

bshapiro on May 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

This area, the former site of the Apollo, is now being redeveloped as the massive “Essex Crossing” project which will include a multiplex cinema.

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