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107. Apollo Theater (structure, 1914- ; College renovation, 2009)

19 East College

Despite stiff competition from college film series and the lure of Midway Mall and Avon Lake, for most Oberlinians going to the movies means the Apollo. It has been that way since 1928, when Jerry Steel came to town, bought the Apollo, and turned it into a downtown entertainment capital-- Oberlin's small-town answer to the exotic movie palaces of big-city America.

Blodgett, Geoffrey. Oberlin Architecture, College and Town: a Guide to Its Social History. Oberlin, Ohio: Obelrin College, 1985. Print.


In 2009, the Apollo underwent $1.2 million in renovations which "dealt with bringing the infrastructure up to current codes, improvements were visible: a revamped lobby, ada accessibility throughout, and a new high-definition projection system and state of the art sound system. Still, retaining the historical and architectural significance of the landmark was a priority throughout the renovation. The much-loved outdoor ticket booth continues to greet patrons, and the lobby's Zig-Zag Moderne features and vinyl-padded walls have been preserved.

Folwer, Yvonne G. "Apollo Gets a Hollywood Reopening." The Source (7 Oct. 2009). Print.

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