Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre in Oberlin is synonymous with consistent family friendly movies shown at reasonable prices. Since 1913, the downtown movie house has opened its doors to enthusiastic patrons, ready to see the latest offering shown reel-to-reel from a single screen.

From the first thriller shown about a century ago, to today's Oscar-winning melodramas, the Apollo has not disappointed its audience. The theater has been a mainstay in the Oberlin community at its comfortable locale at 19 E. College St., and appreciated by town and gown alike.

When longtime owners, brothers Sandy and William Steel, decided to put the historic movie house up for sale in 2009, Oberlin College sought ways to preserve this community and college asset. College Properties of Oberlin, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, agreed to purchase the theater from the Steel family. The purchase included the theater and commercial and residential space adjacent to it.

The group upgraded the theater to meet local business codes and made some modifications to the lobby and concession areas. College Properties of Oberlin has continued to operate the venue as a movie theater and has hired Cleveland Cinemas to manage and program the theater.

Since the change in ownership, the Apollo experienced several modest upgrades before owners decided to pursue a major renovation of the theater.  

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Oberlin Apollo Theatre first opened doors back in 1914

Oberlin’s Apollo Theatre celebrates its 100 year anniversary on Jan. 22. The historic theater opened its doors on Jan. 22, 1914 when William Hobbs decided to complete a block of East College Street to accommodate his restaurant. Jerry Steel purchased the building in 1928 and transformed the theater into one of Oberlin’s core entertainment sources. When Steel died in 1959, his son, Bill, took control of the family business to preserve the Apollo Theatre's legacy.

Apollo Outreach Initiative Hosts Program for Local Students

On Thursday, November 21, the Apollo Outreach Initiative (AOI), a media literacy program run by Oberlin’s cinema studies department, will host a film screening centered on sustainable agriculture for area high school and middle school students.

Apollo Theatre Receives Preservation Award

Apollo Theatre Receives Preservation Award Oberlin’s Apollo Theatre has received the Award for Theater Restoration from the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects-Cleveland. The awards program recognizes exemplary projects and individuals who have made significant investments in the revitalization of northeast Ohio.

Oberlin College goes Hollywood with purchase of vintage movie theater that draws help from stars

Oberlin College goes Hollywood with purchase of vintage movie theater that draws help from stars It is usually quiet in quaint Oberlin. However in a big way, both the city and the college that are vital parts of this Northeast Ohio community have gone Hollywood, at least for a while.

Apollo Theatre in Oberlin reopens and includes new home for cinema studies department

Apollo Theatre in Oberlin reopens and includes new home for cinema studies department The historic Apollo Theatre in Oberlin reopens this weekend following a $6 million facelift, which includes creating a home for Oberlin College's growing cinema studies department.

Renovated Apollo Theatre Ushers in New Era for Community, Cinema Studies

Renovated Apollo Theatre Ushers in New Era for Community, Cinema Studies Oberlin’s historic Apollo Theatre, a community landmark that predates the rise of talking films, will reopen for a special series of film screenings as well as a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony during the Oberlin Illuminate campaign kickoff weekend. The theater is set to reopen following a yearlong renovation that integrates the Cinema Studies Program and its community outreach project, the Apollo Outreach Initiative.

Louis, a silent film, and the Oberlin Jazz Orchestra to play at grand reopening of the Apollo

Louis, a silent film, and the Oberlin Jazz Orchestra to play at grand reopening of the Apollo The re-defining cinematic experience of Louis, a silent film about Louis Armstrong as a young boy, will be featured among the weekend of events celebrating the reopening of Oberlin's historic Apollo Theatre. The Oberlin Jazz Orchestra will perform the Wynton Marsalis score that accompanies the modern black and white film. This free event is open to the public on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required and are available at the theatre two hours before the performance.

Student Films Showcased at the Apollo

Student Films Showcased at the Apollo Oberlin cinema studies students had the opportunity to view the culmination of their spring semester’s work on the big screen at the Apollo Theatre on May 20. The films, 10 in all, were screened again to sellout crowds during Commencement/Reunion Weekend.

Historic Apollo Theatre Reopening in Fall

Historic Apollo Theatre Reopening in Fall Oberlin’s historic Apollo Theatre has been a venue of entertainment for nearly 100 years, predating the rise of talking films. This fall, the beloved landmark will reopen following a yearlong renovation to restore much of its Art Deco glory while integrating space for the cinema studies department and its community education project, the Apollo Outreach Initiative.

Apollo Outreach Initiative

Apollo Outreach Initiative Since a subsidiary of Oberlin College purchased the historic Apollo Theatre more than a year ago, the college had hoped to expand the role of the building so that it could also serve as a place of education. Thanks to a gift made by two parents, that hope is becoming reality.
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Finding Dory

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Rated: PG | Running time: 105 minutes

Starring:    Ellen DeGeneres   Albert Brooks   Ed O'Neill   Kaitlin Olson   Ty Burrell

Disney Pixar's "Finding Dory" welcomes back to the big screen everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang Dory, who's living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California's prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom and dad, Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI's most intriguing residents: Hank, a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Independence Day: Resurgence

10:00 PM     

Rated: PG-13 | Running time: 120 minutes

Starring:    Liam Hemsworth   Jeff Goldblum   Bill Pullman   Judd Hirsch   Vivica A. Fox

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

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Generous support from Oberlin College alumni, friends of the College, and community members have made the purchase and renovation of the Apollo Theatre possible.

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