Friends of the Apollo
Generous support from Oberlin College alumni, friends of the College, and community members have made the purchase and renovation of the Apollo Theatre possible.
College Properties of Oberlin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oberlin College, has purchased the historic Apollo from twin brothers William and Sandy Steel. College Properties of Oberlin has since hired Cleveland Cinemas to manage and program the theater once the initial modifications to the 840-seat venue are complete.
The first phase of renovations, including upgrades to building codes and the lobby and concession areas, are to be completed this summer in partnership with local businesses and other interested parties. The Apollo's grand reopening is expected to take place in fall 2009.
While the Apollo will continue to function as a movie theater, the second phase of the project includes creating a new performance space as well as a venue for community events.
To support the second phase of the project and beyond, a Friends of the Apollo organization has been formed. Its fund-raising activities will benefit the theater's ongoing and future programming and educational outreach activities.
The Friends of the Apollo Steering Committee include husband and wife actors Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, filmmaker Jonathan Demme, local arts advocates Kevin Flanigan and Jaqui Willis, and Oberlin alumni Elizabeth Ignat-Bausch '91 and Justin Ignat-Bausch '90.
For questions about the Friends of the Apollo and to make a gift, call the Office of Development at (440) 775-8550 or sned e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.