The Apollo Theatre in Oberlin is synonymous with consistent family friendly movies shown at reasonable prices. For 96 years, the downtown movie theater has opened its doors to enthusiastic patrons, ready to see the latest offering shown reel-to-reel from a single screen. The recently renovated theater, at 19 E. College St., has 840 seats, an indoor ticket center, an expanded concession area, a new sound system and digital projector, updated handicapped-accessible restroom facilities, and its signature 1950s-style marquee in the front.
The largest performance space on campus with seating for 1,200, Finney Chapel stands at the heart of Oberlin's intellectual and musical life. When completed in 1908, the chapel became noted for its excellent acoustics. Architect Cass Gilbert's Romanesque arches and oak pews give the place a grand majesty, while a monumental C.B. Fisk pipe organ lends a genuinely soulful feel. During the academic year, events take place at Finney nearly every night of the week. Most are free.
Large-scale theater productions, dance performances, and two Opera Theater Programs annually are staged in the 501-seat Hall Auditorium. Its distinctive, wave-like façade was the subject of much controversy before and after its completion in 1953.
Smaller plays are performed in the Hall Auditorium Annex's Little Theater, which provides a more intimate performance space for 90 to 100 guests. The two-story annex also houses seminar rooms, classrooms, and faculty offices.
Originally built as a gymnasium in 1901, Warner Center is now home to Oberlin's theater and dance program. On the first floor are faculty offices and spacious acting studios. Upstairs are two astonishingly beautiful dance studios with original sprung wooden floors and stately period windows. The large Victorian-style gym, Warner Main, serves as a classroom and versatile 250-seat performance space with a computerized lighting system.