The Apollo Theatre in Oberlin is synonymous with consistent family friendly movies shown at reasonable prices.
Since 1913, 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. Yes: a single screen.
Forget about the multiplex theater experience, the one with 10 screens, seating for 100 in each, all under one roof with a common concession area. The recently renovated Apollo, 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.
Improvements to the Apollo have continued. In fall 2012, patrons will experience the results of a yearlong, $6-million renovation that will transform the theater into a modern film and performance space on the first floor, and a Media Education Center on the second floor, complete with state-of-the-art postproduction facilities. The theater building will also house an office and classrooms for the Apollo Outreach Initiative, a media literacy outreach program sponsored by the cinema studies department.
Unless you go to a dollar show or weekend matinee, you won't find too many theaters these days showing first-run movies at a price that won't break your date-night bank. The Apollo shows matinees during the week and has free popcorn on Tuesdays.