Apollo Theater Chicago

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Apollo Theater Chicago
Apollo theater Chicago.jpg
Address 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
City Chicago
Country  United States
Coordinates 41°55′40″N 87°39′08″W / 41.9278°N 87.6521°W / 41.9278; -87.6521Coordinates: 41°55′40″N 87°39′08″W / 41.9278°N 87.6521°W / 41.9278; -87.6521
Architect Michael Lustig
Owned by Rob Kolson Creative Productions
Capacity 440
Opened 1978
Production Million Dollar Quartet
Website
www.apollochicago.com
Apollo Theater
Address formerly at 45 W. Randolph St.
City Chicago
Country  United States
Architect Holabird and Roche
Capacity 1703
Opened 1921
Closed 1987

The Apollo Theater Chicago was built in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1978. Located at 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., the Apollo has 440 seats and a lobby featuring art exhibits and a full bar. It is currently the home of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet and the home of the Emerald City Theatre Company.

History[edit]

The Apollo Theater Chicago is not the first Chicago theater to bear the name Apollo. In 1921, theatrical producer A. H. Woods opened the Apollo Theatre in the Chicago Loop District, at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets. Originally operated as a playhouse, the old Apollo Theatre was sold in 1927 to United Artists Corporation and was renamed the United Artists Theater. It was demolished in 1989.

Notable productions at the new Apollo include David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago starring James Belushi, Balm in Gilead with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, the long running play The Vagina Monologues, and A Nutcracker Christmas written by children's recording artist Ralph Covert of Ralph's World and G. Riley Mills.

The Apollo Theater Chicago has no relation to the Apollo Theater in New York City.

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