Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apollo Theatre Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Classic Film Series

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
The Apollo Theatre (19 E. College St., Oberlin, OH) is celebrating 100 years of lighting up the big screen in Oberlin. While the first film that played at the Apollo back in 1914, Thor, Lord of the Jungles, has faded into obscurity, the Apollo has remained a staple institution in the community.
Originally a single-screen silent cinema, the Apollo has undergone transformations over the years as the movie industry has changed with the times. First adding sound in the 1930’s and then a wide screen in the 1950’s, the Apollo has continued to adapt and now boasts two screens featuring the latest digital projection and sound technology.
One thing has never changed and that’s the theatre’s dedication to showing entertaining and challenging films. As the Apollo looks forward to its second century in the movie business, the theatre will showcase a selection of classic films including two featuring Oberlin College alumni.
The films in the series are as follows:
Directed by John Huston
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn
Play date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Set during World War I in the Congo, this classic features Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning role as the dissolute captain of a tugboat who rescues a feisty spinster missionary (Katherine Hepburn). Together they combat the elements, the Germans, and each other.
Directed by George Roy Hill
Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross
Play date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) find themselves outgunned, outnumbered and in for the fight of their lives after they flee to Bolivia. The Oscar-winning script by Oberlin College alumni William Goldman helped create the buddy-movie action genre.
Directed by Busby Berkeley
Starring Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Edward Everett Horton
Play date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
A chorus girl falls for a soldier who returns after the war engaged to another woman in this colorful musical comedy. Featuring Oberlin College alumni Edward Everett Horton and incredible musical numbers staged by the legendary Busby Berkeley including Carmen Miranda’s iconic “Lady in the Tutti-Fruitti Hat.”
Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwick, Edward G. Robinson
Play date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
An insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) falls for a married woman (Barbara Stanwick) who convinces him to help her kill her husband. Billy Wilder’s film noir masterpiece is ranked #29 on the American Film Institute's list of the Greatest Movies of All Time.
Tickets to all films in the series are $5 and are available at the Apollo Theatre box office or online at

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