Apollo Theatre Still Striving To Give A Classical Experience

By Anna Yee

December 13, 2010 Updated Dec 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM CDT

A local theatre is trying to preserve the belief that a trip to the movies should be more than a sit-and-go occasion, but rather an escape.

Downtown Peoria's Apollo Theatre opened it's doors in 1914, playing non-commercial films.

The non-profit organization is continuing to strive to give movie go-ers a classical experience by keeping true to its original mission.

"And it's a touch of Peoria's History...from the Bauville Theatrical atmosphere that Peoria was known for worldwide...the whole notion that 'if it plays in Peoria' meant that Peoria was a tough crowd. And if you could achieve anything in Peoria you could take it on the road." Apollo volunteer Bill Knight said.

The Apollo Theatre will be showing "It's a Wonderful Life" Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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