"With 1883 as the date appearing on
the front of the building, it's hard to dispute how old
is, but a history of Princeton High School commencements- printed in 1902
reveals that the class of 1884 held its commencement serving as a
dedication for the still uncompleted
In the beginning mainly used as
an opera hall and vaudeville stage, the first
was installed around 1910.
The Apollo Hall changed
ownerships and lessee's a few times until around
1925 when Miles
Fox bought the theater.
Sublet to E.E.
Alger from Peru, the Algers then operated the theater
for more than a
Miles Fox of Princeton was the
father of Virgil Fox, the famous organist.
"It was in this theater that
the great organist did much of his practicing, both during movie
productions and during the daytime hours when the theater
In 1930 the Apollo was
converted into a modern movie theater by
Hal Opperman and Sons
(Pontiac, IL), who added apartments and offices and
renovated the theater, foyer and
In 2012 the Apollo
made the conversion from 35mm film to digital projection. Along with
During this time Richard
Widmark (Actor, Princeton High school
graduate 1932) was a
frequent visitor to the Apollo.
In 1958 Kerasotes aquired the
Apollo Theater from Algers. In
the cinema was twinned by then
Bud and Katie Johnson (long
time manager at the theater) bought
the theater around the turn
of the century, before they sold the theater
to german native
Joachim (Jay) Schneider and his wife
Lara Kautz- Schneider
(Princeton High school graduate 1989) in
7.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound that was installed, this was the
biggest investment into this Princeton Landmark, yet.
1 Bureau County Republican
October 29, 1959