The Apollo Theatre was built by Harry and Mary Thorn in 1913 to present the newest entertainment craze — motion pictures. With seating for an audience of 1,000, facilities for live performances. and grand halls for community dances, the Apollo attracted top level performers including Will Rogers, Garth Brooks, Robert Duvall, and Little Jimmy Dickens. The building’s design was a collaboration between Martinsburg’s Chapman E. Kent and theatre specialist Reginald Geare, of Washington, D.C. The theater retains its exterior facade and many interior features, such as a ballroom, balconies, and a pressed tin ceiling. Berkeley County Civic Theatre Inc., a nonprofit organization, manages civic use, ongoing restoration, and theatrical performances.
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