This three story, Classical Revival style building has served multiple
purposes – presenting motion pictures, plays, and touring shows such as
vaudeville, music groups, singers, and comics. The Apollo continues to
provide a venue for classic films, as well as community gatherings such
as weddings, parties, dances, etc. – along with its 6-play season and a
Youth Summer Theatre Workshop. Its most striking features are the
repeated segmental arches over each bay, in addition to triple-sash
transoms; the bracketed cornice is also distinctive, with a brick
The theatre would become home to motion pictures, plays, Vaudeville acts, musicians, singers, comics and more throughout the years. The theatre opened on January 19, 1914 with a huge ceremony and gala. Since 1914 the Apollo has remained a focal point of entertainment for the community at large. In 1937 the front of the Apollo got an addition in the form of the Marquee, complete with flashing lights and overhang. It lasted until structural issues caused it to collapse in 1987.
The theatre was renamed in 1936 to Martinsburg Little Theatre and then in 1939 to Berkeley County Civic Theatre and stayed until 1989. In 1989 the theatre was changed yet again to the current Apollo Civic Theatre and the name has stuck since. The theatre has also been the subject of some paranormal activity and investigation. An investigation ended with a positive note from the Spirit Chasers organization: we did not have any “bad” or “negative” experiences. These spirits are quite friendly.