Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to be in discussions with UNIVERSITY CIRCLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH about partnering to renovate the sanctuary and turn it into a first-class concert hall. Known affectionately as the “Holy Oil Can,” this iconic 1928 church is one of Cleveland’s most treasured historic landmarks.
If renovations go forward, the church would become AF’s principal home on the east side of Cleveland. Apollo’s Fire and the church also share a vision for the building to become a community arts center serving youth from diverse backgrounds – ARTSPLACE in the Circle.
The renovations would involve improvements to acoustics, lighting, and restrooms; adding a Bistro/Café; and replacing some of the church pews with upholstered chairs that can be arranged in various ways (including some raised/tiered seating). The church already has a beautiful parlor for patron receptions, as well as a gorgeous stone terrace overlooking Wade Lagoon.
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