Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

Theater and Music Venue
Central Harlem, New York
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    Parul B.
    "Amateur night is the greatest most fun show I have seen in New York!"(24 Tips)
    Kassia G.
    "The Apollo is a historic venue loved by concert-goers of all ages."(25 Tips)
    TheUrbanDaily
    "The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, recorded his live performance at the..."(4 Tips)
    Anna M.
    "Awesome intimate and historical venue."(3 Tips)
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  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJuly 27, 2012
    Every Wednesday the Apollo hosts an Amateur Night, where you can cheer on performers or boo them off the stage! Be sure to get there early for tickets, as this night sells out quickly!
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  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 18, 2012
    The most legendary...from The Jackson 5 to James Brown...some of the greatest talent the world has ever known has hit this stage. and some of the WORST: check out Amateur night! lol and dress up!
  • California Bakery
    California BakeryOctober 3, 2012
    Lo storico teatro dove hanno suonato tutti i protagonisti della black music: da Aretha Franklin a Michael Jackson | The historic black music venue, where all the big and famous artists have played
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 7, 2013
    A walk of fame, tourists, & celebs make this the draw of w.125th st. Someone is always hawking something out front, so always talk them down. Wed amateur night packs them in. Get in line 4 tix early!!
  • Denise D.heart icon on user image
    Denise D.3 weeks ago
    Amazing historical theater in the heart of a Harlem. I took my mom to see Luenell. The performance was great and the audience’s vibe was fun and welcoming.
  • Jeremy
    JeremyMarch 19, 2015
    Amateur Night is a blast the first time when you're cheering for your favorites...but even more fun the next time when you have the courage to boo! An NYC rite of passage with repeating
  • Liz B.heart icon on user image
    Liz BaezSeptember 28, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Amateur Night is great. Small intimate theater. Not a,bad seat in the house. Also the Uptown Hall Events are informative and great panels
  • Kassia G.
    Kassia GrahamDecember 9, 2018
    The Apollo is a historic venue loved by concert-goers of all ages. Every seat is a good seat.
  • BET
    BETFebruary 1, 2013
    This theater began hosting African American acts in the 1930, starting with its legendary Amatuer Hour! See some great examples of African-Americans' contributions to us all: http://bet.us/BHM
  • Derek T.
    Derek TerrellMarch 6, 2014
    Very nice and informative tour with Mr. APOLLO Himself (Billy Mitchell). He was wonderful with the kids and had tons of stories.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesAugust 24, 2012
    The 1,853 seat Apollo Theatre opened on December 15, 1913 is most known for its Amateur Night, at which Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill all performed. Read more
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkJanuary 13, 2014
    For the film Malcolm X, the welcome for Joe Louis and the march from the police station to the hospital after the release of brother Johnson, were filmed on 125th Street by the legendary theater.
  • Shiri L.heart icon on user image
    Shiri LaraDecember 24, 2016
    Bought standing room tickets and was moved to the orchestra level to fill seats. Sweet deal!
  • Anna M.heart icon on user image
    Anna McPheeJuly 21, 2017
    Awesome intimate and historical venue. If you're seeing a show in the summer, there's no AC so dress light!
  • Fast Company
    Fast CompanyFebruary 14, 2011
    This historic venue hosted America's first-ever “Gorillaz Festival," during which the band--a.k.a. Damon Albarn with accompanying animations--played every song on their "Demon Days" album.
  • Sandy
    SandyJuly 20, 2010
    after 12 years in NYC i finally went. wow! what a feeling! i could feel and smell the deep history of this place. i loved it and will be there very very often! this feels like a real theatre!! like th
  • Maya I.heart icon on user image
    Maya ItaniSeptember 18, 2014
    Very energetic show! Pumps you up and makes you laugh hard! Audience centered entertainment for sure!
  • Gee G.
    Gee GeeSeptember 19, 2013
    My sole reason for going to the Apollo was to see K. Michelle. She or BET canceled her performance. So, I had to settle for Asap Rockey. I am not a fan of his, but Kiki Sheard was cool!
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinDecember 25, 2015
    Some of the greatest musicians perform here. Check out the online what's on list.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    Variety program Showtime at the Apollo may have established this venue as a household name, but it’s roots help define American pop music.
  • Ellen P.heart icon on user image
    Ellen PetitOctober 29, 2015
    Amazing place, breathing history. Was there for their legendary Amateur Night and loved it!
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa P.April 30, 2013
    I go to a lot of shows, and I have to say, this is the nicest and friendliest venue staff I've come across
  • MIBODEGA AGENCY
    MIBODEGA AGENCYSeptember 1, 2010
    The Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers.
  • TheUrbanDaily
    TheUrbanDailyMay 24, 2011
    The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, recorded his live performance at the Apollo on 10/24/1962. It became the first Soul album to go platinum. Learn more at theurbandaily.com/music
  • Soul Train
    Soul TrainApril 5, 2011
    No trip to Harlem is complete without a trip to the legendary Apollo Theater. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have graced the stage & the aspiring stars of tomorrow continue to do so.
  • The Grio
    The GrioJanuary 24, 2011
    The Apollo is one of the most famous music venues in the US. It is a nationally registered historic space, and was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a television show showcasing new talent. Read more
  • Breakin' C.
    International festival of hip hop dance theatre BREAKIN' CONVENTION takes place from 13-16 June 2013 bringing the illest dancers from around the block and around the world! Read more
  • NBC Politics
    NBC PoliticsApril 11, 2012
    Historic landmark in Harlem; President Obama sang Al Green’s ‘Let’s stay together’ at this venue in January 2012. http://nbcnews.to/IqbPER NBCPolitics.com
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroApril 2, 2012
    The box office is open, and its packed for amateur night. Definitely a ton of fun with a group of friends.
  • Oliver L.heart icon on user image
    Oliver LewisNovember 18, 2016
    Great venue! Friendly staff. Well organized for unfamiliar folks. Reasonable prices!!
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannJanuary 31, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the most important stages in all the world, well worth the pilgrimage.
  • Jeeleighanne D.heart icon on user image
    Jeeleighanne DuboiusAugust 27, 2023
    Great concert location! Sound is good!
  • www.harlemsunclub.com
    www.harlemsunclub.comJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Apollo historic tours connect the past, the present and the future of our legendary venue, revealing the significant contributions of African-Americans and Latinos to the birth of global popular cultu Read more
  • nycHealthy
    nycHealthyFebruary 8, 2012
    Did you know that you have to walk 2.5 miles from Randall's Island Park to the Apollo Theater to burn off the calories from one 32oz. sports drink?
  • lisaheart icon on user image
    lisaApril 3, 2019
    Went there to see Black Violin LOVED THEM🤗💕🤗🤗as for the apollo itself they do a strict bag check nothing allow in sound system sounds good
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Be inspired by their amazing shows. Or expand your artistic talents by signing up for a masterclass.
  • Paul R.
    Paul RaymentSeptember 21, 2011
    Tupac played Travis Younger here in the play A Raisin in the Sun. He was a member of Harlem's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble which he joined aged 12.
  • Apollo Theater
    Apollo TheaterApril 29, 2012
    #PreserveNYC and #VoteApollo at http://pipvoting.nationaltrust.org. Help the Apollo Theater win $200,000 to preserve the ornate artwork in the main theater! Read more
  • Cody B.
    Cody BoothJune 30, 2010
    Leave this venue and walk almost directly across the street and buy yourself an exclusive pair of sneakers from The House of Hoops then reward yourself with some sneaker cleaner and maybe 100 other bl
  • Devontaheart icon on user image
    DevontaJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Legendary Black History. #Harlem
  • P. D.heart icon on user image
    P. D.May 10, 2019
    On bucket lists for many New Yorkers that never get to it. On the right nights, it's transcendent.
  • Renae M.heart icon on user image
    Renae MasonSeptember 7, 2016
    Go to the Amateur night - boo and shout for your favorites on Tuesday nights.
  • mirandaheart icon on user image
    mirandaMay 2, 2023
    amateur night is super fun! cheer on your faves or boo the ones you don't like
  • Alberu
    AlberuNovember 29, 2011
    where Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald won the popular Amateur Night, which still boasts standing-room-only audiences every Wednesday night.
  • Brian M.heart icon on user image
    Brian MasefieldMarch 26, 2016
    Beautiful, historic theater. Stage is much smaller than I imagined.
  • Ruby R.
    Ruby RuberoFebruary 27, 2014
    If you love music, this is a great place to listen to new talent....
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DOctober 28, 2016
    If you can, take a backstage tour with Mr. Apollo.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsOctober 26, 2010
    PHOTO: A father shows his sons the murals inside the lobby of the Apollo. Click "More Info" to see this great historic pic from 1954! Read more
  • Corrigan Photography
    Corrigan PhotographyNovember 11, 2012
    If you're way scared of heights don't book upper mezz section as the incline is scary steep and uncomfortable. Oh and there are about 10,000 steps up manually. In other not for the faint of heart.
  • Melissa M.heart icon on user image
    Melissa MagalJanuary 21, 2016
    Seats allow you to see the whole stage no matter where you sit
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