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Apollo Theater

Theater, Musicals Harlem
5 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
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Apollo Theater

Time Out says

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions

Visitors may think they know this venerable theater from TV’s Showtime at the Apollo. But as the saying goes, the small screen adds ten pounds: The city’s home of R&B and soul is actually quite cozy. Known for launching the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, among others at its legendary Amateur Night competition, the Apollo continues to mix veteran talents like Dianne Reeves with younger artists such as the Roots and Lykke Li. 



Address: 253 W 125th St
New York

Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass (Eighth Ave) Blvds
Transport: Subway: A, C, B, D, 2, 3 to 125th St
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  • Saturday February 29 2020

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I adore the Apollo theatre and wish I could make time to see more shows at this historic venue. For the times i have been there, the staff are super nice and helpful. Amateur night has got to be the best thing to watch and it's great for those on a budget and nothing to do on Wednesday night. 

Fabulous historic theater located on 125th Street.  Went to see Prophets of Rage and the venue is fantastic.  Orchestra seats on first level are good from any angle.  Famous artists who have performed there are in plaques in the sidewalk out front.  Smaller than I thought, but sound and lights were incredible.


Saw Hannibal Buress here last night!! The theatre is beautiful, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to go to this historic site. They have tours and I grabbed a brochure and will definitely be coming back to learn more.


The energy of this iconic theater is magnetic. It's practically impossible to not have a good time. Like any venue the drinks and food are really expensive (and they won't let you bring anything inside) but it's 100% worth the Amateur Night show. The energetic MC's keep the enthusiasm up and attendees get the chance to see a range of artistic styles and performances. Watching the show is only half the fun - as the crowd is always encouraged to interact.


Iconic theater, central location close to subways/public transit, commercial spaces/shopping, and restaurants/night life. The theater is always able to attract top talent, and there are always seasonal and ongoing/recurring shows and events - maybe most notably amateur night, which if the opportunity arises - is not to be missed. The theater is distinctive, with its own lived-in feel (though ongoing maintenance work has kept the space lively, and current), and audience participation is part of the appeal. Highly recommended.

Love the Apollo! I saw Rafiya there earlier this year and the show was amazing. 

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