Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

Theater, Concert Hall, and General Entertainment
Central Harlem, New York
  • The experts at New York Habitat and Gothamist recommend this place
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  • Parul B.
    "Amateur night is the greatest most fun show I have seen in New York!"(23 Tips)
    Michael R.
    "free open house at The Apollo in celebration of Black History Month!"(23 Tips)
    "The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, recorded his live performance at the..."(4 Tips)
    Kathryn I.
    "If you can, take a backstage tour with Mr. Apollo."(2 Tips)
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  • Anna M.
    Awesome intimate and historical venue. If you're seeing a show in the summer, there's no AC so dress light!
  • سليمان
    The security guards are chill af
  • Alex R.
    amateur night
  • Meeshell
    MeeshellApril 16
    Leela James
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJanuary 23
    Everyone should see a show here!
  • Shiri L.
    Shiri LaraDecember 24, 2016
    Bought standing room tickets and was moved to the orchestra level to fill seats. Sweet deal!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfNovember 30, 2016
    Amateur night is loads of fun in a totes awks kinda way. Love it!
  • Oliver L.
    Oliver LewisNovember 18, 2016
    Great venue! Friendly staff. Well organized for unfamiliar folks. Reasonable prices!!
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IOctober 28, 2016
    If you can, take a backstage tour with Mr. Apollo.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AnthonyOctober 10, 2016
    Allen stone -it's so small there's no bad seat
  • Liz B.
    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
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonSeptember 7, 2016
    Go to the Amateur night - boo and shout for your favorites on Tuesday nights.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldMarch 26, 2016
    Beautiful, historic theater. Stage is much smaller than I imagined.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RosenFebruary 12, 2016
    A classic!
  • Devonta
    DevontaJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Legendary Black History. #Harlem
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MagalJanuary 21, 2016
    Seats allow you to see the whole stage no matter where you sit
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinDecember 25, 2015
    Some of the greatest musicians perform here. Check out the online what's on list.
  • Monique P.
    Monique PerryOctober 29, 2015
    Amazing! Great night out!
  • Ellen P.
    Ellen PetitOctober 29, 2015
    Amazing place, breathing history. Was there for their legendary Amateur Night and loved it!
  • D O.
    D OSeptember 15, 2015
    Simply iconic
  • Francis
    FrancisJuly 23, 2015
    Amateur Night on Wednesday is brilliant. Boo your hands up and get excited!
  • Dominique P.
    Dominique PordeusJune 28, 2015
    Great Amateur Night
  • WarNP A.
    WarNP AndrewTJune 5, 2015
    The show was great, however the seats were to boxed in and eventually caused me to feel claustrophobic.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 4, 2015
    A surprisingly lovely venue even after all these years
  • P G.
    P GMay 17, 2015
    RIP. Great view.
  • 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
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 3, 2015
    Legends have performed here!
  • Robin .
    Robin 😎January 10, 2015
    I saw James Brown here back in the day. This is Harlem history. Long may it reign.
  • Elle M.
    Elle McFearsinNovember 22, 2014
    Epic. This needs to be on everyone's bucket list. Go amateur night and boo the ones that suck!
  • Guacira M M.
    Guacira M Moreira AlvesNovember 17, 2014
    Impressive venue!
  • Adem A.
    Adem ArasNovember 3, 2014
    legendary Apollo!
  • Maya I.
    Maya ItaniSeptember 18, 2014
    Very energetic show! Pumps you up and makes you laugh hard! Audience centered entertainment for sure!
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 14, 2014
    Classic theater, there are events on
  • Henrique C.
    Henrique CarrielAugust 21, 2014
    Soul, babe! Soul!!!!
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    Legendary! You can feel it in the atmosphere
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ruby R.
    Ruby RuberoFebruary 27, 2014
    If you love music, this is a great place to listen to new talent....
  • 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.
  • Khalid D.
    Khalid DavidNovember 3, 2013
    Wonderful experience.
  • 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!
  • Sharice R.
    Sharice RichardsSeptember 15, 2013
    go to an Apollo Live Show! so much fun!
  • Sha'Quana
    Sha'QuanaAugust 14, 2013
    Students pay $12
  • Violetta F.
    Violetta FugaAugust 8, 2013
    The best place! You should go and see it!!
  • Parul B.
    Parul BatraAugust 8, 2013
    Amateur night is the greatest most fun show I have seen in New York!
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Be inspired by their amazing shows. Or expand your artistic talents by signing up for a masterclass.
  • Anna Maria
    Anna MariaJuly 18, 2013
    Don't boo people from your hometown. No matter how much they suck.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LeungJune 27, 2013
    Make sure you get the Apollo theater app to be part of the digital crowd!!!
  • T'Shurah D.
    T'Shurah DoveJune 15, 2013
    No cameras allowed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Christine P.
    Christine PApril 19, 2013
    I have my pic up. How do you think my experience was here?!?
  • Isoke
    IsokeMarch 21, 2013
    Make sure they aren't having a bogus night like tonight where there was no boo-ing because of a Broadway tribute. I wish I could get a refund.
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YanceyMarch 17, 2013
    Doing new, fresh music. No more same ole same ole.
  • 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!!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RiegelmanFebruary 10, 2013
    Today till 5pm it's a free open house at The Apollo in celebration of Black History Month!
  • 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
  • Tank C.
    Tank ChisolmDecember 5, 2012
    One of tha main reason i luv livin here..
  • Queen Merlyn (.
    Queen Merlyn (MJ)November 15, 2012
    Showing respecting for myself and my friend Moses!
  • bitsy b.
    bitsy bentleyNovember 11, 2012
    Still catching my breath. My face hurts from laughing.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • The Foodster File
    The Foodster FileAugust 21, 2012
    Amateur Night is on Wednesday
  • 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!
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayJuly 20, 2012
    Drinks are a little pricey but there are some great events here!
  • Joan M.
    Joan McCulloughJune 6, 2012
    I visited the Apollo the week after Michael Jackson passed away. I had a chance to sign the infamous memorial wall! Tears...
  • Harlem Arts Alliance @.
    Harlem Arts Alliance @haainfoMay 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vote for @apollotheater at apollomemories.org/vote - help the Apollo win $200,000
  • Apollo Theater
    Apollo TheaterMay 13, 2012
    Support the Apollo! Vote now to help us win a $200,000 Partners in Preservation grant. Http://apollomemories.org
  • 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
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 26, 2012
    Built in 1913, the Apollo was one of the first theaters to have fully integrated audiences and employ African Americans/Latinos both onstage and backstage.
  • 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
  • HOT 97
    HOT 97April 4, 2012
  • @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.
  • Fuyuhiko T.
    Fuyuhiko TakayaMarch 12, 2012
    I went to Armature Night on Wednesday about 10 years ago. The audition show was totally for travellers. That was crap.
    NYULYPMarch 5, 2012
    This place was open during the Harlem Renaissance and witnessed the jazz legend Duke Ellington perform on stage.
  • 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?
  • jose r.
    jose rJanuary 25, 2012
    obama speech was priceless!
  • Viator.com
    Viator.comJanuary 25, 2012
    Come along on a Wednesday evening for the long-running Amateur Night. Read more
  • Abiola A.
    Abiola AbramsJanuary 20, 2012
    Be early enough to beat the lines. xo
  • 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.
  • Kat
    KatNovember 26, 2011
    Wednesday amateur night, only for $10 with student ID
  • nicole
    nicoleOctober 26, 2011
    I can finally scratch this off my bucket list!
  • 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.
  • Armando
    ArmandoSeptember 4, 2011
    Wednesday is amateur night!
  • Rose P.
    Rose Pierre louisAugust 24, 2011
    You can't go to NY and don't stop to Apollo. For blacks it was the most important cultural institution. Period!
  • The Art Initiative
    The Art InitiativeAugust 17, 2011
    CEO & Co-Founder of the The Art Initiative, Tuan X (also a singer, songwriter & MC) headlined here on March 4th, 2011 in the first season of the 'Apollo Music Café'.
  • MamaIWantToSing
    MamaIWantToSingAugust 10, 2011
    Doris Performed Right Here. and Right around the corner is the Mama, Foundation of the Arts.
  • Christina N.
    Christina NielsenJuly 27, 2011
    Get your tickets the day of with a student I'd for $10!
  • Jim T.
    Jim TurnerJuly 5, 2011
    Great historic place... a NYC must-see! Read more
  • Chris G.
    Chris GJune 1, 2011
    Once your seated please try to stay in your seat until the intermission. The rows are extremely narrow.
  • 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
  • Junko H.
    Junko HiroseMay 18, 2011
    I sang "You make a history" there as one of member of choir from Japan March 30, 2009
  • Sixxstar74
    Sixxstar74May 4, 2011
    Checkin in.....
  • arnelle R.
    arnelle ReidMay 1, 2011
    This place is fun u should also try the resterants
  • they j.
    they junApril 22, 2011
    Looking Some what...
  • 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.
  • Sixxstar74
    Sixxstar74April 4, 2011
    Addicted Music & Ent
  • Skye J.
    Skye JohnsonMarch 26, 2011
    Amateur night!!
  • Sixxstar74
    Sixxstar74March 24, 2011
    Always a good event here.
  • Sixxstar74
    Sixxstar74March 23, 2011
    Show casing my new era of Artist....
  • 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.
  • Rainy T.
    Rainy TeckFebruary 3, 2011
    Purchase your tickets early, the price are cheaper.
  • Rainy T.
    Rainy TeckFebruary 3, 2011
    Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the most famous music halls in the US.
  • 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
  • Emily Punkimeowmeow d.
    I was in awe the first time I went to the Apollo. Imagine all the legends that have performed here!
  • Tendai G.
    Tendai GarandiJanuary 17, 2011
    or many years, Apollo was the only theater in New York City to hire black talent. Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at 17 at the Apollo, on November 21, 1934.
  • Danny C.
    Danny ChorikiJanuary 9, 2011
    H3NYC Riddle 3: Where to get some viddles.H3NYC Riddle 3: Where to get some viddles.
  • Warren L.
    Warren LaidlerNovember 22, 2010
    Is there anything else to say about this place? It's a landmark.
  • Brisk
    BriskNovember 8, 2010
    "I miss the cool nights sittin' in the Carlo, Now it's like "boooo"--we sittin' in Apollo" - Fabolous "Pachanga" Sourced from rapgenius.com.
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 26, 2010
    For many years, Apollo was the only theater in New York City to hire black talent. Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at 17 at the Apollo, on November 21, 1934.
  • 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
    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.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MascarenhasAugust 26, 2010
    Boo people on amateur night
  • The Standard
    The StandardAugust 6, 2010
    NY (Art) A place where music legends once performed – and still do! Make sure to adventure uptown to catch a show. Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dizzy D.
    Dizzy DaileyJuly 10, 2010
    One of the best dictions I made to visit
  • 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
  • Chad J.
    Chad JohnsonMay 26, 2010
    Get your tickets in advance, they are cheaper.
  • Brett P.
    Brett PeterselMay 21, 2010
    Adam Ostrow is awesome.
  • Mel W.
    Mel WilsonMay 21, 2010
    Got to come back soon, but it needs more leg room for the seats
  • Harlem W.
    Make sure to go on Wednesday nights for Amatuer night Read more
  • Sasha K.
    Sasha KorenJanuary 30, 2010
    Amateur night!
  • Sove N.
    Sove NiaApril 26
    Шмонают не по-детски, до дна сумки. Придется выкинуть всю еду и даже пустую бутылку без воды.
  • María F.
    María FernándezMay 20, 2016
    La amateur Night (miércoles a las 19:30) es divertida y por 21$ dos horas de música y humor, no está mal.
  • hmtn
    hmtnMarch 27, 2016
  • Ali L.
    Ali LDecember 8, 2015
    La onda, la mítica, el soul.. Un monumento en sí mismo por su historia y por permitirme ver a Ben L'Oncle en una noche increíble
  • Juliano C.
    Juliano CarvalhoMay 22, 2015
    Casa de jazz tradicional
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BernerMarch 6, 2015
    Casa de shows
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroFebruary 7, 2015
    Excelente casa de shows no coração do Harlem, aqui você confere o melhor da música americana!
  • Lorena S.
    Lorena SayaveraOctober 23, 2014
    Divertidísima la Amateur Night!!!
  • Ana Carla A.
    Ana Carla AraujoMarch 9, 2014
    Experiência incrível e alegre!
  • Florent
    FlorentNovember 6, 2011
    Le fameux cinéma d'Harlem, point de départ d'une petite balade dans ce quartier en voix d'embourgeoisement et qui contrairement aux idées reçues, n'est pas à craindre.
  • akira a.
    akira akagawaApril 24, 2011
  • Juan M.
    Juan MendozaFebruary 24, 2011
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