Apollo Theater

253 W 125th St, New York City

4.5
The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (formerly Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (formerly Eighth Avenue) in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is a music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers. It's the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent, from 1987 to 2008, encompassing 1,093 episodes; the show was rebooted in 2018. The theater, which has a capacity of 1,506, opened in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon's New Burlesque Theater, and was designed by George Keister in the neo-Classical style. It became the Apollo in 1934, when it was opened to black patrons – previously it had been a whites-only venue. In 1983, both the interior and exterior of the building were designated as New York City Landmarks, and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is estimated that 1.3 million people visit the Apollo every year.
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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Reviews

  • Wen Rod

    5
    - 16 August 2018 -

    It was my first time at the Apollo, had such an awesome night. The comedian Capone kept me laughing the whole night. The performers were all amazing, and so talented. I loved the whole experience, and would definitely recommend it to family / friends.

  • Dr. Craig Follins

    4
    - 16 August 2018 -

    My father first took me to the Apollo when I was a child. I always enjoy and respect this legendary venue whenever I visit. So much rich history that is integral to the vibrancy of the village of Harlem, USA. A must see for any tourist.

  • Easythemogulupdates

    5
    - 02 August 2018 -

    I love the vibes at the Apollo πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Such as classic vibe and very historic.. congrats to the staff and all employees at the Apollo for a great welcoming! And Great music , If your in Harlem New York you need to pass by the theater and catch a vibe!! Be there early to assure a fast entry πŸš€...party , Food , and drinks got me on πŸ’―πŸ˜€, Salute

  • Shawneal Sullivan

    3
    - 10 July 2018 -

    OK so it was first time going here for the mothers day special. The people who worked there were very nice and helpful. Now there seating on TV first balcony is horrible. There is little to no leg room. If you want to be comfortable I would suggest getting tickets on the ground floor. But overall it was a great experience.

  • Deja Vue

    4
    - 25 June 2018 -

    Attended the jazz foundation event which was for an great cause. It was outstanding. The theater itself was small and thought,very expensive merchandise and the bathroom was way downstairs. Over all i guess that's expected from an historical theater. The demands were much different. The staff was outstanding especially the women that was head of security.

  • Virgie Morales

    5
    - 15 June 2018 -

    Beautiful place. Clean and well taken care of. The have an elevator for the handicapped or disabled. They have coat check and bag check for large items. The seating was cool the place is much smaller in person then on TV. There's a bar on every floor which was great. Bathrooms were very nice and clean and there's just so much history there it was amazing. I can't wait to go back!!!

  • sky unidentifiedstorm

    4
    - 26 May 2018 -

    Great shows. If your going to a show that's for studio audience where you see live performances televised be patient. If your not extremely early there will be a line going around the corner to venue. They will hand tickets as you wait on the line. You must have an invitation in order to have a free ticket. Use the bathroom before seating it's going to be hard if your in the middle of rows going in and out. Easy to get to by train or bus. Driving can be insane it's meter parking. Parking lots are in the area but not any. Best bet get a Uber/cab/taxi. They do have paid shows that are usually awesome. Small bathrooms. So go when you know no one else will. Enjoy!

  • Tatianna Mott

    5
    - 18 May 2018 -

    The legendary Apollo Theater has not lost its importance. I've seen so many wonderful shows here from independent artists to Oprah. The yearly Kwanzaa festival is always heart-warming, Amateur night is an interesting experience, and the Apollo Music Cafe has some great smaller acts as well. As a tall woman, I struggle a bit with the lack of leg room in the balcony seating and even more so with the lack of ANY room in the balcony restroom stalls. But even that's not enough to make me want to give less than 5 stars.

  • Star Anderson

    5
    - 10 May 2018 -

    I had one of the best times ever. The host is amazingly funny. The acts were good. The DJ was good as well. Seats are small and compacted together but it was worth it. I could feel the history.

  • Nothemba Goldstein

    5
    - 01 May 2018 -

    Absolutely wonderful entertainment. The building is gorgeous from the inside. We got late seats and sat in the very last row, on the right. No need to worry! The sound and line of vision was perfect! The show was hysterical. I don't live in America, but the humour is light and witty and appeals to all. I also love that you buy your drinks inside - credit cards accepted! The ushers are also feisty characters and start getting you in the festive mood from the get-go. If I lived nearby, I would try and go at least once a month!

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