Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027, United States

(212) 531-5300


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The Apollo Theater as we know it today was built in 1913, when it functioned as a burlesque theater, before later shifting its focus to variety revues. Today, the Apollo Theater schedule includes concerts, performing arts, community outreach and educational programs. It serves to recognize, honor and advance the influence and contributions of African American artists.Over the years, the venue has featured many of the biggest names in music, oftentimes receiving credit for being the launching pad to the stellar careers which followed. Ella Fitzgerald was just 17 years old when she made her singing debut at The Apollo Theater. Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Lauryn Hill are just a few more of the now house-hold names who got their starts at the legendary venue. More recently, Sir Paul McCartney and The Artist formerly known as Prince have appeared on the famous Apollo Theater schedule.Why not plan your visit now? Make Eventful your source for all the latest news and up-to-date events information from The Apollo Theater New York, and check out the schedule right here!
  • June 15, 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!!!
    May 26, 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!
    May 01, 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!
    May 17, 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.
    May 10, 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.

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    Concert Ticket Agency
    September 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
    August 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.

    Event Junkies
    August 20, 2012

    Amateur Night is on Wednesday

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