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Apollo Theater

Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Landmarks & Historical Sites


The Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[2] and was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show consisting of new talent. The theater is located at 253 W. 125th Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, specifically in Harlem, one of the United States' most historically significant traditionally African-American neighborhoods.

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Lou G


We had the most wonderful time here .From the fun and young atmosphere to the great music the little dance number the young men and women did to the greatest food ever !!! We went to celebrate our anniversary and had the best time.. The drinks are really good...Our server was a doll Kiayanna she made sure all is well ...Cant wait to go back with a group of friends ! Thanks ! Louie G and El Divo~

Julian C


We came to see the Ballet Hispánico at the Apollo theater Great performance ruined by the Fact that at the mezzanine the lights were ON the whole time, (Imagine going to the movies with the lights on) To make things worst they were selling beverages the whole time in the back, the noise of the ice, the orders, the register and the fridges made a horrible noise that ruined the silence. I tried to contact manager but no one seems to care about it. They seat people at any time they arrive, the place was so hot that everyone was fanning themselves with the program. IN short : and absolute disaster. If you go DO NOT purchase on the mezzanine, or better DO NOT GO THERE wait until they perform somewhere else...

Tenny M


On the famous stage of the Apollo theater was pure magic.The people were nice and the performances were breathtaking and amazing.Anyone,in New York should check this place out to have a great time.The chairs are comfy and the building looks nice!!

Abdul-Karim R


Go there for a history on Harlem and established legends. It's a place for people who are looking to become entertainers because they have legends that you can learn about. No matter where you sit, you can see the stage very well. You can dance when you're on the stage. It gives people the opportunity to understand what Harlem is like from the beginning to now. If you're in Harlem, you HAVE to go to this theater.

Joshua C


I loved this place. I saw some amazing performances that I will never forget. My family and I will definitely come by again.

Jesi M


This historical theatre is still a great place to watch from a New Orleans band to Pharell Williams. They also have the amateur night on wednesdays which is very fun and worthy the trip to Harlem

Cupcakeimani J


I was fun, but the show was toooo long. It was about 3 hours and the drinks were watered down. I was not happy about that. Overall, the show was lovely and the music made me pumped.






Philbert I


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Dominique B


Amatuer Night was so much fun!

Barney S


This is a great old theater. The seats are uncomfortable, the show we saw [James Taylor] had bad sound [was it house sound or JT's?? - don't know]. But if the show you want to see is there, you might not have another venue choice.

Pat a


Walked past , got a photo. Then went to Popeyes chicken on the corner. It's an interesting place - Harlem

Ashley W


Mr Apollo gave us a wonderful tour even though he had a family emergency to go to. It was only 4 people and he still took the time out for us because he knew we weren't from there. I have grew up watching the Apollo every night on Saturdays so going there and being on stage was very warming and meant so much to me.

Rowan P


Landmark historic building. Great atmosphere. Beware the Amateur Night where people go just to hate.

Micah J


The Apollo Theater is a historic landmark and you feel it when you see a show there. Amateur Night on Wednesday nights is an experience unlike any other. I highly recommend it. If you're looking for food nearby, I suggest Red Rooster of Harlem (great food, scene + live music) or Sylvia's Restaurant - both just a block away.

Matthew P


A gorgeous theater that has been lavishly restored. You can really feel the history here, and it feels well-tended. I hope and plan to come back!

hope b


I enjoy going to the Apollo, been tending the Apollo all my life. Last week ,I went to the free show. My favorite was James Brown, to see his life , I learn so much about him. Thank you for showing it to the public.

Eunice A


To be fair I worked at the theater for close to 2 years. I would recommend it if you are visiting New York City and pass by Harlem.

The past couple of years, there's been a huge donation which has restored the theater. A lot of current artists have performed there and it only gets better for the theater.

Yann L


We went there for the amateur night. We loved the ambience.

Jonathan A


My first time at the Apollo Theater was pretty great. I was here for the All-Star Tribute to Don Rickles. I am not sure how the venue is normally, but it was pretty nice for this special event. I think they ripped out all the ground floor seats and put tables for the celebrities. The venue was clean. My seat was in the Upper Mezzanine and you could see the stage and performers perfectly and clearly. I would come back to this venue if the entertainer was good. Its just annoying to trek all the way up in Harlem.

Stephen F


We went to amateur night and wow, atmosphere is electric. Very welcoming, the hosts, staff, and crowd were amazing. Very fun night and would highly recommend to anyone visiting NYC.

Mathieu C


Amateur night on Wednesday is a must-go! The host and wannabe artists will make you dance, laugh, stand up, cheer, boo and - above all - having an amazing night. The hall of fame at the entrance will make you realize the historical importance of this venue.

Caleb F


Had a fun time at amateur night, plenty of potential talent and a few who should never be let near a stage again. The theatre made sure we were well entertained in either case. Venue is quite historic and famous. Glad I was able to see it in person.

Hans S


Since opening its doors in 1914 and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul — all quintessentially American music genres. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo stage. Today, the Apollo is a respected not-for-profit, which presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.

The neo-classical theater known today as the Apollo Theater was designed by George Keister and first owned by Sidney Cohen. In 1914, Benjamin Hurtig and Harry Seamon obtained a thirty-year lease on the newly constructed theater calling it Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater. Like many American theaters during this time, African-Americans were not allowed to attend as patrons or to perform.

In 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, who would later become New York City’s Mayor, began a campaign against burlesque. Hurtig & Seamon’s was one of many theaters that would close down.

Cohen reopened the building as the 125th Street Apollo Theatre in 1934 with his partner, Morris Sussman serving as manager. Cohen and Sussman changed the format of the shows from burlesque to variety revues and redirected their marketing attention to the growing African-American community in Harlem.

Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher took over the Apollo in 1935. The Schiffman and Brecher families would operate the Theater until the late 1970s.

The Apollo reopened briefly in 1978 under new management then closed again in November 1979. In 1981, it was purchased by Percy Sutton a prominent lawyer, politician, media and technology executive, and a group of private investors. Under Sutton’s ownership, the Theater was equipped with a recording and television studio.

In 1983, the Apollo received state and city landmark status and in 1991, Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., was established as a private, not-for-profit organization to manage, fund and oversee programming for the Apollo Theater. Today, the Apollo, which functions under the guidance of a Board of Directors, presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.

Benjamin W


An incredible and historic location--well worth the price for the tour with the manager who worked with all the stars. Seriously, folks, if you can think of a famous person, this guy worked with them. The tour is charming, but my favorite part was performing in the mini "amateur night" that everyone gets to be a part of. Totally fun! Standing on the stage of all those greats--it's a special opportunity that I'll remember as a highlight of my NYC excursions for years to come.

Devonta W


The Apollo is one of the major culture landmarks of Harlem. As the neighborhood changes and adapts, the Apollo says the same.

Still providing much needed support to artist and performs of color. The Apollo maintains is rich cultural bones and architecture. When you walk through, you can imagine the many performers who have walked through these same halls.

Velma G


I spent money in the gift shop, and they wouldn't give a patron the courtesy of a restroom visit. They sent patrons to Red Lobster, they were accommodating. Tour guide on vacation for two weeks = no tours = not informed before arrival. Sidewalk was cool though.

Fernando D


Legendary and iconic Harlem theater. Unique portions of the theater’s Amateur Night, which started in 1934 and still runs every wednesday.The live-talent competition helped launch the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, among others. Visit.


Milan P


amatuer night was so much fun and unlike anything I have ever been to before. I can't recommend highly enough, we had a great night

Adam V


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.

Emmett H


I went on Wednesday which was amateur night. Me and my wife weren't planning on going; but this is a Historic Landmark and we just wanted to stop by and see it. We went to the gift shop and talked to someone who seemed like the theater manager and she told us we should check it out. The price was very affordable we got main floor seats for about $25 each. And you may think I'm exaggerating but I will say this is the best show I have ever seen in my life. And it was the supporting Talent as well as the Usher's and staff of the theater which made it so good. This is the type of show it doesn't matter how you feel going in whether you just got off of work, just went through a break-up, or tired from a long flight they are going to make sure that you have a good time. I can't explain this- but I would say you have to see it for yourself #Apollo

Eleni V


I visited the Apollo Theater to see Conan live. The whole theater staff was friendly. I was able to find my seat easily with the help of an usher. It's really beautiful here. I would definitely visit here again.

Nahom S


Highly recommend for anyone to attend the amateurs night on Wednesdays. Cheap and worth every penny. For a historical and very entertaining night.

Mohammad A


Really awesome venue. Just know that the Upper Mezzanine is a steep nosebleed view of the stage. so if there is anything projected onto a screen in the back of the stage you will miss it.

Brandon H


Historic Apollo Theater! Its smaller in person but huge in history. The ushers were great. The bar line was extremely long.

Rick C


Great historical venue with live music and lots of events for the community. A staple of harlem. If you are visiting I suggest going to a function

Scars A


Great historical land mark, where the majority of star's were born.

Gabrielle M


I love the Apollo I live in Harlem for more than 50 years and I love it

Orline B


Great cultural event place, very professionally run. We always have a wonderful time, for all events we've attended. Love the place & organization.

Stefan G


The history and the acoustics are amazing here. Saw David Grey with my wife. It was fantastic.

Illeyana G


Such a beautiful place to visit. The concert that I attended was AMAZING!! The Upper Mezzanine has tight seating, but the price was decent. Overall, enjoyed my time here.

Valerie P


Never seen a bad show here. Go on a tour by Mr. Apollo himself Billy Mitchell. Amateur Night is every Wednesday when it is in season.

Monique M


Awesome Show. Kimberly Adair is Awesome. Standing ovation. I can see her playing as ARETHA FRANKLIN.

Andres R


Place full of history in the middle of Harlem. Great artists played here. Each month new artists perform in the very same place that Michael Jackson, Metallica and other well known artists played.

Katherine J


I love the Apollo theatre! They have amazing shows of all kind. They're very engaging, and it's always a great time.

Nicole F


Legends have performed here! It's an honor to be in the building! I recommend balcony seating. My floor seat view was blocked by speakers 😩😩

Jane D


Attended Amateurs Night and it was an affordable event that let us see the inside of the Apollo. It was a good show with talented "amateurs." We had a delightful evening.

Anasha N


It was like visiting a page from childhood. Great experience, amateur night show was entertaining. They need a new sandman though.

Donna W


After all it is the legendary Apollo Theater! And it's air conditioned! The seats will accommodate wide hips but not long legs. For more comfort you can purchase balcony seats.

Melanie W


Historic theater in Harlem. Recently hosted The Manhattan Borough Arts Festival - which was amazing. The staff was pleasant * merch reasonably priced. A NYC treasure!

Samara R


At a taping of showtime at the apollo. Having a blast! Steve Harvey is hilarious! The place is a little smaller than i thought but still its legendary. Its beautiful

Gloria P


Haven't been in the Apollo theatre in years it was very nice. I enjoyed the show very much. air conditioning works very well almost froze but the experience was very good..



The World Famous Apollo was so informative, the tour was superb, the tour guide was excellent, I wish I could remember his name, but he wrote a book about how he got his start at Apollo. We got to look at the signature walls, :the lucky log" we were able to do a mock show. It was so much fun.



This legendary place is much smaller than it looks on television but it was lovely to be inside in person. We went for amateur night and was amazing.

Rhonda D


We won a tour of the Apollo in an auction. It is an amazing place and Billy Mitchell "Mr. Apollo" shared the stories and the pieces of the theatre with us in a once in a lifetime event. We were so blown away with the history of this place and it is on my bucket list to return when there is a show there. Wow, worth the trip to go for sure.

Maria N


That was a great evening, full of fun, laughter and love. I had a great time, watching new talent. I have been in New York for nearly 4 years but this was memorable, really special. Comedian Capone was totally awesome. Thank you Apollo.

Sarah M


We found the lines outside to be extremely confusing. We discovered after standing in wrong line after wrong line that there were three will call lines for tickets not bought directly through the theater. Then two for the theater box office, that weren't moving, that all ended up merging together in a huge group of confused people. There were a couple of ushers standing outside, none of which seemed to care enough to help the crowds try to organize. Then once inside the show had a mic issue, lighting issues and we could hear the engineer giving calls all throughout the night from the booth. Full voice calls even during quiet moments of the show. It was very bizarre. Luckily, Van Jones went with all the punches, got the show back on track without skipping a beat and the audience seemed to have a positive experience.

Simon M


One of Harlem's landmarks and well worth a trip. Iconic signage, stars' names on the pavement, and glittery interior with good gift shop. Didn't manage to see a performance but would be a must do on next trip.

Michael E


Great venue for a formal meeting. I forgot how pretty the old theater is. Seats are very comfortable and clean.

Renee F


This legendary, world renown culture gem in the heart of Harlem features their weekly Wed. night Amateur Night competition. The staff is friendly, it's historic and you'll have a great time.

Blaq R


I first entered the theater for the Wednesday night AMATEUR MIGHT show, hosted by Capone ..... Immediately a nostalgic feeling overwhelmed me as I walked down the storied hall to the tall oak doors. The view inside is worth the trip to NYC on its own merit.

The next night was the night of my show, inside the Apollo Comedy Club.

Headlining such a major show in such a major venue was validating, to say the least.

The staff is incredible.. From Alice, to Mr White, Mr. Walter, Anthony, & big Wayne... even my dear Ms Gloria...... all under the command of Mr Dwight Jordan.... a man who goes beyond the extra mile to facilitate the artist's every whim .....

And the entire event is produced by the Apollo's "Curator of Comedy" .... the legendary Bob Sumner.

I am blessed to have attended such a historic edifice


Denise J


Awesome venue in a great neighborhood. A movie was filming nearby when we arrived and it was fun to watch them. Very vibrant area.

Donna M


I attended top dog and the talent was mind blowing. The youth that competed that night was fantastic. It was very hard to choose just one winner. The adult performance we're just as equally talented. There is no bad seat in the house. This was my first time and I will return again in the future.

Brian V


Apollo is one of those place that should be on your bucket list. They have all sorts of shows so you got to do your homework on who will be appearing. Also they have a smaller stage upstairs for a more intimate performance.

Stefany M


Showtime at the Apollo is amazing. I have had the honor of performing therea few years ago. I was a young girl so no booing occurred but any who. It's amazing to see it back in such a great way. The place still looks great. The crowed is definetly more mixed now a days and to say that it's vicious if you don't do well is an understatement. Steve Harvey turned this out. Let's hope it gets picked up by Fox



Loved coming here as a kid! Talent Night was the best shows. I met The Rock and Monique and the Apollo. This is truly a Harlem landmark.

Lisa W


It's a must visit on anyone's NYC bucket list. A historic theater in the heart of Harlem. Doesn't matter where you sit, you have a great view of the stage. Showtime at the Apollo with Steve Harvey hosting is magic! (Be aware any free events will have a very long line but it's definitely worth it once you're inside.)

Liseli M


Its like a party - you can't help but have a great time. The MC, dj and other staff are so professional they rope you in and make sure you have a blast. Amateur night on Wednesdays is fantastic and so affordable - date night or just friends poonight out its fun. The other shows that are put on there are great too.

Danielle E


It was a great educational experience. The acting Ensemble was wonderful. My students and I learned so much about the Civil Rights Movement. I would definitely do it again. My only quip is that is started quite late. However, I would definitely do it again.

Phyllis A


This historic center of Harlem culture sits right on 125th Street. The gift shop is open even when there is not a performance. A great place to pick up Harlem souvenirs. Amateur night is Wednesday night. There are plaques in the sidewalk outside of famous performers.

Andrea S


I mean it's the Apollo! Rich history and heritage. So glad this place was restored. Must visit and experience for yourself.

Shelby M


Had a great time with sone laughs. Heard some wonderful young talent. Others should have stayed home. I applaud all who tried. Amateur Night at the Apollo is a must when in NYC and in Harlem. Great history there.

Kelly M


Great venue to see a concert the acoustics are fantastic no matter where your seat is. One work of caution, if you sit in the upper balcony there are 3 sections the middle section is fine but if you sit on either of the outer section, the first seat in the row towards the center is slightly obstructed. Also, when people walk down the stairs to get to their seat, they walk right in front of you. If possible I would avoid sitting in that end spot. Also note the stairs in the upper balcony are very steep, although they do have handrails if stairs give you trouble.

Tom A


There's everything to love about the Apollo theater. You can feel the history in the walls, the decor, the Tree of Hope onstage... The DJ was hyped, the band was excellent, the comedy was tight, and the energy was Amazing! Harlem, New York, and Apollo: a match made in heaven. Thank you Apollo!

Catalina T


This place is amazing and such an important part of Harlems history. Just love walking up the stairs and watching the photos on the wall, makes me smile. If your visiting NYC please go, if your a resident checkout their events, there's something for everyone.

Nothemba G


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!

Louise P


Great place for entertainment, and to see artist. They have an Amateur Night that the audience's get to rate. Prices are reasonable for entrance fee, senior/children discounts. For a night out with laughter and fun, I recommend it. Check online for event , time, and interest you want.

Crystal S


Thank you for a great evening of entertainment, laughs and camaraderie. It's a great deal for entertainment. The lighting, talent of the house band, and emcees make it that much better. The theater is beautiful in itself.

Tatianna M


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.

sky u


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!

Star A


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.

Virgie M


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!!!

Deja V


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.

Catherine R


It was honestly so magical just walking inside. I went on a class trip during black history month. The play itself made me laugh, cry, and leap with joy. The sheer amount of history you feel from just walking in is almost overwhelming.... Almost. The people working there are just so nice and welcoming. Although the woman's bathroom is very small, can't say much about the men's never really been in there, I wouldn't want to change anything. It old and classic. Let's not forget the chandelier. The whole place just oozes regality.



I love the vibes at the Apollo 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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 🚀 , Food , and drinks got me on 💯😀, Salute

Shawneal S


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.

godfrey c


The atmosphere that is summoned by the legend that is Apollo is so all consuming. I am struggling to think when I've been in an environment where I could not get away with giving anything other than 100% participation. It was an amazing time. In an amazing theatre. With Amazing for company.

Cionna R


I came here for my cousins graduation. Coming to the iconic Apollo theatre for the first time was so exciting. Everything was great except for the fact that everything was extremely disorganized. The staff wasn’t very helpful and the second it was over we were basically shoved out of the theater. It was happening so abruptly that people were dropping wallets and bags all over the floor. I tried to be understanding because there was another graduation after. But we had finished ours long before our a lot time was even over. So I didn’t get what the rush was about

Wen R


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.

Rockin R


This started out as a surprise gift for me as an Anniversary gift and Birthday Gift, but it turned into a once in a lifetime experience. We were scheduled to go to the Apollo Theater for Amateur night. Once we got there, everyone was so friendly and cheerful and made us feel right at home. The show and pre-show activities were fun and really got everyone in the mood. My wife and I were able to meet Mr Apollo who told us about the tour they do. Well, we jumped right on it. We got a chance to see the Apollo backstage and got a history lesson about the Apollo Theater from Mr Apollo himself. I even had a chance to sing on stage. It was a dream come true for me because I have been watching Show Time at the Apollo since I was 8years old. Thank you Apollo for making my dream come true!

Ian B


A real local cultural gem! I was there for Amateur Night, but don't let that fool you, the acts were excellent! Audience participation is strongly encouraged and it made for a truly memorable evening. I definitely suggest you check it out if you are in New York and want to experience one of Harlem's most authentic local venues!

April D


Great intimate venue. Close to stage from any seat. Good sound system and acoustics.

Only issue: a good portion or the rear stage and a video screen can't be seen by those in the last few rows of the lower mezzanine. They need to place some monitors or something so everyone can see everything.

Sergio A


A great place to listen to some music.

You can feel its great vibe the moment you cross the door.

Smaller than I've imagined (but that doesn't means that is a small place, it is not).

The sound is awesome: clear and powerful.

Zach P


Beautiful venue. It lives up to the legend. Amateur night is a high energy show that's unlike anything else I've seen. Make sure you're ready for heavy audience participation.

Almani B


Listed as one of the most historical landmarks in the Harlem District area of New York City. This location has a lot of sentimental items on display. With their own Apollo walk of fame. Many great artist have to come and performed at this iconic theater. Also known for it’s amateur night which gives rising stars an opportunity to show their talent. You can catch yourself enjoying its beauty, history and what may be a future star among us one day.

Larrolyn F


My friends and I enjoy going to the Apollo Theater for the Wednesday amateur nights. It's a bit all lives matter for historically black theater, but I guess you need to change with the time if you want to stay open. The musicians are amazing and they give them their own solos during the second half of the show. For all my larger plus size people you will comfortably fit into these seats if you are a 4X and smaller. There's no elevator so keep that in mind if you're taking someone who is not great at walking up more than two flights of stairs to get to the balcony or mezzanine area. The oceans are very kind and will gladly help you with anything you need and the gift shop is at the front of the theater. I would recommend getting anything from the gift shop before the show starts, so you won't have to deal with the large mass of people who are trying to leave and also buy products at the end of the show.

Milorad V


This places has so much history, first of all! Second it was so much fun and laughed more than I could have expected. Tickets were at a great price (~30) and alcoholic drinks were under $10. Capone (the host) was hilarious and kept us laughing throughout the show! It was neat to see real talent from around the country preform for us. I would recommend coming to a show and amateur night if you want a good laugh and an enjoyable time with a great band!

Lemuel R


LET ME TELL YOU THIS! The Apollo was one of the best experiences in my life. Funny, explosive, and downright great. I definitely want to go back and I will one day. If I come give more stars, I would.

Caleb K


World-class venue full of history and a big contributor to African American culture. Tickets are affordable here. Has a wonderful comedy club that hosts legit pros from all over the country. Was very impressed and can't wait to visit again. Great location on 125th Street.

Carl S


The last shoe I saw at the Apollo was about 40 years ago. Thru wall of Fame was gone, plus the Apollo no longer hosts a lot of headline shows. I saw an NPR interview podcast taping. The theater is, however cleaner than it used to be, and has a much better sound system. Despite that, the spirit of the venue as an R&B music mecca is definitely gone.

Catherine B


KWANZAA REGENERATION NIGHT is always fun, informative and entertaining each year. A must see. Enjoy if you go and bring a friend/ family member.

Andrew T


We just looked in the foyer whilst passing by. They have a small gift shop, but no tours or anything like that. This place is iconic, but you can't really get a feel for it from the foyer. You will need to see a show here to get a real feel for the place.

Alfonso M


A must seen tour if you are in NY and love music. Billy Mitchell (Mr Apollo) is the best tour guide in the city without any kind of doubts. Enjoy it!

Nicole M


Historic place.. well preserved. You can feel the life of ALL the talent that have performed in this place both famous and non-famous.



Apollo Theater is a historic landmark in the heart of Harlem located on 125th st. in New York City. The live stage performances consisted of legendary singers and actors. Apollo theater was also known to conduct Amateur Night. During this Amateur night event many famous people received their start from the vote of the audience.

William A


Was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I had been there when I was younger but my wife wanted to see it. Everyone there was so nice from the staff at the front door to the people working behind the bar to the ushers. The DJ was great he got the party started then a man came out to sing and he was just as great. The band was outstanding the music sounded great the crowd was appreciative and the amateur night was amazing. Capone was a perfect person to MC the Night and he started out with crowd participation and went on to being hilarious. One of the best experiences of my life. It's great to be a African American! #PRIDE

Virginia G


Still like this place. Open and spacious. I enjoy house music and that's the vibe here on a Saturday night. Seven Grand wanted to be uppity about dress code, so I left and came here. Bartender was attentive, drinks were strong, and music was bumping'. Still gets two thumbs up from this guy.

Eric W


Love the Apollo. Can never get enough. I go once a year at least to see Amateur Night. It's amazing! It's the Iconic Apollo theatre. I won't describe it to you. All I will say is once you see it...

Theotis C


So much history here. Want a peak backstage? See the pics. Did you know the Apollo started as a burlesque house in 1913? Sincw then it has become world famous for showcasing talent, established and new.

Ann J


Came here the other night to see Andrew Santiago for comedy night. This was hands down one of the best comedy nights I've been to in SD. Super chill, no minimum, and top level talent. I for sure will be coming back for comedy shows here.

Kimberly F


Historic venue that brings all genres of music and dance to the community. Special community events and celebrations. Reasonably priced tickets and most of the seats provide good views. Great stop for a tour and gift shop if you are taking home a little piece of Harlem. Always full of community folks as well as guests. Check out Amateur Night on Wednesdays.

Alex K


Absolutely cannot recommend Wednesday Amateur Show Highly enough. Some kids acts (No booing) then the adult acts and if you don't like them, boo them off. Great fun and a must do in NYC.

Mahrokh M


One of the most fun shows in nyc! We were sitting at the lower balcony and got a very good view. Don’t carry too many stuff with you cause the sits are very small + you need to be able to move around and shake your body during the show :D

Val-jerry M


Great time, at the historic Apllo Theater, I went there for Africa Now which was a great event. I ended up on stage for a dance contest which was fun, as an artist the dream is to perform at a place like this were a lot of history has been made, lots of great performances has been held, so for me for just a few minutes being on state and dance in front of all these people and the cheers were an affirmation of my purpose of being a professional and bring joy to people. Great place.

Alex V


Went for amateur night on Wednesday for a company outing. It was enjoyable and staff was helpful. There was mostly good talent; I would say you should go at least once. Not sure if I would go a second time (but it's a little out of my way for me).

Vivian A


Crazy super fun. Food was OK but the piano players are awesome. Great entertainment and they know how to get the crowd involved. If you go, you'll find it a lot easier to get in if you place a reservation. The earlier the better.

Myra N


This was the best time I have ever had. The scene was so down to earth. The atmosphere is was lively. Staff was accommodating to the elderly. Their restrooms were very clean. All in all it was a great experience.

Chef M


Apollo theater is a historical place from musicians and comedians entertainers etc... some are icons some are legends and this the place that birth them. I recommend you stop by and look at a show on your spear time. You would absolutely love it. If this review was helpful then be shore to like 👍🏾 thanks and enjoy ur day/night.

Mikey T


I had so much fun at the amateur night at the Apollo! The crowd gets warmed up by the in house 'crowd warmers' until the house is on fire :-). The performances themselves were absolutely great and a pleasure to watch. And let's not forget that hanging out in such an iconic place as the Apollo Theater is an experience in itself. You definitely won't regret spending your evening at the Apollo!!

Jeffrey Z


Certainly an iconic theater, but a bit dated. The Apollo has hosted many memorable performances and the atmosphere is great. However, the theater itself could use a renovation. While the seating makes you feel close to the stage, they are cramped. I'm only 5'10" and while seated all the way back my shins touched the seat in front of me. I've been on airlines with better legroom.

It may not be my preferred theater, but I would attend another performance here.



The theater where legends performed! We attended a youth dance competition. The the venue is a decent size are seats weren't great but we could still see the stage clearly. It was very clean also

The only thing it could have been a little cooler inside. If you have the opportunity to go do it!

Chalkboard T


Amazing. The gift shop needs work and the theatre is a lot smaller in person. But I felt humbled being there in the place where all of the greats have been. Fabulous photos of all the stars on the staircases

CiCi D


The show was great... no one got booed. Come correct or go home! #Capone had me in stitches all night long.



Apollo great entertainment for 6 years old and up. Now you can see what happens during the commercials. Did you know the jingle "Nationwide is on your side" was sung, instrumental played, created by a members of the Apollo Band!

Candice C


Seating is always perfect. No matter your section. Historic. All the shows I've ever gone to there I love. Recently went to see Smart, Funny, and Black by Amanda Seales. Fantastic show!

Erica R.



Come on now, this is history! It's hard not to say good things about The Apollo.

The feeling of nostalgia is HEAVY as soon as you see the this and 167 more

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