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Apollo Theater

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Address: 253 W. 125th St., New York City, NY 10027
Phone Number: 212 531 5300
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Description: The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the...
The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
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Historic Tour of Apollo Theater with Billy Mitchell

If you get the opportunity to set up a tour of the Apollo Theater with Billy Mitchell, do it. We did it as part of a Harlem Heritage tour (also highly recommend). Billy wove... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you get the opportunity to set up a tour of the Apollo Theater with Billy Mitchell, do it. We did it as part of a Harlem Heritage tour (also highly recommend). Billy wove stories around the Theater like a true entertainer devoted to his mission. Skip some of the typical NYC tourist traps, and do this instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We did not go into the Apollo further than the lobby, but even just standing there, or on the pavement where the names of the greats are eternalised in the Apollo walk of fame, you can feel the power, feel the music... feel their struggle to bring their talent to the world. Loved it.

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Maywood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I did not know what to expect, but was surprised and amazed. First of all, the staff is wonderfully welcoming. The greeting that I received was like movie scenes that you see of people on their way into Heaven. Smiles. Doors held. Lovely. Once we got into the hall, there was a DJ playing and people were dancing in the... More 

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My wife and I have for years wanted to go see the amateur night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. We finally had the opportunity this past week and were not disappointed. First and foremost the venue is truly historic and worth it just to visit. The amateur night has been going on for over 75 years and so they... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

When I learned about Amateur Night, and what great entertainers made their rise in this theatre, I was sold on seeing a show on a Wednesday night. Overall, this was a worthwhile show. The view is great, even from the balcony. They do really drag out the show, especially warming up the crowd beforehand. But the host was quite funny,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My friends and I visited the Apollo theater for what we thought was going to be an ordinary tour. Very little of the visit was spent during the Apollo theater. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable experience. First all the groups that were attending were asked to sit in the front of the theater. Our tour guide, Billy Mitchell, then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We visited this historic, iconic New York and American musical landmark and we got a chance to go inside the theatre on the open day. The staff were excellent ! Seeing the interior and stage where James Brown, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong and BB King performed, to name but a few, was incredible. There is also an amateur night, which... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This was my 4th time to amateur night and to be honest nothing tops the very first time I went. The idea about amateur night is that you can cheer on the good and literally boo off the bad and the executioner comes on to tap dance the bad performer off the stage, usually dressed as James Brown. It's shockingly... More 

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I visited this historical place for Wednesday Night amateur night. WOW !! I was impressed with the talent. There are several parts to the audience paartipation show. First, there is a warm up by two host that start half an hour before the show. Do not miss this is really does get you in the mood for the evening. Then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A NYC Landmark. I didn't see a show but had a tour of the theater. It is what I remember about movie theaters that I visited in the late 50's. I think the inside of the theater is called neo-classicaI. I did listen to a lecture about the entertainers who have played the Apollo - very interesting. Amateur Night seems... More 

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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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