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Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., New York City, NY 10027 (Harlem)
212 531 5300
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Ranked #70 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Theaters
Description: The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
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chicago
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Went to the Wednesday night show. Crowd was excellent, entertainment was excellent, service was excellent. Would do it again next time I'm in town.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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147 reviews 147 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Another staple in the "New York attraction" folder is the Apollo theater! There's so much history here it's unreal. So many careers were built right in that great city of Harlem! That theater is beyond iconic!

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Corner Brook, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We went to Amateur Night at the Apollo & loved it. Even if the show was terrible, just being in this historic theater would have been worth the trip. The show however was entertaining from beginning to end. I wish we could be there for the finale. Arrive early for the pre-show. No problem to get a taxi to &... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Harlem itself isn't the nicest of areas so visit during the day if you are a nervous person. We were lucky enough to join a tour, these only run when groups have pre-booked so give them a call to see what days these May run as they vary. The guide has worked for nearly 50 years at the Apollo and... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We went to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert at the Apollo, and our experience was wonderful! The theater was gorgeous, warm, and historic. The staff were so kind, hospitable, and helpful. I tipped the bathroom attendant a dollar and she darn near chased me out of the bathroom to give my husband and I mints or whatever else... More

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This was my first time to the Apollo Theater. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. I wish I could return for the finals for amateur night. Capone really keeps the audience entertained. From the dancing in the aisles to the cheering or booing of the contestants on stage, it was an all around fun filled night. Glad... More

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Plano, TX
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We went to the Wednesday-night amateur performances -- what fun! Be sure to arrive early (at least 30 minutes before the show officially begins) for the "warm-up" of a DJ playing old-school R&B and hip-hop, which got the audience dancing. The theater is beautiful and the service (ushers, etc.) was first-rate. A must-see when you're in NYC.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Took the subway up to Harlem late on a Saturday afternoon when in NYC. Just wanted to say we had seen the Apollo. You can get off at 125th Street and walk about a block and a half. It was smaller than we thought it would be. Did not go in; just took a few pictures and headed back to... More

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leldel@optonline.net
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Tight Old Theater with tremendous atmosphere. Had a great time for the Janelle Monae Concert. Orchestra Seating is where to be as the Upper Mezzanine will get warm when it full.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I'd been a bit apprehensive about going to Amateur Night at The Apollo- it seems like it could either be a) something that used to be genuine that had turned into a tourist trap, or b) something that was really local and not so friendly to tourists. BUT, it was the perfect combination of both. A genuine Harlem experience that... More

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