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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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Legendary place

The area's deprived, though safer than it might look. The theatre is a must-visit for us on every trip. Amateur Night on Wednesdays is especially good, with wannabe stars of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area's deprived, though safer than it might look. The theatre is a must-visit for us on every trip. Amateur Night on Wednesdays is especially good, with wannabe stars of tomorrow competing against each other & to stay on the stage (the audience decide via cheering or booing!). Fantastic history-steeped venue that demands returning to...

Thank Taofique
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Amateur Night Christmas special last Saturday. This group of teens were out of this world! The talent was stunning. It was the perfect mix of singing, dancing, instrumental solos and comedy. We will definitely go back next year. It was a fun date night!

Thank Allison2468
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

You've read about it and it continues to delight people, both solid New Yorkers and visitors from out of town. The tours are well worth while, but almost every night there is a great show. Amateur Night -- go once -- I dare you to not go again! Wonderful

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

We had the chance to take the Apollo theater tour and it was very informative and interesting. Learning on how many celebrities started off on that stage was mind boggling. We also had the chance to step on that same stage and see what the comedians are looking at. Nice tour and very interesting history.

Thank Steve R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

That place is music history and they still make concerts almost everyday there. All sorts of Martians and musicians are t

Thank Oleg D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We went to the infamous Amateur Night it was THE BEST!!! So glad we went from the moment we walked thru the doors the atmosphere was just a happy party vibe. The dj DJ Jess was so good he had everyone up on their feet dancing away. The host Capone was hilarious and had everyone laughing all night. The talent... More 

1 Thank Amie S
Dee Why, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We went to the (in)famous amateur night where amateur performers grace the stage to attempt to elicit cheers not jeers. Get ready for the audience to freely boo performers off the stage and to get involved. The professional hosts, MC and DJ were pretty good. The amateurs were mixed. The audience fired up. It is worth going just to see... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We went to the Apollo Theatre on a Wednesday night which is Amateur night! This was one of the best experiences of our New York trip! Amateur Night is where stars such as Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald were discovered and you get to be a part of new discoveries! It's massively fun, everyone is dancing and whistling - they... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I love the Apollo. It makes me feel like I've stepped back into time to experience what it was like back then. They have upgraded the outside so it looks even better. If you are able to see amateur night please go. It is so much fun. When I went we boo'ed some of the people but it is tradition.... More 

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Easton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

A great venue with incredible history. I would recommend adding this to your bucket list. The area is safe and well lighted.

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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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