Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
4.5
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The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.
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Neighborhood: Harlem
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.
How to get there
  • 125th St • 3 min walk
  • 116th St • 10 min walk
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  • TheGaragiste
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amateur Night
    This was our first visit to Harlem and it was well worth the trip. The Apollo is a beautiful old venue and the atmosphere at Amateur Night was terrific. We were made so welcome and of course, the performers were (mostly) superb. Tickets were reasonably priced and the seats were comfortable. Front row recommended!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • NSD70
    Wallkill, New York319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Samara Joy - A Joyful Holiday
    I have not been to the Apollo Theater I. Over 20 years, it is just how I had remembered it. There is so much history in this building. I look forward to another show at the Apollo Theater. Samara Joy’s concert was amazing, what a talented woman.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Shelly C
    Auburn, New York418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience.
    My mother always wanted to go to the Apollo so we went and saw BeBe Winans and had a wonderful time. I would have liked to seen the double dutch jump rope competition the next day but we had to leave. The theater has so much history and the crowd was fantastic. If you like culture and experience, you need to go.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 13, 2024
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corky2112
Tea Gardens, Australia34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I booked through Ticketmaster and paid a hefty price for front row seats but during the process we received two free tickets to a concert in Austin, Texas, instead of our requested tickets to amateur night at the Apollo, we had been scammed. This seems to happen quite regularly and it must be rectified. We ended up having to pay $70 extra to be seated in nose bleed territory at the back of the balcony.
Other than that the show itself was enjoyable and the usherette who helped us (two elderly people) to our seats was most helpful.
Written October 6, 2022
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY267 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The largely foreign crowd at Amateur Night is enthusiastic, ready for some good acts to cheer or boo. Everyone is game for a good time. On the night we went, those competing were talented, but no future Jackson 5 emerged among them (maybe there were 8 or 10 acts). The crowd was not very raucous; boos were not uttered during our show. The show's host has corny jokes to keep the show going. No need to buy the expensive seats because almost all of the acts are vocalists that can be heard from anywhere - the acoustics are very good. Because interaction is encouraged and the acts are short, Amateur Night is more lively than going to a theatrical play. Teenagers and children might enjoy it more. It is not comparable to the talent shows on TV now because it is a much simpler experience, although they do have some modern media activities. Will you see the next social media darling? Maybe....
Written November 1, 2022
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Irene Eng
New York City, New York2,316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This legendary music hall in Harlem is locates between 7th Ave & 8th Ave. The interior is nice, walls are filled with memories.

It's the amateur night. The synergy is strong. Taking photos and videos are aggressively appreciated or ordered -:) and noise is encourage.

The performers are ok ... 

The bathroom is so tiny that I've hard time to close the door ...

Overall, it's a fun night.
Written February 17, 2022
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Lori M
California1,850 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I can't really rate it because we were not allowed inside to see the main theater. What a shame - they are arguable one of the largest draws to get people to Harlem and they only have tours 5x per week (and it's $17 per person) . We were there yesterday and they had a private tour going but they would not let us join in (there were other folks who also wanted to see the theater). they would not even let us peek in. they could really HELP the community by making it easier for tourists to visit!!! we would have seen a show there that night but there wasn't one. the lobby was small but had a beautiful chandelier and a small gift counter. very disappointing visit, they should step it up.
Written April 10, 2024
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Carrie A
Charlotte, NC671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
There is nothing showing at the time but you can still go in and look around. Always good for a photo op and to say that you got to see it in person. One of the legendary theaters in Harlem. Would not suggest going at night.
Written September 28, 2021
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TheGaragiste
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This was our first visit to Harlem and it was well worth the trip. The Apollo is a beautiful old venue and the atmosphere at Amateur Night was terrific. We were made so welcome and of course, the performers were (mostly) superb. Tickets were reasonably priced and the seats were comfortable. Front row recommended!
Written September 9, 2023
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Shelly C
Auburn, NY418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My mother always wanted to go to the Apollo so we went and saw BeBe Winans and had a wonderful time. I would have liked to seen the double dutch jump rope competition the next day but we had to leave. The theater has so much history and the crowd was fantastic. If you like culture and experience, you need to go.
Written January 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NSD70
Wallkill, NY319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I have not been to the Apollo Theater I. Over 20 years, it is just how I had remembered it. There is so much history in this building. I look forward to another show at the Apollo Theater. Samara Joy’s concert was amazing, what a talented woman.
Written December 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ladymo_uk
Leeds, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
If you visit with an open mind you'll love the crazy sights & sounds of Harlem. Book Amatuer night tickets (less than £20/$30) & arrive early so you can explore the area (museum & events in square round the corner). I promise you'll enjoy yourself & may even surprisingly be one of the highlights of your NYC trip. And don't shy to boo....!!! if you feel someone's rubbish (but not the child performers though) and hope you get to see/meet a legend. The Jacksons popped in to say hello & Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes performed when I was there. Afterwards go to Harlem Tavern for drinks, food & live music or try Red Rooster prior if you can affort to spend a bit extra.
Written January 25, 2013
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tahoerabbit
San Francisco37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010
I cannot say enough about the fun we had at Amateur Night at the Apollo. It was our first time at the theater and we are so glad we made the trip. The MC was Capone and he is just wonderful. He is very funny and did a great job getting the audience to fully participate in the show. The amateurs we saw that night were unbelievably talented. The band, Ray Chew & The Crew, is fantastic and the acoustics in the theater are great. We had front row seats which really made the experience special. The seats are dirt cheap so we took the best seats we could get and we are so glad we did. We were up dancing throughout the show and so was the rest of the crowd. You couldn't help it with all the great music. This definitely won't be the last time we go to Amateur Night at The Apollo. Do yourself a favor and go. You will definitely have a lot of fun.
Written January 5, 2011
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