The Apollo Theater is the most sought out attraction in New York. Located in Harlem at 253 West 125th St many locals and tourists visit regularly to enjoy the influence of the history, preservation and creative voices for performing artists. The theater is home to amateur night, special events and regular scheduled shows.
The theater is owned by The Apollo Theater Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was first established in 1991. This foundation is solely dedicated to preserving the development and legacy of the theater. This is execute through live performances from world class artists and education programs that influence and honor the advancement of African American artists and emerge the creative voices thru artistic and cultural media.
The Apollo Theater isn’t just a historical monument it is a big source for the accomplishment of the American artist with symbolism and pride. It does come with a rich history, but its significant source is today’s music and artist. It is also considered the supporter for African American culture and accomplishment with chronicles of American History.
The Apollo Theater was known as the neo-classical theater back in the day. It was designed by George Keister. The first owner was Sidney Cohen and then in 1914 Harry Seamon and Benjamin Hurtig took over ownership with obtaining the building for more than 25 years. It was then when it was named Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater.
1933 was the era when New York City’s Mayor Fiorello La Guardia campaigned against the burlesque with hopes of closing it down for good. La Guardia was successful with closing the theater, but it reopened by Cohen in 1934 as 125th Street Apollo Theater.
The theater changed hands many of times during from 1934 until 1983. Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher took it over in 1935, Percy Sutton in 1981 and then the Apollo Theater Foundation in 1983.
Events and Programs
The Apollo is known for its international charities that are towards the development of American music from the 20th century. Since the day the doors were opened the theater has always served as a stepping stone for many performers of all time. Continuation of supporting artists is done through a variety of performance programs such as Apollo Amateur Night, Apollo Music, Apollo Music Café, Legacy, Harlem Jazz Shrines, Salon Series, International Festival and Special Projects.
Book the living monument for many special events. The theater is always in use whether there is a great concert underway or it is reserved for a private event such as fashion show, wedding, graduation, trade show, product launch, conference or performance.
Visiting the Apollo Theater
You can visit the most visited and loved music theaters in New York. There is a full schedule of events on the website with box office information including dates, times and cost. Planning a trip to the famous theater is simple. Use the calendar to plan your trip to experience Harlem in its true light. There are many accommodations to help with reliving Harlem’s Renaissance.