The Apollo Theater is a legendary African American theater that is the heart and soul of Harlem. It has a national footprint too. There is something sacred about the theater. You feel it as soon as you enter.
Amateur Night at The Apollo on Wednesday nights is a legendary talent show. Over the years it launched the careers of many major artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Lauryn Hill. Showtime at the Apollo is a national television variety show.
Latin Culture at The Apollo Theater
Fri-Sat, November 22-23, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The leading Latino dance organization in the U.S. explores Latin identity through female choreographers Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrea Miller and Michelle Manzanales at the Apollo Theater
APOLLO THEATER, HARLEM, Fri-Sat, December 7-8, 2018 ~ America’s leading Latino dance company shows a Spanish contemporary take on Bizet’s French opera about the fiery Romani woman “Carmen”
APOLLO THEATER, HARLEM, Fri-Sat, December 1-2, 2017 ~ “Con Brazos Abiertos” (With open arms)
Winter Wonderland at The Apollo brings Santa under the marquee for picture taking and holiday activities at The Apollo Theater in Harlem on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2pm. Free. apollotheater.org 🇺🇸
November 23, 2022
One of America’s Great Theaters
The Apollo opened in 1913 during the Vaudeville Era, just in time for the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Back in the day, Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham became one of the godfathers of Rap with his famous refrain, “Here come the judge!”
It began focusing on African American talent in 1934. Jazz, Swing, R&B, Gospel and Blues shined on its stage. In the 1940s, the Apollo was a center for Jazz and Swing. It was part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-70s, which we call Harlem Renaissance 2.0. Today the Apollo Theater is at the center of the current renaissance in Black Arts which we call Harlem Renaissance 3.0.
Amateur Night at the Apollo
Many famous artists got their start at the Apollo’s legendary Wednesday night Amateur Night. The marquee names include: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, and Lauryn Hill.
The Apollo Theater is one of New York’s sacred places for all the legends who have graced its stage. You feel it when walk in. History was made here.