Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
4.5
About
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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Neighbourhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood, 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • NSD70
    Wallkill, New York320 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Shelly C
    Auburn, New York442 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
    Travelled with family
    Written January 13, 2024
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia1,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harlem Landmark
    Was staying down in lower Manhattan, but made a trip up just to be able to see the historic landmark. The area is buzzing. Their's a gift shop in the lobby, but depending on the day, they might not let you in. Love that shows are still happening there all the time. It's right around the corner from the 125th Street station.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2024
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA1,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Was staying down in lower Manhattan, but made a trip up just to be able to see the historic landmark. The area is buzzing. Their's a gift shop in the lobby, but depending on the day, they might not let you in. Love that shows are still happening there all the time. It's right around the corner from the 125th Street station.
Written May 31, 2024
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Bonnie A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It was great visiting the historic Apollo .Growing up. I watched many shows on TV there. I loved finally having a chance to sit there myself.
Written May 29, 2024
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I didn't have enough time to visit it, but the next time I am in NYC, I'll definitely watch a show there. Michael Jackson was also performing there.
Written April 23, 2024
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Lori M
California1,909 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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Shelly C
Auburn, NY442 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, NY320 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.

Andy B
Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The energy of the crowd was great. The host encouraged audience participation. (jeering, booing, etc.) :)
Written September 24, 2023
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TheGaragiste
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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
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.

veronak
505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately when we arrived the theater was closed; however, it was still worth visiting this historical site.

There’s a small gift shop inside as well.

I’d recommend that you try to visit when the venue is open.
Written May 29, 2023
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Wander53199833841
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
i ditched a broadway musical to see the amateur night, after I visited this place during a day tour and the guide recommended it. After hearing about this place and reading all the names in front of the entry it was an easy choice. And the best one I´ve made on this trip. I had the best night and the vibe was amazing from the beginning to the end. You immediatly get sucked into the energy of the audience find yourself laughing, screeming, shouting and maybe even booing. I had so much fun.
Written March 21, 2023
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