Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

253 West 125th St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 531-5300

Originally opened in 1914 as a burlesque theater for ‘whites only’, the 1,500+ capacity hall between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglas Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) is an important venue for African American performers. In addition to launching the highly successful Amateur Night in 1934, the Apollo Theater has also played a key role in the emergence of music genres like jazz, bebop, R&B, gospel and soul.

An extraordinary list of legends including Dizzy Gillepsie, Sam Cooke, Richard Pryor, Mahalia Jackson, Prince, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey, The Jackson 5 and Destiny’s Child, have graced the Apollo stage… Which is actually much smaller than you’d expect.  Yet for all its infamy, Wednesday night tickets to the famous Amateur Night at The Apollo range are less that $30 … Yup, even in 2017.


A, B, C, D to 125th St

Box Office Hours

Mon – Fri     10 am – 6 pm

Sat              12 pm – 5 pm