Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

Here a vintage photo of the Apollo with a fade to the present day, via the What Was There website.

http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/40.809929,-73.950588/id/745/info/sv/zoom/14/

markp
markp on November 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Ed, sometimes when you type in the name of another theatre, say Victory, Times Square , Lyric etc, and go to that page then it will list nearby theatres. The Apollo might be found that way. I know that’s how I’ve had to do to find certain theatres in New Jersey.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I wonder why, as a longtime member of this site, I can’t find any info whatsoever about the OTHER Apollo in Manhattan, the one that stood on 42nd Street, near the Times Square, Victory, and Lyric Theaters? Can anyone help me out? Sometimes this site is extremely hard to navigate, for even the seasoned user, and I know that one of the reasons is that some theaters operated under a variety of names, and there’s no cross-referencing here. I wanted to help out a friend who had a question regarding the Apollo on 42nd Street, but I can’t refer him here, since even I can’t find it!

LuisV
LuisV on December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I can’t believe that no one posted about the live “Dreamgirls” engagement that occurred at the Apollo back in late 2009! (Myself included) It was incredible to be in the Orchestra seats watching this phenomenal show that actually has, as its opening scene, an amateur night performance set in the world famous Apollo! Though this production didn’t hold a candle to the original Broadway version with Jennifer Holliday, it was very enjoyable nonetheless made that much more special because it WAS the Apollo A wonderful presentation for one of New York’s most historic theaters.

spectrum
spectrum on May 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

The Apollo is immediately adjacent to the now-closed Victoria Theatre, and half a block west of the site of the noiw demolished Harlem Opera House. As you enter the lobby of the Apollo, the auditorium is off to the right. Likewise as you enter the lobby of the Victoria, the auditorium is off to the left. As a result, the back sides of the respective stage houses back up against each other.

It would be great if the Victoria were also restored and incorporated into the Apollo Theatre complex.

rrussell007
rrussell007 on March 31, 2010 at 10:26 am

The Apollo Theater, world renoun, and a historic monument. As a musician performing at the Apollo (the first time around in the mid 1970’s) was a dream-come-true, fascinating experience. I recall walking in, admiring the decor, and feeling the echos of past performances by some of the greatest entertainers in the world. May the spirit of the Apollo Theater continue to shine, long live the Apollo.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I found some indications that the Apollo ran movies from 1919-1922, 1934-1953 and 1970-1977, albeit between shows and sometimes matinees only. Does anyone know if they ran any in the fifties and sixties?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

According to the book series “HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA” (The Talkies, 1926-1931), the Harlem Apollo was briefly converted into a miniature golf location during the depression, known then as TOM THUMB GOLF.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

Well even though movies may have been a very unimportant part of it’s history, it’s nice that because of it’s short run with movies, it’s able to be listed on the site. So many “treasures” of theaters can’t be because of course this is CINEMA treasures, but there’s no website to preserve the history of non cinema theaters out there….

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Dang, beat me to it. Great pieces, though. They did postpone the lobby renovation, even though they raised just a bit more than half for the capital campaign.

LuisV
LuisV on February 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

As per the related article, There is an open house with tours today and tomorrow.

LuisV
LuisV on February 6, 2009 at 5:21 am

Thanks LM……In the photo, on the right side is “Weisbecker Markets”. It looks like a marquee from a theater. Was this a theater that had already been closed and converted to retail by 1935?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

The Apollo shows up in Paramount Week ads as showing movies at least as early as 1919.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

According to the NYTimes, black patrons were admitted into the balcony area starting in 1934, concurrent with some black headliners and the amateur nights.

LuisV
LuisV on January 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm

It’s rather poignant that the Apollo is celebrating 75 years with a grand restoration and (if you look closely at the photo) in the background is the marquee for the Victoria which is currently in limbo.

Bway
Bway on October 7, 2008 at 11:01 am

I thought that one day they would make the photo feature operate again. There are MANY really historic or famous theaters that don’t have a photo on the site!!

RedDawg
RedDawg on September 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Speaking of photos, I have been watching this site announcement ever since I became a member in Oct. 2003:

“Add Photo is offline
Due to the enormous number of photo submissions we’ve received at Cinema Treasures (over 3500 photos!), it has become necessary for us to completely overhaul our photo submission system.

“As a result, this feature is offline until we develop a more scalable system. If you have photos to submit to Cinema Treasures, please be patient. This feature will eventually return.

“The new systemâ€"which will offer expanded photo galleries, more browsing options, and other improvements— is worth the wait, but given the size of this website, we must develop this feature carefully.

“(Please do not email us asking when this feature will return. Whenever we have news about this feature, we’ll post it here first.)”

How long does this take? Really?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm

The “100” number refers only to those who were vocal.

William
William on September 29, 2008 at 9:57 am

Warren, there more then “about 100 people” in that picture from the NY Times.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, LM! I was not aware it was still showing films that far into the forties.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

LM, which Harlem Theatre is that in the May 8 photo?

LuisV
LuisV on September 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

The Apollo theater has just recieved another $1MM donation from one of its board members to be applied towards the completion of its renovation in time for its 75th Anniversary.

Too bad the Loew’s Kings doesn’t have this kind of support.

jflundy
jflundy on August 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Circa 1941 photo of Apollo from west of 8th Avenue:
View link

markp
markp on May 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm

That other marquee in the distance is of the old Loew’s Victoria 125th Street theatre, which later became the Victoria 5 theatres.