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The lobby is gone. I remember how beautiful it was as a teenager in the ‘60’s. With the re-birth of Harlem I hope there will be some real efforts but forth to restore the remaining (?) theatres/cinemas.
Old and solid is ALWAYS better than new and plastic.
thank you so much. It is wonderful to see this theatre. I will visit it when I am in Greensboro.
the Harlem Opera House was right next door to the Apollo. The Lowes Vicoria Building is a few doors down, and the building still remains. I believe the renovation is still in the works but on hold for some reason.
I believe it is being incorporated into the renovations of the Apollo Theatre. You can contact Local Initiatives 212-455-9800 they are involved in the renovations and financing of the project.
My mother grew up in Greensboro and she told me about this theatre. Because she was African American she could only sit in the balcony on days designated for colored people. If this is not part of the history it should be.
It would be nice if the city had a little vision and incorporated the theatre into the plans for the new school. This would be a win-win situation for all. Be innovative. There will be an auditorium in the school anyway, make the old theatre the new auditorium. How can we expect our children to have any appreciation for the past and history if we keep tearing it down. You will never know where you are going if you don’t know or can’t remember where you’ve been. Besides all the nostalgia, the old construction is light years better than the new.
The ballroom has been restored. I attended a function there recently and the restoration is beautiful.
I have an original in color program of this theatre from 1907. Shows layout etc. In beautiful condition. On front states Percy Williams, manager. Not for sale but thought you might be interested in seeing it.
I have an original program from the Harlem Opera House from 1907, complete and in perfect condition, not for sale but thought somebody might like to see it. Also have a color program from Alhambra Theatre in harlem, 1907 in beautiful condition, not for sale but maybe somebody would like to see it.