Apollo Theater


253 W. 125th St.,
New York,
United States,

Designated a landmark in 1983, the historic Apollo Theater originally opened in 1914 and evolved to become the premier performance venue for African-American artists from the 1930’s through the present. Such famous musicians as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Miles Davis have graced the Apollo’s stage, and the Apollo Theater Foundation continues to nurture aspiring African-American performers and preserve the historic theater. Amateur Night at the Apollo still serves as a launching pad for these young artists, with winners receiving a $10,000 grand prize. Past winners have included Gladys Knight and Jimi Hendrix.