Apollo Theater


253 West 125th Street

George Keister

BUILT 1914


RESTORED BY Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Davis Brody Bond


First floor interior consisting of:
● Main lobby
● Auditorium including the staircases leading to the first balcony level boxes, and the orchestra pit
First balcony floor interior consisting of:
● Upper part of the auditorium and ceiling
● Boxes
Fixtures and interior components of these spaces, including but not limited to, wall and ceiling surfaces, doors, murals, panels and railings


Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, the Interior of the Apollo Theater was for four decades starting in the 1930s one of New York City’s and the nation’s foremost arenas for leading popular black American performing talent; that it retains much of its original character, including its proscenium and flanking boxes and classically-inspired plaster ornament; that the interior evokes the history of the Apollo as one of New York’s great theaters; that the Apollo Theater represents the work of prolific twentieth-century New York theater architect George Keister; that its construction as Hurtig & Seamon’s New Theater reflects the early twentieth century entertainment history of vaudeville and burlesque in Harlem; that eh Apollo Theater continued Harlem’s earlier vaudeville tradition, in particular the tradition of Harlem theaters which displayed black performers in a variety show format; that the Apollo Theater was graced the by the presence of nearly all major black American performers at some point in their careers; and that the Apollo Theater reflects the migration of blacks to Harlem and represents the cultural contributions of Harlem and black Americans to New York City and the nation.”

LPC Designation Reports