With the addition of the television show Showtime at the Apollo, the theater continues to be a popular launching pad for new talent.
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Where Stars Are Born…
The Apollo Theater opens in Harlem, New York
The Apollo Theater originally opened in 1913 as one of the city's leading burlesque venues for white-only audiences.
In 1932, powerful theatrical landlord Sydney S. Cohen purchased the theater and went to work refurbishing the entire venue. When it reopened its doors in 1934, patrons and performers of all races were welcomed.
The new Apollo Theater featured an "Amateur Night," which invited talented singers and dancers to the stage. "Amateur Night" helped launch the careers of numerous stars, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, and Lauryn Hill.