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The Apollo Theater
Transcript of The Apollo Theater
It was later turned into a theater, but was closed down at the turn of the century. History The new Apollo Theater, designed by architect George M. Kaiser, was founded in a different location in 1913.
It was owned by various Jewish families until World War II.
After the War, the Apollo grew more famous for launching the careers of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and Johnny Lee. History (cont.) Extra Facts The theater draws about 1.3 million visitors per year!
Someone called an "executioner" used a broom to literally sweep performers off the stage when the audience had had enough. Mission The Apollo Theater: What is it? wiseGEEK.com It has been known country-wide for its African American acts, but it was actually first open to whites-only.
It was later reopened almost exclusively to African American performers.
The theater is currently run by a non-profit organization: the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. "The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater through the Apollo Experience of world-class live performances and education programs that:
honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists; and
advance emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media" <Richard, Cicely A."The History of Harlem Renaissance".eHow. DemandMedia,Inc., 1999-2012. Web. August16,2012.> Works Cited <History of the Apollo Theater. "UrbanAreas.net". PhpBBgroup,2010-2011. Web. August17,2012> <“What is the Apollo Theater?” wiseGEEK. Conjecture Corporation, 2003-2012. Web. August23,2012.> Taken from the official website of Apollo Theater Harlem The Apollo Theater: What is it? Located on 125th street in Harlem, NY, the Apollo Theater is a main objective in a performer's life, whether they be a musician, comedian, dancer, or singer's life.
The theater has been refurbished and renovated many times, the latest being in 2005.