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The Apollo Theater in Harlem, Manhattan The Apollo Theater in Harlem, Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY—The Apollo Theater located in Harlem has begun renovating the historic music hall. The initial phase in creating the Apollo Performing Arts Center will be the construction of two new theaters within the Victoria Theater redevelopment project located at 233 W. 125th St. The facilities will also house office space for the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Arts Alliance, and Jazzmobile. Empire State Development selected these three cultural organizations to enhance Apollo’s advocacy for African-American, African diasporic and Harlem-based artists and culture.

The renovations will allow the non-profit Apollo Theater to increase its programming, including educational and community content. It will also develop a theater rental subsidy program for non-profits.

Theater rendering at the Apollo Rendering of one of the theaters to be constructed in the Victoria Theater/ Image provided by the Apollo Theater

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, the two new theaters will be the first physical expansion of the Apollo in its 85-year history. Although the organization declined to provide a construction cost estimate, a spokesperson tells GlobeSt.com that the multi-million dollar initiative is being managed by Exact Capital and is an ongoing project.

The Apollo states the full redevelopment will include residential units, retail, and a hotel, along with the new theaters.

“The Apollo Theater is reaffirming its deep responsibility to our community and to the emerging and world-class artists with whom we work while, simultaneously, creating ways to offer even greater opportunities to artists, audiences, students, and the community and safeguarding the spirit and cultural character of Harlem,” says Apollo Theater president and CEO Jonelle Procope. She also comments that the project works towards “shepherding in the next generation of the creative workforce of color.”

Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim is the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis Lawyers.com, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.

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