From Apollo Theater website
Convinced that restoration of the Apollo Theater will provide a dramatically improved experience for its devoted audience, the Apollo's leadership took a bold step toward this vision, moving forward with a comprehensive renovation of the historic Apollo Theater in January 2002.
Phase I of this major renovation project is already complete which includes installation of state-of-the-art digital lighting and sound systems; repairs to the roof; new carpeting, seat repairs and ADA compliance to give greater wheelchair accessibility and provision of infra-red listening devices for the hard of hearing. The heating and air-condition system was optimized by re-routing current HVA system to make it more efficient and comfortable for both the artists and the audience. In addition, two display areas showcasing future phase renovation of interior theater walls, molding and details were completed to allow our patrons a sneak preview of future revitalization plans.
Phase 1b of the renovation restoration of the Apollo south facade recently commenced with the dismantling and removal of the landmark Apollo blade sign and the historic Apollo marquee. Future restoration phases will include among other things, renovation and restoration of the front façade of the theater; the installation of a new marquee and signage; the completion of a new gift shop; the installation of new seating; new HVAC system and complete restoration of the auditorium and lobby area.
Attracting old and new patrons alike, a revitalized Apollo will:
Offer a broad range of cultural, retail and community outreach activities
Serve as the economic development anchor for the emerging 125th Street Cultural District
Leverage the powerful Apollo name to create a state-of-the-art cultural resource
Strengthen the Apollo's position as one of New York City's top attractions
A revitalized Apollo will bring entertainment, employment and community development opportunities to the surrounding community, while expanding the Apollo's far-reaching ability to influence trends and shape popular culture for decades to come.