Apollo Theater roars back to life to ecstatic crowds after pandemic-induced closure

For the first time since the pandemic began, Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater was once again filled with claps, cheers, and a standing ovation from an adoring crowd Saturday.

Michelle James of the Bronx was so pumped for the Apollo’s big return that she got in line three hours early to be the very first to get in.

“It’s exciting to be back after COVID,” James, a Bedford Park resident, said. “A year and a half, we haven’t been anywhere. We haven’t gone anywhere, done anything. To come back to the Apollo and the community to be together, it’s a fabulous thing.”

James has made countless visits to the Apollo over

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