The Douglas Theater, Harlem, 1920

On 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue sat the Douglas Theater, depending on which of my sources is correct, either 600 or 2200 seats (which in 1935 expanded to 2300, which could indicate that an orchestra pit was covered over to add more seating). Continue Reading →

Vivian Harris, the Voice of the Apollo Theater (video)

vivian harris harlem ownVivian Harris, the woman known as the ‘voice of the Apollo’ for her long association with the famous Harlem theatre. Continue Reading →

Qoute of the Week: “It isn’t necessary to mix with colored people if you don’t feel like it…”

Jimmy_durante_1964Amid the fake palm trees of the Cotton Club, white America discovered black culture. Throughout the twenties, the limos lined up on 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues, known as Jungle Alley, with its slew of clubs, of which the Cotton Club was king. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Sugar Ray Robinson’s Sweet Success

On what would have been Sugar Ray Robinson’s 91st birthday, dignitaries and the sporting world gathered to unveil a ceremonial street sign in Harlem where the legendary boxer once owned a business. Continue Reading →

The Baby Grand, Harlem, 1953

The Baby Grand Bar at 319 West 125th Street (between st. Nicholas and 8th avenue), opened in 1953, it was a saloon with a bright mural of a piano above the door and a rich Art Deco décor. Continue Reading →

The Best Five Films Ever Made in Harlem

While The 84th Academy Award nominations are telling you who and what talent to keep your eyes on for the upcoming Oscars on February 26th, at 7 pm on ABC. We here at Harlem World Magazine thought we would nominate our best five films ever made in Harlem, starting with the best first. Continue Reading →