The two most popular northeastern entertainment giants, where many of our R&B, Jazz,
Comedians, and Gospel artists received their start in the musical & entertainment
industry, is the ApolloTheater of New York City, and Uptown Theater of Philadelphia, Pa.
The Gospel Depot will follow the examples of these two great entertainment ancestors,
by breaking new ground for the first and only gospel award base located in the
northeastern State of Pennsylvania.
This is where Gospel Groups, Choirs, Soloists, Comedians, Rappers, Poets, Praise
Dancers, Drama Teams, Mime Artists and other Gospel ministries can showcase their
talents to glorify God and bring souls to Christ.
The Northeastern Gospel Image Awards is simply designed to acknowledge the talents
and efforts of these gifted individuals by presenting them with an image award.
As many of you already know, there are many talented individuals in our area, especially
our youth, who need to be encouraged to share the gifts and talents that GOD has
blessed them with.
We at the Gospel Depot encourages the development of Gospel creative expression as
an alternative to unproductive time wasted on the streets, or some other unlawful activity.
The Apollo Theater in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan New York City is a music
hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers. It was the home of Showtime
at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent,
from 1987 to 2008, encompassing 1,093 episodes.
The theater, which has a capacity of 1,506, opened its doors in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon's
New Burlesque Theater, and was designed by George Keister in the neo-Classical style.
It became the Apollo in 1934, when it was opened to black patrons. Previously it had been
a whites-only venue. In 1983, both the interior and exterior of the building were designated
as New York City Landmarks, and the building was added to the National Register of
Historic Places. It is estimated that 1.3 million people visit the Apollo every year.
The Uptown Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also known as Uptown Theater and
Office Building, is an Art Deco building built in 1927. It was designed by the Philadelphia
based architectural firm of Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris.
The Uptown Theater is located on 2240 N. Broad Street. It became a major venue on the
chitlin circuit, from 1951-1978. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
It briefly reopened as a church in the 1980s until water damage occurred and caused it to
close in 1991. In 2001, the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation bought the
building with plans for renovation.
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|HISTORY OF THE UPTOWN THEATER
|NORTHEASTERN GOSPEL IMAGE AWARDS
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