O2 Apollo Manchester

Last updated

O2 Apollo Manchester
O2 Apollo, Manchester.jpg
Facade of Manchester Apollo, 2015
Former namesApollo Theatre (1938–1962; 2010)
Manchester Apollo (1962–2003)
Carling Apollo Manchester (2003–2010)
AddressStockport Road
Ardwick Green
M12 6AP
Operator Live Nation
Designation Listed Building Grade II*
Capacity 3,500 [1]
Opened29 August 1938 (1938-08-29) [2]
Architect Peter Cummings
Alex Irvine
R. Gillespie Williams

The O2 Apollo Manchester (known locally as The Apollo and formerly Manchester Apollo) is a concert venue in Ardwick Green, Manchester, England. It is a Grade II listed building, [3] with a capacity of 3,500 (2,514 standing, 986 seats). [1] [4]



The building was designed by architects Peter Cummings, Alex Irvine, and R. Gillespie Williams, in an Art Deco style. [5] The building’s frontage consists of a glazed white terracotta façade. Its original purpose was as a multi-purpose cinema and variety hall and was opened by actress Margaret Lockwood.

In the 1970s, it stopped presenting films and became solely a concert venue.[ citation needed ]

It also hosts seated events to a capacity of 2,693. [1] Split into two levels, the upstairs contains permanently fitted seating, whereas the larger downstairs can be altered to suit the event; both levels view a single concert stage. The venue has no air-conditioning except in the "Whiteroom" hospitality area.

The venue hosts a large number of popular music-based concerts and other events throughout the year.[ citation needed ]

Concert management and advertisement is handled by Live Nation, merchandise is sold by the permanent resident concession company CMI Ltd, and first aid cover for all events is provided by St. John Ambulance.

In September 2010, the venue was rebranded as the O2 Apollo Manchester.[ citation needed ]

See also

Related Research Articles

Hammersmith Apollo music and entertainment venue in Hammersmith, London, England

The Hammersmith Apollo is an entertainment venue and a Grade II* listed building located in Hammersmith, London.

Ardwick District of Manchester

Ardwick is a district of Manchester in North West England, one mile south east of the city centre. The population of the Ardwick Ward at the 2011 census was 19,250.

Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre skyscraper and movie theater in Los Angeles, California, United States

The Pellissier Building and adjoining Wiltern Theatre is a 12-story, 155-foot (47 m) Art Deco landmark at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The entire complex is commonly referred to as the Wiltern Center. Clad in a blue-green glazed architectural terra-cotta tile and situated diagonal to the street corner, the complex is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States. The Wiltern building is owned privately, and the Wiltern Theatre is operated by Live Nation's Los Angeles division.

Adelaide Entertainment Centre An indoor arena located in the South Australian

The Adelaide Entertainment Centre (AEC) is an indoor arena located in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. It is used for sporting and entertainment events. It is the principal venue for concerts, events and attractions for audiences between 1,000 and 11,300.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool entertainment complex in Blackpool, England

The Winter Gardens is a large entertainment complex in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, which includes a theatre, ballroom and conference facilities. Opened in 1878, it is a Grade II* listed building, operated by Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited on behalf of Blackpool Council, which purchased the property from Leisure Parcs Ltd as part of a £40 million deal in 2010.

Edinburgh Playhouse theatre and music venue in Edinburgh, Scotland, a former cinema

Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity. The theatre is owned by Ambassador Theatre Group.

Everyman Palace Theatre theatre in Cork, Ireland

The Everyman Theatre is a 650-seat Victorian theatre on MacCurtain Street in Cork, Ireland. Originally opened in 1897, it is the oldest purpose-built theatre building in Cork. The Everyman has undergone many changes, through its days as "Dan Lowrey’s Palace of Varieties", life as a cinema, periods of disrepair, and redevelopment as a modern theatre in the 1990s.

National Stadium (Ireland) Boxing stadium in Ireland

The National Stadium which is located in Dublin, Ireland, is the only purpose built boxing stadium in the world. Built in 1939, National Stadium hosts over 55 days of boxing each year and a number of other events.

Troxy entertainment venue in Stepney, London

Troxy is a Grade II-listed Art Deco music venue on Commercial Road in Stepney, London. Built as a cinema in 1933, it closed in 1960 and became a training school for the London Opera Centre. In the 1980s the building was used as a bingo hall, and the Troxy was converted to a live events space in 2006. The building is considered a vital part of East London's history and was Grade II listed in 1990. It has a capacity of 3,100.

The Playhouse Theatre, originally known as the Hulme Hippodrome, was built in Hulme, Manchester, between 1901 and 1902 and opened on 6 October 1902. It and the nearby Grand Junction Theatre, built at the same time, were part of the theatrical empire of W. H. Broadhead. The two theatres were connected by an arcade, at the centre of which was Broadhead's company headquarters.

Hulme Hippodrome theatre in Hulme, Manchester, England

The Hulme Hippodrome, originally known as the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall, opened in Preston Street, Hulme, Manchester, on 7 October 1901. It and the nearby Playhouse Theatre in Warwick Street, built at the same time, were part of the theatrical empire of W. H. Broadhead. The two venues were connected by an arcade, at the centre of which was Broadhead's company headquarters. The architect was J.J. Alley. Initially the theatre staged mainly dramatic productions, while the Playhouse presented variety performances, but in 1905 the names and functions of the theatres were interchanged: the Hippodrome became the Grand Junction, and the variety performances were transferred to the new Hippodrome.

Capitol Theatre, Manchester former theatre in Didsbury, Manchester, later used as television studios

The Capitol Theatre was a cinema in Didsbury, Manchester later used as television studios by ITV contractor ABC from 1956 to 1968.

The Queen's Park Hippodrome was a theatre in Harpurhey, Manchester, England. It was built on the site of an old tramshed and opened on 25 April 1904. It initially staged variety, dramas, pantomimes, and revues, which gave way to "sizzlingly saucy" French variety acts towards the end of the theatre's life.

The Alhambra Theatre in Higher Openshaw, Manchester, England, was opened in 1910, part of the H. D. Moorhouse Theatre Circuit, but it had been converted to a cinema by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The cinema was converted into a bingo hall in the early 1960s. The auditorium was finally used as a sporting club, and what remained of the building was used as a restaurant, storage space and glass works. The Alhambra was demolished in 2009 to make way for a new Morrisons supermarket.

The Prince's Theatre in Oxford Street, Manchester, England, was built at a cost of £20,000 in 1864. Under the artistic and managerial leadership of Charles Calvert, "Manchester's most celebrated actor-manager", it soon became a great popular success. The theatre's first production, Shakespeare's The Tempest, took place on 15 October 1864; Calvert himself played Prospero and his wife took the role of Miranda. The Times newspaper of 18 October reported that the 1,590-seat theatre "was exceedingly well filled", and declared the evening "a brilliant success". The theatre subsequently became synonymous with Calvert's elaborate and historically accurate Shakespearian productions.

Aberdeen has been the host of several theatres and concert halls through history. Some of them have been converted or destroyed over the years.

Bradford Odeon is the name applied to two different cinemas in central Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. One, in Godwin Street, was built in 1930 and survives; the other, in Manchester Road, was built in 1938 and demolished in 1969.

Theatre Royal, Manchester Historic theatre in Manchester, England

The Theatre Royal in Manchester, England, opened in 1845. Situated next to the Free Trade Hall, it is the oldest surviving theatre in Manchester. It was commissioned by Mancunian businessman John Knowles who wanted a theatre venue in the city.

The Deco former cinema in Northampton, England, now a religious centre and multi-purpose venue

The Deco is a restored 1930s cinema and theatre located in the heart of Northampton, England. It is now operated as a venue for corporate, social and theatrical events.


  1. 1 2 3 "Venue amenities". O2 Apollo Manchester. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. Rudyard & Wyke 1994, p. 27
  3. "Apollo Theatre, Manchester". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  4. "Manchester Apollo". Carling. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  5. Harwood, Elain (2019). "Apollo Cinema / O2 Apollo". Art Deco Britain: Buildings of the interwar years. Pavilion Books. pp. 200–201. ISBN   978-1849946537.

Coordinates: 53°28′10.50″N2°13′20″W / 53.4695833°N 2.22222°W / 53.4695833; -2.22222