Legendary live venue Hammersmith Apollo
to receive multi-million pound upgrade
Revamp to recreate its iconic 1932 Art Deco design, and will be unveiled to the public on 7th September
*Update* Hammersmith Apollo renamed Eventim Apollo *Update*
The Hammersmith Apollo, one of the world’s best-known live entertainment venues, is to be restored to its former 1932 Art Deco glory thanks to a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The renovation is being meticulously overseen by the award-winning Foster Wilson Architects and is scheduled for completion at the end of August, ahead of the refurbished venue’s first concert; teen pop sensation Selena Gomez on Monday 07 September.
The refurbishment will also see the return of the two marble staircases currently hidden beneath the extended stage. Whilst in the circle the original windows will be revealed allowing natural light to again flood the circle bar.
There will also be newly constructed bars and new seats in the stalls, whilst the seats in the circle will be raised in height and re-upholstered improving legroom and comfort. By re-organising the stalls seating layout, the Hammersmith Apollo has been able to double the space available for wheelchair users.
The Hammersmith Apollo has been woven throughout rock history thanks to the countless legendary performances including David Bowie’s final Ziggy Stardust concert, Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 Born to Run shows and spine-tingling shows by greats such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles and Duke Ellington as just a small sample of the rich history of the venue.
Since the 1990s the Hammersmith Apollo has seen comedy stars grace the stage, including sold-out runs by Chris Rock, Michael McIntyre and Billy Connolly. As a testament to the venue’s comedy credentials, in 2004 the Hammersmith Apollo became the permanent home to the prime-time BBC stand-up comedy show, Jack Dee Live at the Apollo (later renamed Live at the Apollo in 2007).
The Hammersmith Apollo originally opened on 28 March 1932 as the Gaumont Palace cinema, designed in the Art Deco style by renowned theatre architect Robert Cromie. The building is one of the United Kingdom’s biggest and best-preserved Art Deco super cinemas.
The original 1932 Compton pipe organ, a rarity today, which was removed from the Hammersmith Apollo in the 1990s only to be put back and fully restored in 2007. Organs were a popular feature of cinemas in the pre-war period and were used to entertain visitors during film intervals.
Refurbishment of the Hammersmith Apollo is scheduled for completion at the end of August, ahead of the new and improved Apollo’s first concert; teen pop sensation Selena Gomez on Monday 07 September.
The newly refurbished Hammersmith Apollo will open in…