O2 Apollo Manchester

Stockport Road, Ardwick Green,
Manchester, M12 6AP

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terry
terry on September 2, 2014 at 5:32 am

From The British Pathe Library: The Beatles Live 1963:–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_GRLfW9PI4

From The British Pathe Library: Premiere of ‘Hell Is A City’ 1960:–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWwqR4UOonM

Derick Moss
Derick Moss on July 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I remember that Wimpy Bar, food was awful, and it was run by some female dragon whose name escapes me.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on July 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Apollo Did put screen in the cafe. My associate supplied the Projection Equipment

davidstirzaker
davidstirzaker on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

It was a Wimpey Bar in my time during the late 60’s

johncas
johncas on July 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

What was the building round the corner on Hyde road another entrance or another cinema

Derick Moss
Derick Moss on April 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I worked at the Apollo as Assistant Manager under Ken Cooper, someone I will always consider my mentor, in the 70’s. It was by far my favourite cinema and I loved the proscenium arch with it’s changing colours. Those changing rooms below stage could tell a few stories!

DelBoy
DelBoy on June 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The ABC Ardwick doubled as a cinema and as a district office for the ABC Cinemas group. Dougie Revis was the charming, sensitive, avuncular District Manager until 1969 when he was replaced by Jimmy Gold who was by comparison charmless, aggressive and (many people believed) altogether better suited to gangland thuggery than to cinema management.

One of the usherettes was Anna Ingham, an attractive and very presentable teenager who had clearly blossomed since junior school, where she had been well-known for having an almost-permanently runny nose.

eurotrampbaz
eurotrampbaz on March 28, 2012 at 6:35 am

left here in 1982,also showed The song remains the same.

projectionman
projectionman on October 23, 2011 at 2:43 am

i have worked at the apollo as a projectionist to show some of the pop concert films like pink floyd the wall and the song remains the same the projectors are ross gc3s on carbon arc and westrex valve sound i worked there in 1983

davidstirzaker
davidstirzaker on July 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

and the district number was J14.

The Beatles did indeed play there and Pathe News either did their first colour newsreel or cinemascope ratio for that concert

davidstirzaker
davidstirzaker on July 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

ABC Ardwick used to be the District Office for the Manchester area

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

The Apollo Theatre, both inside and out, is prominently featured in “The Charming Man,” an episode of the popular British TV mystery series, “Blue Murder.” The plot concerns the murder of a rising pop singer soon after he gave a concert at the Apollo. In the USA at least, “The Charming Man” can be found on DVD in boxed Set 4 of “Blue Murder.” I don’t know if it’s packaged that way elsewhere.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

Nice theatre and THE BEATLES played there.

laurajade18
laurajade18 on February 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I have been to the Apollo many times as a concert-goer, it was the first building to start my interest in old cinema buildings, it is absolutely stunning inside, fantastic surroundings to see a band in! So glad that it has been kept!

terry
terry on July 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Here is the link to The Beatles live at the ABC Theatre (as it was then) in 1963:–

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……..and here is a clip of the British première of ‘Hell is a City’ at the ABC Apollo (as it still was) in 1960:–

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

There is a newspaper ad for “Hell is a City” at the Apollo about halfway down this site. I couldn’t figure out where most of the theaters were that they were discussing here.
http://www.levyboy.com/cinema.htm

woody
woody on March 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

a photo of the side entry and ballroom building from 1989 when it was the Inn on the Green pub
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3390633122/

and of the front of the building
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3390634358/

Ian
Ian on February 11, 2007 at 6:36 am

More photos here.
Exterior:-
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Interior:-
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 20, 2005 at 1:37 am

A lovely auditorium photograph here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 9:48 am

A 1999 exteriot photograph of the Apollo Theatre here:
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ewm/ic7/82.jpg

Ian
Ian on July 29, 2004 at 3:24 pm

It is a complex and cumbersome mechanism which provides only limited protection. A fair description of the listing process can be found at

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Sadly there are too many occasions of a developer either appealling against the original listing and getting a building de-listed (Odeon Newcastle Upon Tyne) or allowing (assisting) a building to deteriorate to the point where demolition is the only viable option.

terry
terry on May 30, 2002 at 2:33 pm

THE APOLLO WAS AN ABC THEATRE FROM 1943 – 1977 AND WAS FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF THE COMPANY’S MOST IMPORTANT LIVE VENUES, HAVING A VERY LARGE STAGE AND EXTENSIVE DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES. IT IS FEATURED IN MANY PATHE NEWSREELS FOR SHOWS SUCH AS THE BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES (PATHE NEWS BEING AN ASSOCIATED BRITISH SUBSIDIARY) AND SHOWS WERE FREQUENTLY TELEVISED THERE AS ABC TELEVISION WAS BASED IN MANCHESTER.

TERRY CHARNOCK