Apollo Victoria Theatre

17 Wilton Road,
London, SW1V 1LL

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Roger04
Roger04 on August 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I Managed the New Victoria together with the Metropole across the road in Victoria Street 71 to early 74 including in addition to the regular one nighters and dance seasons the last London Run of the Black and White Minstrels for which the Theatre was redecorated, I hesitate to say lavishly, in a colour scheme similar to that on opening. I also introduced in this time the closure of the FOH doors except for exit only on the Vauxhall Bridge Road side of the building having got fed up with the public using the foyer as a short cut to and from the station particularly at afternoon rush hour. It is nice to see on a recent visit that this is now a firmly established practice. The New Victoria is a great theatre, wonderful auditorium and not known to the public, spacious back stage production and dressing space. There is a complete set of properly lite architects photographs taken at the time of the theatre opening held by and available for view, at the National Photo Archive in Saville Row.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

markp: No, this is the Apollo Victoria Theatre, located in the Victoria area of central London.

The Apollo Theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End district was the theatre in the news last night which had a large section of its main auditorium ceiling collapse into the orchestra level, which also caused damage to the front of the dress circle. Luckily no one was killed although there were seven admitted to hospital with serious (though not life threatening injuries) and 79 others were injured. The Apollo Theatre, was built & opened in 1901 and has seating for 771 in orchestra, dress circle, balcony and upper circle levels. The upper circle is the steepest in London’s West End. It is a Grade II Listed building has always been a playhouse/live theatre, so is not eligible for inclusion on Cinema Treasures.

The accident happened around 40 minutes into a performance of the National Theatre’s hit production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” which had been playing to sell out capacity audiences since opening in March 2013. The cause of the ceiling fall is being investigated, and one possible cause is that London suffered a violent thunderstorm with 15 lightning strikes in one hour and 8mm of rain and hailstones fell! All performances at the theatre have been cancelled until at least 4th January, 2014.

markp
markp on December 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

Is this the theatre that was on the news last night about the ceiling falling onto patrons during a performance?

abcman
abcman on November 3, 2008 at 5:45 am

In 1982 met the late Australian soprano June Bronhill in her dressing room after a performance of ‘The Sound Of Music’ (The Petula Clark production). A wonderful experience. Recently visited this fabulous building to see ‘Wicked’. Always great to sit in this wonderful atmospheric auditorium.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 30, 2007 at 7:23 am

2005 auditorium photos, 18th & 19th photos here:
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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 16, 2006 at 6:52 pm

This theatre makes an unusual cameo appearance of sorts in “The Return of the Pink Panther” by clearly serving as the inspiration for the theatre setting for the opening animated credits sequence.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 23, 2006 at 8:11 am

Two vintage photographs oh the New Victoria Theatre:
The Wilton Road entrance in September 1949 playing the Gaumont release:
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The Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance seen undergoing restoration in the same week;September 1949:
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greensleeves
greensleeves on February 24, 2006 at 9:34 am

What a fabulous cinema this was! You really did feel that you had entered an underwater cavern especially with the blue/green lighting effects. I visited many times in the early 1970’s when it was showing double bills of mainly horror films. A couple I remember being ‘What’s The Matter With Helen?’(Debbie Reynolds & Shelly Winters) and ‘Blood and Lace’ (Gloria Grahame). The place was always virtually empty but how incredible it was just to sit in such splendour! There were many cinemas in the Victoria area even in the 70’s – The Metropole, The Classic, The Biograph, The News Theatre, now I guess this is the only survivor.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2006 at 8:16 am

A night view of the Wiltern Road entrance as “Starlight Express” nears the buffers on its 20 years run at the Apollo Victoria:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2005 at 1:14 pm

A view across the stalls of the New Victoria Theatre at opening in 1930:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 18, 2005 at 1:16 pm

The Wiltern Road facade of the Apollo Victoria Theatre with “Saturday Night Fever” on stage in October 2005:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 15, 2005 at 12:33 am

The auditorium of the New Victoria Theatre from the circle in 1973 here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 14, 2005 at 7:55 am

A vintage 1949 photograph of the Wilton Road entrance to the New Victoria Theatre here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 12:48 am

More history and photographs of the Apollo Victoria here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 19, 2004 at 9:31 am

Ian Grundy’s exterior view photo above, shows the slightly less ornate entrance on Vauxhall Bridge Road.

albert
albert on December 16, 2004 at 1:37 am

Two years ago I went a second time to the Apollo Victoria to see a musical. The building is now renovated, especially the wonderful auditorium. When they played Starlight Express, they painted a lot of the walls black. But now you can see the cinema in its former glory.
Albert Knapp, Frankfurt/Main, Germany