Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

45 Queen Caroline Street,
London, W6 9QH

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DavidZornig on December 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

The Beatles did several Christmas shows at the Odeon Hammersmith. Below is both video and still shots from 1964 & `65.




CF100 on October 1, 2017 at 6:22 am

Brintons Carpets also have uploaded a video with shots of the Apollo and (advertorial) background information on the new carpet design.

CF100 on September 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Brintons Carpets case study with photos.

“A hand painted design created in the 1930’s was selected and served as inspiration for the final carpet design.”

Very, very nice!

SethLewis on January 27, 2016 at 5:54 am

Restaurants and bars around the corner tarted up too Looking forward to seeing Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer Feb 15th

Live within walking distance and happy that its listed!

boristhebassman on January 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

I’m always amazed how little thought was given to projector siting in otherwise magnificent buildings

RonKnee on December 21, 2015 at 5:14 am

I was a Manager here for 3 years from 1969 – 1971. It was very hard work to run this large building which had a capacity of 3500 and with two shows a night giving a total of 7000 through the doors took a great deal of organising. I still have great memories from those days. I was very pleased to write the report that saw this magnificent building up listed to Grade II* on the 27th July 2004.

mrchangeover on July 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

There is a 7 minute YouTube video of the Hammersmith Odeon projection room in 1987. It’s under “Odeon Hammersmith” but if you add “projection” it will be the first video listed.

mrchangeover on July 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

Many of the big old Gaumont theatres had projection rooms that were at the rear of a recessed oval in the ceiling. This mean that for many of them, the projectionists had to cross the roof of the building to get to the projection room. Sometimes the rake of the projectors was so steep the screen had to lean backwards, making it difficult for people in the front of the main floor to watch the movie. I find it difficult to believe that this is the best the architects could do when they had a 2500-3000 seat building to work with. A projection room over the rear of the balcony would have been a far better solution and would not have reduced the number of seats.

theonlysbf on January 21, 2014 at 5:35 am

I worked here in the early 1980’s not a good time for a cinema they had 2 clapped out Vic 10s with knackered gearboxes that leaked oil as fast as you could fill them, carbon arc and mercury rectifiers out in a shed on the roof it was like running a cinema with equipment from the arc. The rake on the projectors had them almost standing on their lens, the portholes were about a foot from the floor making change overs a nightmare. All capped off with the most rude crass useless chief I had ever worked for and a senior that (really) could not tie his own shoes (brother in law). They were only interested in the live shows.

HowardBHaas on September 10, 2013 at 5:37 am

Restoration done, photos here Prepare to have your socks knocked off! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414149/Hammersmith-Apollo-opens-doors-5million-refit-restored-art-deco-designs.html

HowardBHaas on July 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Thanks to Ken Roe for finding this July 24 Evening Standard article about the current restoration. Have placed details in the Introduction above but more photos here. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/liftoff-for-hammersmith-apollos-art-deco-restoration-mission-8729487.html

70mmbobbyj on July 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Up loaded a couple of photos from the interweb, I must say looking good. you can get a better view from google street view.

glyn_lewis on February 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

The exterior impersonates the deluxe supercinema in “The Smallest Show on Earth”, the interiors being filmed atthe Odeon Richmond.

jasonmullen888@btinternet.com on June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

Back in 1932 no one could have imagined it would one day change hands for £32 Million

CSWalczak on May 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Most recently owned by HMV; sold in 2012 to an American-German firm called Stage C: View article

DavidZornig on May 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

David Gray’s “Life In Slow Motion” tour played the Hammersmith in 2006. Just happened to catch the venue’s name on his “Hospital Food” live performance on YouTube. Not much of the Hammersmith, other than darkly lit stage shots.

andygarner on June 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

Re the film projectors:

The original 35mm system was removed some years ago and the digital system described in a previous post is now in place. One of the the last films to be shown in 35mm was “Who Framed Roger Rabbit ” in 1988…..was it really that long ago?

Playhousegoer on April 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Hi Keith…

…to answer your question on the film projectors, I have absolutely no idea.

keiths on April 19, 2010 at 3:47 am

Are the film projectors still there? I remember a hybrid show some years ago, when the Blues Brothers appeared live on stage preceeded by a screening of the original film.

Playhousegoer on December 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm

The Who’s 1973 album Quadrophenia View link has a large photographic booklet accompanying the album. Within this booklet it has a great picture of the group leaving the then called Odeon Hammersmith: at 2 minutes and 48 seconds into the clip, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI3SyaqZwpE.

All very wonderful and nostalgic for both band and cinema…

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HowardBHaas on December 29, 2009 at 4:58 am

I understand from other reports as to the following:
New digital projectors have been installed in the original projection box at the Apollo, together with a very large collapsible screen.Audio systems are rigged and derigged for film events.

64 ft wide screen.

2 barco 2000 2k overlapping projectors : installed fulltime by HMV/Curzon.

very impressive picture : used for the world premier of “it might get louder ” docu feature.

projectors are staying full time.

rrussell007 on November 18, 2009 at 1:36 pm

During the peaking years of the disco era (1978) I played drums at the Hammersmith with disco giant Sylvester, and also returned to the theater a few nights after our performance to catch my friends, George Clinton and Parliment/Funkadelic. The Hammersmith reminded me of the some the theaters in the USA such as the one and only Apollo Theater in New York. It’s good to know the Hammersmith is still going strong and it’s well kept. Long live the Hammersmith!!

jazzboy on January 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm


I’ve now uploaded several more pics of the organ and the launch party in July 2007:

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