Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

45 Queen Caroline Street,
London, W6 9QH

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theonlysbf on January 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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 1:37 pm

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 11:05 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 10:49 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 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

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

Jasonmullen on June 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

CSWalczak on June 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

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

DavidZornig on May 25, 2011 at 3:01 am

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 6:31 pm

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 9:46 pm

Hi Keith…

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

keiths on April 19, 2010 at 11:47 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 31, 2009 at 3:30 am

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 12:58 pm

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 9:36 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 10:09 pm


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

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Restoration work has now been completed on the Compton theatre organ and its capabilities have been shown off to the new owners. Hopefully some concerts will be arranged in the future.

HowardBHaas on July 27, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I understand that former owneres Clear Channel turned Live Nation sold this theater to The MAMA Group www.mamagroup.www.m
for thirteen million pounds.

jazzboy on April 25, 2007 at 2:58 pm

My company, HWS Associates, is currently restoring the magnificent 4 manual, 15 rank Compton organ at the Apollo.


Ian on December 19, 2005 at 1:44 pm

Recent pictures of the Hammersmith Apollo can found

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and auditorium again
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 12, 2005 at 4:26 pm

In 1957, when known as the Gaumont, the exterior was used as a location in the British movie “The Smallest Show on Earth” starring Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers.

In the film the young couple who have inherited a closed down ‘flea-pit’ cinema decide to go to a real movie palace to see how things should be run. This was called the ‘Grand’ in the movie and they join the queue outside (poster frames advertising Danny Kaye “Knock on Wood” & Stephen Murray “Guilty?”). Scenes inside the auditorium were filmed at the Odeon, Richmond, located just to the West of London. /theaters/6260/

The exterior of the ‘flea-pit’ Bijou Cinema in the film was a mock up errected between two railway bridges in Kilburn, North London (site is still there today) and the interior was a studio set.

Edd on November 6, 2002 at 11:27 am

This was a lovely theatre when I worked there. What a lot of people don’t know is most of the decorative wall panels are glass, painted to match the rest of the walls.

This glass was lighted from behind in 3 colors,very nice!!!