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Manchester Apollo
Exterior of the Manchester Apollo
Ardwick Green
Country United Kingdom
Architect Peter Cummings
Alex Irvine
R Gillespie Williams
Capacity 3,500
Opened 1930
Previous names ABC Cinema Ardwick

The Manchester Apollo is a concert venue in Manchester, UK.

Locally known as 'The Apollo', it is a listed building with a capacity of 3,500 (2514 standing, 986 seats).[1]

The Manchester Apollo was originally built as a cinema in 1930, which later became ABC Cinema Ardwick. It was designed by architects Peter Cummings, Alex Irvine and R Gillespie Williams. Its original purpose was as a cinema and variety hall. It was opened by famous 1930s actress Margaret Lockwood.

Right up until the 1970s the venue continued to provide the same service to the public until the cinema industry declined and the variety side of the venue took over. It focused its resources on becoming a leading concert venue competing at that time with the likes of Maine Road. Many famous names in music and comedy have appeared at the venue. Acts to appear at the venue include The Beatles, Bob Marley, Oasis, Tracy Chapman, Dido, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Nightwish, and more recently Lady Gaga. It also hosts seated events to a capacity of 2,693. Split into two levels, the upstairs contains permanently fitted seating, whereas the larger downstairs can be altered to suit the event; both levels view a single concert stage. The venue has no air conditioning apart from in the 'Whiteroom' hospitality area (accessible only by those who have a Whiteroom credit card). As with all public buildings in England, the whole of the Apollo is no-smoking, and operates a strict no re-admittance policy.

The Apollo hosts a large number of popular music-based concerts and other events throughout the year and is one of Manchester's leading concert venues. Recent years have seen successful bands perform at both the Apollo and the [MEN Arena] on differing dates to create different atmospheres and reach different audiences.

It has a distinctive red ceiling and raked floor giving an excellent view of the stage from anywhere in the auditorium. Merchandise is sold in the lobby. There are three bars. The ground floor has two bars one off to the left hand side of the stage and one at the rear. There is also a bar on the second floor.

Its old cinema-style structure and size make it feel like a rather strange venue to some concert goers. It does provide fans the chance to be seated quite close to the stage in the circle though, with rows AA-FF being particularly close. The venue is located further away from the city centre than other venues, at the junction of the A6 (Stockport Road) and the A57 (Hyde Road) in Ardwick Green. Making parking more limited, with a number of smaller car parks operating close to the venue. It is stated that people should only use the official venue car parks, however it can be unclear to people which these are. On street parking is more limited than in the city centre itself, with some located in less desirable areas.

Concert management and advertisement is handled by Live Nation, merchandise is sold by the permanent resident concession company Pantheon Franchise Ltd. and first aid cover is provided for all its events by St. John Ambulance.


Coordinates: 53°28′10.50″N 2°13′20″W / 53.469583°N 2.22222°W / 53.469583; -2.22222

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