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Revamped: how the Apollo looks now

The renovation of the Hammersmith Apollo was overseen by award-winning architects Foster Wilson - and the venue will reopen for the first time on Saturday 7th September.

There are new seats in the stalls, while the seats in the circle have been raised and re-upholstered. Credit: ITN
Original features have been restored, or replaced in keeping with the original designs. Credit: ITN
The building includes many Art Deco features. Credit: ITN
Ornate wooden carvings feature in the design. Credit: ITN
The architects have tried to match the original paint scheme. Credit: ITN
The venue has a new bar. Credit: ITN
The foyer has also been freshly painted. Credit: ITN

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The glory days of the Apollo

The music and comedy venue now known as the Hammersmith Apollo originally opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace cinema.

It was designed in the Art Deco style by renowned theatre architect Robert Cromie - and is considered one of the UK's biggest and best-preserved Art Deco super cinemas.

The original exterior of the Gaumont Palace cinema. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.
The Art Deco building was extremely grand and opulent. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.
The renovation programme includes the restoration of the original floor mosaic panels in the foyer. Credit: Hammersmith Apollo.

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A sneak peak: Bill Bailey's return to the Apollo

The sign outside Hammersmith Apollo.... Credit: ITV London

Bill Bailey's team are making their final preparations before the comedian returns to the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. Tonight is the first of his new show, called "Qualm Peddler", where - as the name suggests - he talks about his qualms.

We got a look inside as final preparations were being made.

...and the stage inside Credit: ITV London