Apollo gets expensive facelift

The Hammersmith Apollo is set to re-open following a multi-million pound restoration programme. The owners of the Grade II* listed building say they have restored it to its 1930s Art Deco glory.

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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


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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