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The O2 Apollo Manchester (known locally as The Apollo and formerly Manchester Apollo) is a concert venue in Ardwick Green, Manchester, England. It is a Grade II listed building,[3] with a capacity of 3,500 (2,514 standing, 986 seats).[1][4]

O2 Apollo Manchester
O2 Apollo, Manchester.jpg
Facade of Manchester Apollo, 2015
Former namesApollo Theatre (1938–1962; 2010)
Manchester Apollo (1962–2003)
Carling Apollo Manchester (2003–2010)
AddressStockport Road
Ardwick Green
M12 6AP
OperatorLive Nation
DesignationListed Building Grade II*
Opened29 August 1938 (1938-08-29)[2]
ArchitectPeter Cummings
Alex Irvine
R. Gillespie Williams
Venue Website


The building was designed by architects Peter Cummings, Alex Irvine and R. Gillespie Williams in an art deco style. The building’s frontage consists of a glazed white terracotta façade. Its original purpose was as a multi-purpose cinema and variety hall and was opened by actress Margaret Lockwood.

In the 1970s it stopped presenting films and became solely a concert venue.

It also hosts seated events to a capacity of 2,693.[1] 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 except in the "Whiteroom" hospitality area.

The venue hosts a large number of popular music-based concerts and other events throughout the year.

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

In September 2010, the venue was rebranded as the O2 Apollo Manchester.

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  1. ^ a b c "Venue amenities". O2 Apollo Manchester. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. ^ Rudyard & Wyke 1994, p. 27
  3. ^ "Apollo Theatre, Manchester". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Manchester Apollo". Carling. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  • Rudyard, Nigel; Wyke, Terry (1994), Manchester Theatres, Bibliography of North West England, ISBN 0-947969-18-7

Coordinates: 53°28′10.50″N 2°13′20″W / 53.4695833°N 2.22222°W / 53.4695833; -2.22222

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