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Photo from the Klaus Weber collection
160 Victoria Street
Victoria (London) UK SW 1

Record #3677  
 Opened: 1928
 Closed: 1977
 Current Use: Restaurant
Capacity: 2000 seats
Architect(s): George Coles
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: The Venue

Information for this tour was contributed by Klaus Weber.

The Metropole opened in 1928 with a capacity of 2000 seats. It was used as a cinema until 1977, when it was sold to Richard Branson's Virgin Group. He transformed the cinema into a music hall (live concerts and disco) called "The Venue" to promote the artists of his own label. Balcon was still intact at this time. In 1984, the Metropole was demolished and replaced by an office skyscraper. For the same cause, the Classic Cinema (1936-1980, 604 seats), located at 152 Victoria Street, was also demolished, but both entrance halls were preserved. Restaurants took their place there.

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October 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Photos from the Klaus Weber collection.

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