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Apollo West End

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
17-25 Lower Regent St
West End (London) UK

Record #3737  
 Opened: 1926
Capacity: 1896 seats
Architect(s): Frank T Verity
Architectural Style(s): Italian Renaissance
National Register:
Current Organ: Wurlitzer
 Also Known As: Plaza, Paramount Plaza, Plaza 1-4

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

Built by Paramount Pictures, this was a showcase cinema to screen their films. Seating was on 3 levels in stalls, mezzanine and circle. The original interior survived until 1967 when it was stripped out and twin cinemas were constructed within the original shell of the building. These opened in 1968 and were named Plaza (820 seats in the former circle) and Paramount (972 seats in the former stalls). These were again sub-divided into 4 screens in 1977 and remained in use until they closed in December 2001. The building was totally gutted and has now re-opened in September 2004 as the Apollo West End which has 4 small screens located in the basement area. A supermarket covers the ground floor and the remainder of the building is now offices. The original 1926 facade has been retained as it is Listed.

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October 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/28/2006.

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