Apollo - Greens Playhouse

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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Josef » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:41 pm

Dexter St. Clair wrote:
The basis of the show is that, unknown to anyone, the old Apollo stage remains intact beneath the modern-day buildings.


And this is how the story of the Bothwell Street tunnel started.



You mean it doesn't? 8O
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby fourbytwo » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:41 am

8) 8) Giving my age away, but saw hundreds of concerts at the Greens etc, but the one I remember with the most clarity (and there maybe many reasons for that) was Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, with a backing intro duo called Tir na'Nog.
Halcyon days guys and galls, Peter Green was immense and became my guitar hero, and although I saw Clapton, Page, Beck,Santana, Walsh, and a whole host of others, I still consider what I saw that night to be the best...... ::):
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby BTJustice » Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:33 pm

I cant add much to this thread as Im too young to have been to a concert at the appolo but I did pick up "thats life" by Sham69 a few years ago and these are taped to the front cover.

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Greens Playhouse

Postby Benny1954 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:52 am

Can anybody confirm that Jimi Hendix played the first gig there in 1967. If so I was at the first gig ever at the Greens. My sister took me as she was a big Amen Corner fan !!!
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Mori » Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:27 pm

I Always loved Debbie and i still do. x


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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby robertpool » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:47 am

A couple of photos l took at the Apollo in the 1970's.....Golden Earring and Sparks

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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Mori » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:21 pm

sparks were on the jonathan ross show the other week.

Classic stuff.

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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Quality Mince » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:36 pm

Saw many brilliant bands at the Apollo in the 70s and 80s. One memorable concert was Steve Hillage. Got free tickets if I remember. Not a great concert as I had never heard any of his music beforehand. However, it was the first and only quadraphonic concert I have ever attended. There were the usual bank of Marshall speakers on stage and the same to the rear of the stalls. A forerunner to surroundsound systems for TVs today!!
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Mori » Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:42 pm

Facebook Dedicated group to the Apollo. :D

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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Bridie » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:09 pm

Nice pic :D (It's always blokes queuing to get in) ::):
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby gent2012 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:04 pm

Bridie wrote:Nice pic :D (It's always blokes queuing to get in) ::):
Someone wrote on the Facebook page wall
"Does anyone remember the overly sensitive and thoughtful bouncers?" ::): ::): ::):

Saw
Lindisfarne
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Santana with Earth Wind and Fire
Cat Stevens
T'in Lizzie
Deep Purple

Wish I'd seen SAHB
The into the wilderness site seems to have given up the ghost - sad :cry:
Went to Clouds......... once ::):


When I was at Strathclyde Uni I walked in to the Apollo and asked for a job as an "overly sensitive and thoughtful bouncer". Got to see some brilliant bands and got paid £1.25 an hour for it too. I remember my first night - The Who - The guy who was "mentoring" me told me that if anyone rushes the stage " punch the first one really hard, he'll go down and he'll trip up anyone behind him.... The Who started, my mentor b*ggered off, but luckily no-one rushed anywhere. A great year, getting paid while watching the best bands in the world. Used to get in free to the Wed night cinema nights too :)
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Re:

Postby BillM » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:07 am

james73 wrote:What was the capacity of the Apollo? It looked quite big.



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3,500.
Was it not supposed to have been the largest cinema in Europe when it was Green's Playhouse??
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby gap74 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:38 pm

I've got a note of the seating capacity as a cinema as 4,368, which did indeed make it the largest cinema in Europe in those terms. Green's in Dundee was another monster at 4,114 seats.

By contrast, the largest cinema built in England was the State in Kilburn, which sat 4,004.
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:53 pm

gap74 wrote:I've got a note of the seating capacity as a cinema as 4,368, which did indeed make it the largest cinema in Europe in those terms. Green's in Dundee was another monster at 4,114 seats.

By contrast, the largest cinema built in England was the State in Kilburn, which sat 4,004.



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james73 wrote:What was the capacity of the Apollo? It looked quite big.



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126 Renfield Street, City Centre

Opened: September 15th 1927
Closed: June 16th 1985

Designed by: John Fairweather

Number of screens: 1

Number of seats:
Green's Playhouse: 4368
Apollo: 3500


I'm not sure if the Apollo ever opened up the very top balcony so the 4368 capacity only applies to The Greens Cinema.
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Re: Apollo - Greens Playhouse

Postby gap74 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:13 pm

I'm not sure if they used the upper balcony, but can see them not doing so - would have been a fair distance from the stage and doubt they'd ever have needed the full capacity for even the busiest gig.

But the auditorium was just part of the building, I've heard a (probably ludicrous!) estimate that if all parts of it were operating to capacity, it could entertain 10,000 people at the same time...!
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