Opening in April 1905, Liverpool Olympia was designed as a purpose built indoor circus and variety theatre by renowned architect Frank Matcham. The venue enjoys a rich history within the performing arts, having hosted a variety of theatrical and music productions, with performers as diverse as Harry Houdini and The Beatles!
It has also housed a cinema, dance hall and a bingo hall over its 100+ year life span, becoming one of the first cinemas outside of London to upgrade from silent movies to “the talkies” in 1929.
In 1990 the current owners purchased the Grafton Rooms, next door to Olympia, and while operating this as a successful nightclub, they began refurbishing the Olympia to bring it back to life after several years of closure.
Eventually reopening in 2000, it has been a firm favourite among the local music scene ever since. It now holds a wide range of events including live music, club events, sports and comedy, as well as providing filming locations to well-known TV shows, films, advertisements and music videos.