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Concert Venues :: Alexandra Palace, Great Hall


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Date Opened May 1873
Venue Capacity 12,000
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Venue Address Alexandra Palace Way
Wood Green
N22 7AY

Venue Information

Set in Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace was built in an area spanning Wood Green and Muswell Hill, North London, England in 1873 as a public recreation, education and entertainment centre and North London counterpart of The Crystal Palace.

The Great Hall and West Hall are used as an exhibition centre and conference centre operated by the trading arm of the charitable trust which owns the building and Park on behalf of the public. There is also an ice skating rink. Since 1995 the Palace has been a Grade II listed building. It was designed to be "The People's Palace" and later nicknamed (allegedly by Gracie Fields) "Ally Pally", and in 1936 became the headquarters of the world's first regular public "high definition" television service, operated by the BBC. The Alexandra Palace television station was located on the site and its iconic radio tower is still in use. The original Studios A and B still survive in the south-east wing. The original Victorian Theatre with its stage machinery also survives. The structure is currently on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk register. There is currently an application to upgrade the listing by, which originally got the Palace Grade II listed (against the opposition of trustee Haringey council), and the BBC. Also, a planned disposal of the whole building for commercial, non-charitable purposes has encountered much public opposition and was blocked in the High Court in October 2007.

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