The Liverpool Olympia is a 4,000 capacity ballroom located just out of town on West Derby road. The ballroom was originally known as Locarno, and has been a key venue in the city for over 100 years. Originally built in 1905 as a direct response to the nearby Royal Hippodrome. It is one of very few of its kind left in the country.
Performing animals would appear in the auditorium by being lifted from the basement where they lived. Evidence of the lift mechanism and living areas for elephants and lions can still be found under the theatre. The roof space still holds pulley, and wheel mechanisms used by trapeze artists. The ornate interior still reflects the building's past with elephants, lions set into Indian wall Panelling.
They now host a diverse range of events; concerts, comedy, boxing, fashion shows, club nights and more, including wrestling events that appeal to a wide audience. Just about everyone can find something to do there that the whole family will enjoy. There are several bus routes from the city centre which stop within a short walking distance to the venue. Their closest routes are 12, 13, 15 & 18, all of which can be boarded at the main Liverpool One Bus Station.
Pub Quiz fact, A wrestling arena in the TNA iMPACT! Video Game is based on the Olympia.