koko / camden palace / hippodrome
opened in 1900 as the camden theatre, architect was wgr sprague who designed several london theatres and early cinemas including the coronet in notting hill, it became a cinema in 1911 operating by that time as the hippodrome, closing in 1940 it lay empty for a few years until it became home to the bbc who used it to record radio shows until the mid 60's. After another period of being empty it became one of london earliest discotheques and was the filming location for a pretty dreadful film starring patti boulaye named after it "The Music Machine"
in 1981 after extensive refurbishment it opened as the Camden Palace, home to the new-romantic movement and many 80's electronic bands played here, more recently it has been relaunched as Koko. Externally little changed apart from losing the lantern from the top of the dome and classical statues from the parapet, internally it retains most of the lavish plasterwork and still has the sumptuous feel of an edwardian theatre