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The O2 Academy Bristol is a music venue located below the ice rink on Frogmore Street, Bristol, England. It is run by the Academy Music Group. On 1 January 2009 sponsorship was taken over from Carling by telecommunications company O2 and the venue’s name changed from the Carling Academy to the O2 Academy. The Academy which hosts club nights (capacity 2,500) and gigs (capacity 2,000) was opened in 2001, and was the third Academy venue in the UK.

The venue was originally part of Mecca Leisure Group’s New Entertainments Centre and was an ABC Cinema. Opening in 1966, it included a dozen licensed bars, an ice rink, bowling lanes, the Craywood Club casino, a night club, a grand cinema and the 2,000-capacity Locarno ballroom with an illuminated ceiling. Only the ice-rink and the cinema survived, the rest being demolished in 1998 and subsequently the site given over to student accommodation. The cinema closed in 1996 and was converted into a nightclub in 2000, originally called Rock. Soon after, it became the Bristol Academy.

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