The entrance, with a commissionaire’s desk, led to a broad carpeted staircase down to the Lower Ground Level corridor which gave access to the studio and a suite of rooms including a Narrator’s Studio. The stage was on the same level, a few inches above the lowest level from where the auditorium sloped up towards the rear where the Control Cubicle (on the left) and Recording Channel (on right) were sited.
The stage had sets of curtains, including two pairs at each side enclosing small areas. The one at stage right was used to hide the Spot Effects SM during Variety (Light Ent.) shows, and was also used to some effect to screen Ringo Starr and his drumkit during a Beatles session in 1963, with a C12 hanging from the wheeled tripod microphone stand poking through the gap to pick up Ringo’s questionably adequate singing.
In addition to the Beatles many other performers and groups were recorded here and the studio was regularly used for comedy programmes.
The Paris was closed in 1995 when the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House (previously the Concert Hall) became available.
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