Pictures cropped from an American Life magazine article on The Beatles, prior to their first visit to the U.S. in February 1964.
The show at the ABC Ardwick ( Apollo ) was well covered- Pathé News filmed two songs, backstage, and scenes of the hysterical audience, for their 'The Beatles come to Town'.
The film tells us that fans bought half the tickets by post the rest being queued for for two nights by 5000 fans! With only a lucky 2500 getting a seat.
There's some charming scenes in the newsreel of the manager instructing his staff how to behave. ( -probably not the "punch them in the head if they stand up" approach I recall from the early 1980's .)If you study the photo of the crowd there are a few faces recognisable from the footage.
Granada also had a crew there for 'Scene at 6.30.' as well as BBC Radio doing an interview for their 'Voice of the North' programme.
If you follow the link you can see the whole of the Newsreel on You Tube.
Artefact added : 9th January 2010