Today we focus on Glasgows impressive offerings to music, theatre and cinema.
- Left virtually untouched for over 50 years, the World’s Oldest Surviving Music Hall is preserved in the time of its original audiences and performers. One of the most popular places of amusement in the city during its peak, Britannia Panopticon hosted many great performers including Marie Loftus and Dan Leno.
- Built in 1924, the Bandstand and Amphitheatre could seat 3,000 people in its heyday. In 2012 a proposal to conserve the buildings following its closure a decade previously was initiated and now the building is facilitating modern day performers and audiences.
- Most recently the Bandstand was host to the Magners Summer Nights Festival.
- Spectate or participate, all welcome. Piano lids will be opened at various Doors Open Day buildings including: Govanhill Baths, the Mitchell Library, Scotland Street School, Pollock House and the Britannia Panopticon. Regardless of age or ability simply turn up and play! See online for more details.
- Opened 11 September 1878, while retaining some of the original Victorian architectural features, it has undergone additional renovations and expansions over the years. The Citizens Theatre is the only theatre in Scotland still to have the original machinery under the state. Doors Open Day will offer the unique opportunity to take a guided tour around the iconic theatre and hear about the vibrant history of its Gorbals home. Explore backstage areas and get up close to hidden gems under the stage!
- Designed by famous theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1904, the façade is a eclectic mix of styles; with influences of Baroque and Art Nouvea. Over the years many actors and actresses have graced the stage including Laurence Olivier and Katharine Hepburn. King’s Theatre remains a busy working theatre receiving large scale musicals, drama, dance and pantomime.
For the Film Lovers
At the beginning of the 20th Century Glasgow was home to more picture houses than any city outside of America. Glasgow is a city rich in cinema culture and movie history. For those interested in exploring this heritage there are two must see buildings open for Doors Open Day.
- Celebrating 40 years of GFT and 75 years of a cinema on its Rose Street site, the GFT screen 600 films per year encompassing a range of cultural cinema, classics and documentaries. Free but ticketed (available on the day from the building, first come, first served basis) will gain access to the projection room and a tour of the cinema’s recent renovations.
- Formally Govan Town Hall, the building is now home to Film City Glasgow – the heart and soul of Scotland’s film and television industry.