Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
113–117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD
  • Telephone 0141 553 0840
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–5pm; closed Mon & Sun.
  • Seasonal times Closed 19 Dec–9 Jan.
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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland is the oldest surviving music hall in the world.

Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard and HM McFarlane, it has hosted some of the biggest names on the Music hall circuit.

In 1906 Stan Laurel made his first stage appearance there on amateur night. In that same year A E Pickard bought the building and changed its name to the Panopticon. He also undertook some major works, installing a freak show, a roof top carnival and a waxworks. He also excavated the basement and installed an indoor zoo.

The Panopticon was one of the first buildings in Glasgow become powered by electricity and one of the first cinemas in Scotland. It closed in 1938 when it was sold to a tailors and converted to a workshop. It is currently being conserved by a trust who regularly perform traditional shows in the auditorium. It is now protected as a category A listed building.

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Events at this venue

There are 14 events at this location

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1917 Cine-Variety Show

Music hall show commemorating the centenary of WWI.

Sat 11 Nov

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Blood Thursday

Classic horror movie screening.

Thu 26 Oct

Donation / 0141 553 0840

Hint: A hellish pregnancy.

  • 19:00 – 21:00


A cavalcade of drag queens covering a broad range of genres and talents. Previous performance pieces have included lipsyncing, live singing, stand up comedy, ballet, burlesque, poetry/spoken word, theatrical pieces and even saw playing. Expect the unexpected.

Fri 10 Nov

£5 / 0141 204 5151

  • 20:00

Friday Night at the Panopticon

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's variety show harking back to the good old days of variety with music, comedy, novelty and more.

Fri 17 Nov

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Ghost Stories from Across the World

An evening of terrifying ghost stories and horror. Ages 16+.

Sat 21 Oct

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Glasgow Culture Vultures

(Please do not make a request to join if you have no intention of attending anything, as inactive members are sometimes removed and invited to rejoin.) The purpose of this group is to try and bring people together who have an interest in the arts, particularly of classical vocal music, opera and the visual arts. I hope…

Sat 21 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

Ghost Stories From Around The world - spare ticket available

  • 18:30

Sat 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

Haunted Cabaret - Ghost House

  • 13:00

Glasgow: Get Up And Go

Many people have wide ranging tastes in how they'd like to spend their spare time. The intent of this group is to have a little bit of variety and provide the opportunity to meet people who share common interests. From Arts & Culture to Food & Drink to Movies with a little bit of fitness sprinkled here and…

Sat 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Glasgow Vintage Lovers..

Welcome to a brand new meetup group for all those Vintage and Retro Seekers in Glasgow and beyond. Do you have a passion for fashion of a bygone age? Are you a rocknroller, a hepcat, a jive bunny or a Gatsby glamour gal/boy? If so then this group is for you. We will be arranging lots of fabulous trips to vintage fairs…

Sat 21 Oct

£2 / 0141 553 0840

Ghost Stories from Around the World @ The Panopticon..

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

Duck Soup..

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Wed 22 Nov

£2 / 0141 553 0840

Top Hat /Astaire& Rogers Classic

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Haunted Cabaret: Ghost House

Join the legendary Billy Bones for his latest Halloween Spooktacular, featuring an hour of fun for all the family. Prize for best costume.

Sat 28 Oct

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30


Cosplay burlesque show.

Fri 27 Oct

Times to be confirmed / £6 / 0141 553 0840

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night

The Sons of the Desert present Laurel and Hardy classics screened in the very auditorium where Stan Laurel made his stage debut.

Sat 4 Nov

Free Donation / 0141 553 0840

Bumper bill of Another Fine Mess, Saps at Sea, You're Darn Tootin', Fra Diavolo, Chickens Come Home, The Flying Deuces, The Hoose-Gow, Jitterbugs, Night Owls, Sons of the Desert and The Live Ghost.

  • 11:00 – 21:00

The Lodger

  • 1932
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Maurice Elvey
  • Cast: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A W Baskcomb

Inspired by Jack the Ripper, a Hungarian musician becomes the murder suspect when women are murdered on the streets of London, threatening his developing romance with the daughter of his lodgers.

Sat 28 Oct

£5–£7 / 0141 553 0840

With live musical accompaniment from Gladstone's Bag.

Panto-Opticon: Puss In Boots

Traditional panto following last year's production, Aladdin, which resurrected the tradition for the first time since the Panopticon's closure in 1938.

Fri 8 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Sat 9 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Sun 10 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

…and 5 more dates until 23 Dec

Pickard's Picture House

Weekly cinema celebration with surprise screening.

Wed 25 Oct

Free Donation / 0141 553 0840

'Hey Slim? Slim? I gotta go home. I forgot something.' 'What did you forget?' 'I forgot to stay there.'

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 1 Nov

Free Donation / 0141 553 0840

'All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.'

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Nov

Free Donation / 0141 553 0840

'I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.'

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 6 more dates until 20 Dec

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