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

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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 15 Dec

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Adults-only performance.

Sat 16 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

Sun 17 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

Pickard's Picture House

Weekly cinema celebration with surprise screening.

Wed 13 Dec

Free Donation / 0141 553 0840

'Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.'

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 20 Dec

Cancelled / 0141 553 0840

'Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister, And lord help the sister that comes between me and my man!'

  • 19:00 – 21:00

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