Britannia Panopticon The World's oldest surviving Music Hall
Britannia Panopticon The World's oldest surviving Music Hall

Welcome to the website of the

 

Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Opening Hours
 

 

We are open for general viewing Tuesdays to Fridays 12-5pm.

 

 

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Pickard's Picture House

 

June 28th

Doors open 6.30pm, screening 7pm

 

Do you love movies? Do you have a favourite film that never gets shown on TV or in the cinema?
 
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema, complete with usherettes, a concession stand, and a bar!
 
We will be showing classics, cult movies, musicals (complete with sing-alongs and audience participation). The movies that you want to see, in a unique venue, unlike any modern multiplex - 'mon down!
 
Want a clue? "She was bad. She was dangerous. I wouldn't trust her any farther than I could throw her. But... she was my kind of woman."
 
Pay what you feel.
 
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Silent Movie Night

 

July 5th

7pm

 

Silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag! 

July's films will have a fantasy theme, and we will be showing: 

Alice in Wonderland (1915)
Pinocchio (1911)
Wizard of Oz (1910)
Ali Baba (1905)
The Cameraman's Revenge (Starewicz) (1912)
And an excerpt from Prince Achmed (1926)

 

Tickets available here.  

 

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1917 Cine-Variety Show

 

July 8th

Shows at 1.30 & 3.30pm

 

One hundred years down the line, we are recreating 1917 historic music hall shows, featuring demonstrations by re-enactors, recruitment songs, comedy sketches, silent films and newsreels shown in the Britannia Panopticon during 1917.

If you have a vintage act or particular interest and want to get involved, please email info@britanniapanopticon.org


Admission free.

TICKETS

 

Tickets for all our shows are sold through Tickets Scotland, unless otherwise stated. 

Help Britannia Panopticon get heating!

 

We are running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so we can install a three-phase electricity supply which will allow us to get heating! 

 

Please give whatever you can and share this campaign with your friends!

For all you lovers of old theatres, have you heard of "Old Theatres" magazine? Well now you have and it will be available to buy from our little auditorium very soon, so pop by and purchase a copy.

 

 

A dedicated team of volunteers have worked in conjunction with the archiving department of Glasgow University to digitise the scrapbooks of one of the great showmen of Glasgow's history and former owner of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, A. E. Pickard.

 

These scrapbooks are now available online for the whole world to view. So go on a take a look into the mind of one of the great characters of Music Hall history, and learn a little bit more about our beloved Britannia Panopticon at the same time.

Visit Britannia's profile on Pinterest.

Don't forget, "Glasgow's Lost Theatre - the Story of the Britannia Music Hall"  written by Judith Bowers with Foreword by Michael Grade and published by Birlinn is for sale now for £12.99 from Amazon, Waterstone's, our shop at 49 High Street. 

You can find our Amazon store here.

Contact Us

For bookings and information please contact: 
 

Judith Bowers

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
1st Floor

117 Trongate
Glasgow
G1 5HD
 

Tel: 0141 553 0840
 

E-mail: info@britanniapanopticon.org
 

For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:
 

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street

Glasgow

G1 1LX
 

Tel: 0141 552 4467
 

E-mail : shop@britanniapanopticon.org

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