Entrance to Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow

This evening, I am focusing on an aspect of Glasgow’s rich cultural life and heritage as manifested in five theatres.

Theatre Royal, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland

The Theatre Royal in Hope Street dates back to 1867 and ranks as the oldest theatre in Glasgow. It was designed by George Bell for James Baylis. Seating capacity is 1541.

In addition to being home to the Scottish Opera ( which owns the building)¬†and Scottish Ballet companies, productions include drama, dance, musicals and children’s theatre.

A new GBP11.5m project is currently in process to create a new entrance, foyer and roof garden.

King’s Theatre, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland

The¬†King’s Theatre in Sauchiehall¬†Street is owned by Glasgow City Council but operated by a commercial management company. It was designed by Frank Matcham and first opened in 1904. There is seating for 1785 persons. Today, the theatre presents a range of productions including musicals, pantomime, drama, dance and comedy.

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, Scotland

The Glasgow Film Theatre in Rose Street with its distinctive Art Deco style, was first opened in 1939 as a ‘art¬†house’ cinema. Over the succeeding years internal restructuring has taken place and the auditorium converted to two separate ‘screens’ seating 394 and 142 persons. Since 1986 the cinema¬†has been operated as a not-for-profit entity, screening a wide variety of international, classic and special interest¬†films, many of which are in¬†foreign languages. The theatre is well patronised and screens about 600 films each year.

Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renfield Street, Glasgow, Scotland

The Pavilion Theatre in Renfield Street was opened in 1904 to a design by Bertie Crewe. The interior is opulent featuring a domed ceiling, Rococo plaster work, mahogany woodwork and a marble mosaic floor. Outside there is a terra-cotta facade. Seating capacity is 1449.

The Pavilion is unusual in that it is privately run and not subsidised. Productions include comedy, music, variety and other categories of entertainment.

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, Scotland

The Citizens¬†Theatre in the Gorbals District ¬†has a long and colourful history dating back to its opening in 1878 when known as his Majesty’s Theatre. Following initial bankruptcy and various ownership changes over the years the building was leased to the Citizens Theatre Company in 1945 and re-named the Citizens Theatre. Post 1989 the Theatre received various public monies and lottery funding to finance extensions and for refurbishment. Seating capacity is 650 comprising 500 in the main auditorium plus two studios seating 150.

Productions at the Citizens comprise contemporary versions of classic plays combined with new Scottish drama.

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