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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

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Address: 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 553 0840
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Britannia Panopticon is the worlds oldest surviving music hall. It opened...

Britannia Panopticon is the worlds oldest surviving music hall. It opened in 1857 above a pub called the Britannia Vaults and it served the working classes who made Glasgow the Industrial Capital of the World. For over 80 years Britannia entertained, and in addition to being a music hall, the building also accommodated early cinema, wax works, carnival amusements, freak show and basement zoo.Famous debut performances include Stan Laurel in 1906 and Jack Buchanan in 1911. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon - 4pm (unless a show is programmed) from April - November for general viewing.Britannia Panopticon is also open for music hall shows, silent movie and Laurel & Hardy film nights, marts, festivals and other events. Admission is generally free (we charge to get back out). Please donate when you visit to help us raise money to conserve this wonderful historic survivor from the heyday of music hall and early cinema. Britannia Panopticon is also available for private hire (conditions apply).

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A fascinating work in progress

The old music hall is slowly being brought back to life - presumable as money becomes available. There is no formal tour - you just wander round and look at the structure - which... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The old music hall is slowly being brought back to life - presumable as money becomes available. There is no formal tour - you just wander round and look at the structure - which is quite dimly lit. There are volunteers with some information too. Amazingly it is in use with rows of collapsible chairs set out! there are old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Iconic venue for Section -33 s latest event. Fab music accompanied different foods , very tasty, Well done to Kyle and his staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We came here for an evening of spooky stories. Who could think of a better place to hear some great modern Scottish tales with a folksy and supernatural slant. The venue was perfect for such an event. The bar was well stocked but, we really needed a cup of tea or coffee on a windy Autumnal night after queuing outside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Expected to find a degree of restoration however no doubt a Grade 1 Listed Building is a difficult place to 'slap a coat of paint' on and will require a great deal of money and a lot of research before work starts. Lots of displays to peruse and the theatre now has a bar, sales goods, etc. We enjoyed the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We visited as part of Door Open Glasgow and found an interesting, if jaded, gem. They had a very interesting exhibition detailing some of the shows which had taken place in the music hall. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This has been on the wish list for a good few years now, not only to visit Glasgow for the first time, but to seek the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in all its faded glory. The exterior on Trongate, gave the impression that the hall itself would be in better condition, and finding the entrance was up a darkened ally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the Britannia last night on a visit to Glasgow to see a variety show. The place is amazing - one of the last remaining Victorian music halls in the world (1857). This hidden gem is a must see if you are visiting the city.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have been going to the Britannia for many years and watched as it transformed into the theatre it is today . It is one of Glasgow's hidden secrets located next to TJ Hughes and above Mitchell's amusements. Judith Bowers is the wonderful lady that inspires so many people and her tremendous enthusiasm is infectious as is her bubbly personality.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We went in on impulse and we ended up having a really lovely evening. The inside is initially a great surprise but there is so much history attached to this little building. The show was called The Rainbow Show and it was first class. The compère was a drag artist with a great voice and great repartee. The first singer... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

You must go! The place itself is in need of renovation (built in 1857), but the atmosphere is wonderful.The artistes are funky and wacky and the band is terrific. All in all - great!

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