The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

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113-117 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD
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01415530840
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About The 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 H. M. 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.

Upcoming Events at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

23 August 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

25 August 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

26 August 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Chopin and Cake

Chopin and Cake

27 August 2017
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live Chopin piano music with tea, coffee & delicious cake at the Britannia Panopticon!
Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

30 August 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

06 September 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
Silent Movie Night

Silent Movie Night

06 September 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall proudly presents silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag!
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

09 September 2017
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1917!
An Evening with John Connolly

An Evening with John Connolly

12 September 2017
Join John Connolly at The Britannia Panopticon as he discusses his book 'he', a reimagining of the life of Stan Laurel
Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

13 September 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
The Big Fat Drag Booty Sale

The Big Fat Drag Booty Sale

17 September 2017
Come to the Big Fat Drag Booty Sale on September 17th at the Britannia Panopticon for all the trade you can handle!
Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

20 September 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
Chopin and Cake

Chopin and Cake

24 September 2017
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live Chopin piano music with tea, coffee & delicious cake at the Britannia Panopticon!
Pickard’s Picture House

Pickard’s Picture House

27 September 2017
Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

29 September 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

30 September 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

13 October 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

14 October 2017
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1917!
Silent Movie Screening - A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) 1929

Silent Movie Screening - A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) 1929

18 October 2017
Catch a special screening of silent film, A Throw of Dice, at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall!
Fright Night - Kapow Cosplay Burlesque

Fright Night - Kapow Cosplay Burlesque

27 October 2017
KAPOW! proudly presents FRIGHT NIGHT an evening of horror and brilliant burlesque at the Britannia Panopticon!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

28 October 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Silent Movie Night

Silent Movie Night

28 October 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall proudly presents silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

24 November 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

25 November 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!