The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) located at the end of Argyle Street in Glasgow's Trongate is the oldest surviving music hall in the world!

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

About The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

113-117 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD
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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.

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Upcoming Events at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

Selected dates between 25th June 2022 - 24th September 2022

Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
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ELECTRIC MUSES with live music by Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs

ELECTRIC MUSES with live music by Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs

10th July 2022

Cinetopia in collaborating with The Debutante brings a women-led evening of surrealist films and technologically-enhanced live music performed by Aurora Engine and Bell Lungs!
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