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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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It's the most wonderful time of the year and Drag-Opticon is getting into the festive spirit with a Holiday Special!
This Christmas, The Britannia Panopticon in association with The Vesta Girls present the giant of a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk!
This Christmas, The Britannia Panopticon in association with The Vesta Girls present a special panto, just for adults!