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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
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Description: 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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Fantastic Hidden Gem

Go and see this. Fabulous old music hall with a great talk from Peter. A lovely chap with a real passion for the place. Even let my son play the old silent movie piano. Go along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Go and see this. Fabulous old music hall with a great talk from Peter. A lovely chap with a real passion for the place. Even let my son play the old silent movie piano. Go along, have a look and buy something or leave them a couple of quid you won't be disappointed. The only thing that caught us out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The oldest music hall in the country all staff very friendly and helpfull and dedicated to preserving and promoting the venue

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was an enormous surprise! Look out for the billboard near the Tron end of Argyle St, go down the lane and left up the stairs and you'll find yourself in an original Victorian Music Hall! The volunteers there are bringing it back to life and will happily tell you all about it. It's dark and mysterious and full of... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Step back in time and savour the eclectic acts in the World's Oldest Music Hall ie The Britannia Ponopticon. The performers are superb and the atmosphere electric. This theatre has been graced by Cary Grant, Stan Laurel and Harry Lauder, possibly performing to a rowdy Glaswegian audience. At present there is a drive to bring the theatre back to its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time at the Music Hall Memories show. Was a good fun, old time variety show and a great way to raise funds for the restoration. It's a fantastic building full of history with a mini museum to the music halls past. If you like that kind of thing you'll love this place, spooky and wonderful!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You absolutely must visit this music hall, apparently the oldest in the world. Run as a charity and in urgent need of funds, the building is extraordinary and the team has worked so hard to save and preserve what is here. You can go and look around the old hall and if you are lucky see one of the shows... More 

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Rosebank, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is well worth a visit, this amazing Victorian Theatre in it's original state will take you back in time to how entertainment was 100 years ago. A one of a kind unique experience. The building is run as a charity and desperately needs donations to keep open.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The oldest surviving music hall and where stan laurel debuted in 1906. Unfortunately the building is in great need of refurbishment as they are trying to raise funds for this but it is still open and still has shows on. Its very dark upstairs. Its worth a visit for the history and to try help them raise funds

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It's been a long time since I was here so decided to visit on Saturday 13th. Aug, they were acting out Glasgow's Great War WW1, it was a mix of singing a long and comedy, all well played by the actors and not forgetting the musicians who filled in at the silent movie that was played. Always worth a visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great to look round the oldest theatre in Glasgow where Jack Buchanan and Stan Laurel first played. See where the audiences sat in the wooden seats looking down on the players.

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