Discover a side of Glasgow you barely knew existed. Download one of our audio tours, put on your headphones and take a wander through the lost cinemas and surprising film locations of the city.
Sauchiehall Street Cinemas
In the first Cinema City audio tour our host John Cavanagh sets off down Sauchiehall Street with Gordon Barr, editor of Scottish Cinemas, to learn about the wealth of cinema heritage hidden behind the shop façades of one of the city’s busiest streets.
The tour begins at the Charing Cross end of Sauchiehall Street and heads east. You might be surprised to find that this relatively small area of the city has been packed with cinemas over the years. It is currently home to the world’s tallest cinema (Cineworld on Renfrew Street) and can also boast the site of the city’s first public film screening in May 1896 (in the building that is now the O2 ABC music venue).
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City Centre Film Locations
In our second Cinema City audio tour John Cavanagh embarks on a journey with film lecturer Pasquale Iannone to discover some of Glasgow’s most impressive film locations.
Starting at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s magnificent Glasgow School of Art (which features in Gillies Mackinnon’s Small Faces) before moving on to Blythswood Square (where David Lean shot his 1950 film Madeleine) and the City Chambers (a location in both The House of Mirth and Heavenly Pursuits) the tour finishes at the River Clyde which features in, amongst other films, Ealing comedy The Maggie.
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