The History of Glasgow's Cinemas

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The History of the GFT


The first arthouse cinema to open outside of London, and the home of Glasgow cultural cinema-going, Glasgow Film Theatre today exists as an institution for film-lovers. Opening in 1939 as the Cosmo and becoming Glasgow Film Theatre in 1974, the cultural impact of the cinema cannot be understated. In this video we investigate how the building and organisation has developed in order to not only keep up with cinema-going practice, but also to remain a leader in its field.

The History of the GFT

Narrated by Gordon Barr
Contributors: Jaki McDougall, CEO of Glasgow Film and Malcolm Brown, Head Projectionist at GFT
Filmed and edited by Richie Morgan

The History of the City Centre


Glasgow's City Centre was once rife with cinemas, many of which exist now only as shops or lie derelict as monuments to the city's cinema-going heritage. In this video Andy Dougan, Gordon Barr, Jaki McDougall, Chris O'Kane and Barney McCue recount their experiences in going to cinemas in the city centre.

The History of the City Centre

Contributors: Andy Dougan, Gordon Barr, Jaki McDougall, Chris O'Kane and Barney McCue
Filmed and edited by Richie Morgan

The History of the West End


Cinemas in Glasgow's West End such as the Salon, Star Palace and Rosevale have long since been closed and now, like many Glasgow cinemas, exist only as bingo halls, shops and bars. Cinema and film experts Andy Dougan, Gordon Barr, Jaki McDougall and Chris O'Kane discuss the past lives of these old cinemas as we investigate how they look now.

The History of the West End

Contributors: Andy Dougan, Gordon Barr, Jaki McDougall and Chris O'Kane
Filmed and edited by Richie Morgan.