Our first date was at the ‘pictures’ on 19 September 1965 to see Lucky Jim. We must have hit it off because we will be celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary at Easter.

George Whitelock (La Scala, 1965)
  • 1930s

    Sinead McGinley


    I was just remembering a story my granny told me: It was her best friend Ina's first date with a gent, must've been sometime in the 1930s and she'd arranged to meet him at the Panopticon in Glasgow.

  • 1950s

    Tony Nesbit


    Recently I was having a discussion with a friend about the large number of cinemas and dance halls available to Glaswegians in the past and I estimated that in my youth there had been around ten cinemas, large and small...

  • 1966

    John McKenna


    Excitement and wonder at cinema's first whole screen in Eglinton Street cinema when I was 10 (now 56). Marveled at How the West was Won on Glasgow's then largest screen.

  • 1999

    Gail Orr


    When you stop and think there are lots. One of mine was seeing myself on the big screen. A film was made to promote Cumbernauld and part of it was in the library.

  • 1953

    Ailsa Ferguson


    Going to see Wizard of Oz with five year old friend, Jean, and her mum in 1953. Loved it! Hooked on cinema ever since!

  • 1956


    The Bedford

    I remember the old Bedford cinema, a bit of an old relic 50-odd years ago, faded plush seats, velvet curtain with stars, ice-cream sellers with crinkly perms.

  • 1970s

    Emma Fork

    I was about seven when Death Watch was made and vividly remember my Dad telling me he'd been paid money to dress up as a tramp in a film...

  • 2012



    I came here with my friend to the Scotland Loves Anime festival, because we've been fans of the Ace Attorney games for years and just knew we had to be here for the UK premiere of the film we'd been waiting ten months to see.

  • 1948

    Peggy Burke

    The Hillhead

    A happy cinema memory is going on a blind date to 'The Hillhead' on Byres Road in 1948. My blind date and I have now been married for 61 years and still love the 'pictures'.

  • 2012



    Don't think I can describe how glad I am that we came on this trip. Scotland Loves Anime 2012 proved to be the craziest, cutest, most action-packed weekend of my life. From the trippy fish with legs in Tokyo Fish Attack!