Published On: Sun, Jun 2nd, 2013

Something old, something new

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Glasgow’s Art Deco cinema has started work on a £1.6m revamp that will include a new 60-seater theatre.

True to form, the GFT’s new screen feature niche films and provide longer runs for popular movies.

Jaki McDougall, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film, said: “GFT welcomes double the average UK screen admissions, and Glasgow Film Festival is now one of the top three film festivals in the country, so we are delighted to bring a third screen to our cinema to cope with this growth.”

Along with the sixty-seat screen, the build will feature a new box office, kiosk, reconfigured toilets and a new canopy area.

The building work will begin with the soundproofing of GFT’s Balcony Bar to create a flexible social and meeting space, which will open to the public in the summer.

Following on from this, Cinema 3 will be constructed on the former site of Café Cosmo.

The second phase of work in spring 2014, will focus on the creation of a new downstairs bar area, reconfigured toilets at the rear of the foyer, as well as a new staircase and lift access.

The build is serendipitous with GFT’s triple anniversary celebration; marking 75 years since the Cosmo  opened, 40 years of GFT and ten years of Glasgow Film Festival.

McDougall said: “We look forward to opening Cinema 3 in the autumn, in time for our birthday celebrations and the tenth edition of Glasgow Film Festival.”