The GFT is a beloved Glasgow institution, and the oldest purpose-built arthouse cinema in the UK outside of London. In February it’s the heart of the Glasgow Film Festival, the UK’s fastest-growing (and probably most fun) film event. As a charity dedicated to widening access to cinema, it runs all manner of events and courses and learning programmes. It’s also a great wee place just to catch a film.
With a more eclectic programme than your average multiplex, the GFT is forever turning up absolute gems that might otherwise pass you by, as well as screening refurbished prints of forgotten classics. The monthly midnight shows offer cult favourites like Robocop, Labyrinth and Repo Man in a more boisterous atmosphere than your standard cinema setting.
The GFT has recently added a third screen in the location previously occupied by the cafe/bar. A second round of renovation, scheduled for mid 2015, will add a new bar upstairs as well as restoring the original 1930s butterfly staircase.
For such a small cinema, the GFT punches above its weight in terms of celebrity pulling power, hosting events by stars such as James Earl Jones and David Lynch. Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of the GFT and introduced the UK premiere of Death Proof there. Friends in high places!