It’s no secret I love the GFT. The broad range of classic, cult, foreign and animated movies shown on a weekly basis make it a place that I’m very fond of. Plus they host the Glasgow part of the awesome Scotland Loves Animation. Whenever something good is showing, I like to try and make you all aware of it. So it’s especially pleasing that the Theatre has announced plans to create a new sixty-seat cinema at its building in Rose Street, Glasgow, bringing its number of screens up to three.
The project has been valued at a cost of £1.6 million, with funding coming from a variety of sources. Glasgow City Council has agreed to give a £500,000 grant, £100,000 has been awarded from Creative Scotland, and the rest of the money will be fronted by The Robertson Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the GFT’s own cash reserves.
The addition of the third screen will be a major boost to organisers of the Glasgow Film Festival. The third-biggest of its kind in the UK now has room to grow even further. Festival Chair, Baillie Liz Cameron, is excited at the prospect of expanding the event when the screen comes into use in 2014. She said:
“Glasgow Film Festival is the fastest-growing film festival in the UK with admissions of over 35,000 in 2012 and, with GFT as its hub, our new cinema screen will allow us to increase our Festival audiences as we look towards our tenth anniversary in 2014. The addition of Cinema 3 will create up to 1,500 new screening slots per year which will allow us to continue to diversify our cultural programme whilst also providing youth activities, including a home for the Youth Team who curate Glasgow Youth Film Festival.”