The Panopticon is the oldest music hall in the world (to the knowledge of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust). It was home to the early careers of many music hall legends such as Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame. The hall fell into disuse and disrepair after it closed in 1938 with the rise of the film industry and has since been reopened. A trust (aforementioned) has been established to renovate it and repair the insides
The hall still needs donations to help foot the bill for renovations and as such the trust has opened it up for shows. It has been doing shows for some time now and is now reasonably successful.
One of the upcoming shows [ed: on Aug 8] is a presentation/fare being arranged largely by the members of the Glasgow University Steampunk Society (G.U.E.S.S), who have managed to arrange food, stalls, acts (music, magic and maybe even juggling), a lecture on stage magic, the potential for the uses of a vintage magic lantern. The stalls will present steapunk mods, items of a steamy nature, jewellery, clothing and other things and trinkets. There will be a chance for visitors to join the Steampunk society/ their mailing list and amusement will be provided by the acts and the friendly and amiable members of G.U.E.S.S. The Britannia Panopticon is a piece of history. Please help us help it and create Victoriany goodness in Glasgow.
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