Glasgow Entertainment

The city of Glasgow includes a range of entertainment options for visitors; the city is well known as a cultural hub and includes a choice of theatres, film and cinemas, a range of live comedy venues and dance productions from traditional to opera, ballet and contemporary. There are also a number of local festivals that take place throughout the year.

Our quick guide to entertainment in Glasgow outlines a range of entertainment venues offering a choice of productions throughout the year:


The King’s Theatre in Glasgow is one of Scotland's most important theatres. The theatre is located on Bath Street in the western end of the city centre. Originally opened back in 1904 the theatre has hosted a number of major stars and shows for a century. The King's theatre provides Glasgow's strong amateur groups with a stage to showcase their talents. It was the location in 1990 for the opening ceremony of Glasgow's European City of Culture program of events. It is as popular as it has ever been and continues to play to full houses. The theatre produces musicals, pantomimes, dramas, comedy and dance.

Theatre Royal Glasgow is located on Hope Street in the city centre. The historic theatre is the oldest in Glasgow dating back to the late 19th century and today presents a wide variety of productions including dance, drams, comedy, opera, musical and children’s theatre. The theatre is home to both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet. The theatre stages classics along with more contemporary productions appealing to a range of tastes.


Glasgow includes a number of cinemas located in the city including cinemas from larger cinemas chains such as Odeon and Cineworld to smaller and independent cinemas showing a range of British, Hollywood and International films.

The Odeon Glasgow Quay is located at Springfield Quay to the west of Glasgow city centre. The multi-screen cinema features 12 screens; visitors can a choice of British, International and Hollywood films.

The Glasgow Film Theatre is located on Rose Street in Glasgow. The independent cinema shows a wide range of films including British and International films, documentaries, classics and art house cinema. Here visitors can see the latest film releases including smaller releases, art house productions and brings the best in world cinema.

Cineworld in Glasgow is located on Renfew Street in the city centre close to the Buchannan Galleries Shopping Centre. Alongside the cinema there are also a number of eateries and retail shops in the complex in the complex. Cinema goers can see the latest in British, Hollywood and International films at the cinema that includes 8 screens.


For fans of gigs the O2 Academy Glasgow is located on Eglinton Street to the south of the city centre. The venue was established back in 2003 and has made a name for itself in a relevantly short space of time. The venue is a historic one and its original art deco features have been restored ensuring a modern venue with plenty of character. The venue hosts a wide range of gigs and live events throughout the year. The venue is known for its variety of gigs with a range of artists performing live shows each year catering for different musical tastes. The venue hosts live shows of established musical names along with up and coming talent and new bands.


The Stand Comedy Club is located on Woodlands Road in Glasgow. The venue has comedy every night of the week and features a fully licensed bar. There is a Red Raw beginners showcase, all female comedy line ups and the best of Irish comedy on various nights. The venue has been converted from a school that produces a great atmosphere conducive to great comedy.

Other Events

There are plenty of events going on in Glasgow, it is best to check before you visit to see if the timings fit in with your schedules.

Glasgow's football loyalties are spilt between the green and white hoops of Celtic FC and the blue of Rangers FC. The rivalry is intense and in a local derby game between the two you can witness the passion, commitment and will to win displayed by both sides and their supporters. The derby game known as the ‘Old Firm’ game is one of the most intense and passionate anywhere in the world. Visitors can tour the stadiums for a behind the scenes view. It is advisable to book well in advance if you wish to go to a game as games are frequently sold out in this football loving city.

Glasgow has a packed events schedule with a number of events to choose from. Visitors can choose to visit the city in time for one of the events to see them first hand. The West End Festival takes place in the West End of Glasgow in the summer; the festival includes a carnival parade, live music, comedy, theatre and drama, talks and children’s events. The Merchant City Festival takes place in Glasgow’s Merchant City, the four day festival takes place n the summer and includes comedy, dance, film, fashion and theatre. There are many others and you can check before you visit see Glasgow Events for more details on a range of events taking place in the city.

The Celtic Connections Festival has been established since 1994 and takes place in January at venues across Glasgow including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The festival is a celebration of traditional Scottish music making it a folk, roots and world music festival. The festival celebrates Celtic music from around the world featuring over 2,000 musicians taking part in over 300 events incorporating a range of music genres. The festival features concerts, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, ceilidhs and a number of free events.

The Glasgow Jazz Festival has been a fixture since 1987 and takes place in June/July in the Merchant City area of Glasgow. The festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe attracting a range of jazz musicians including international famous stars and local Scottish talent. Music played includes a range of jazz styles and some blues and hip hop crossovers providing an interesting and varied programme for visitors to enjoy.

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