Cineworld (Glasgow)

Cineworld (Glasgow)
Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street

Cineworld with St. Andrew's House to the immediate right.
General information
Address Renfrew Street
Town or city Glasgow
Country Scotland
Coordinates 55°51′54″N 4°15′19″W / 55.86489°N 4.25517°W / 55.86489; -4.25517
Opening 2001
Height 203 feet (62 m)
Technical details
Structural system Steel Frame
Design and construction
Owner Cineworld
Other information
Seating capacity 4,300

Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is a cinema on Renfrew Street, Glasgow, located in the north east of the city centre, it is adjacent to the Buchanan Bus Station and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, as well as being close to Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Galleries. At 203 feet (62 m) high, the building is currently the tallest cinema in the world.[1][2]

By 2003 it was the busiest cinema in the United Kingdom by admissions,[3] having attracted over 1.8 million patrons that year.[4] Cineworld Glasgow has 18 screens over 9 levels, and can accommodate more than 4,300 people.[3]



The cinema was built on the site of Green's Playhouse, and opened as the UGC Cinema in September 2001. In 2005, it became part of the Cineworld chain when then-owners UGC of France sold all of its UK cinemas which were then re-branded. Green's Playhouse the original cinema on the site also held a record, for being Europe's largest cinema in terms of number of seats (4,368). At over 200ft high, and with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, Cineworld Glasgow is the world's tallest cinema. In 2000 however, during the cinema's construction, the building design came under heavy criticism from the architecture community. The building was designated the "Carbuncle of the Year" for its poor design choices and contrast with the surrounding area.[5]

The cinema was originally the UGC but became part of the Cineworld chain in 2005

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