Glasgow Film Festival: Ten weird and wonderful movie venues

Screenings will take place in a wide range of venues including churches, art galleries and clubs.

Richard Gere: Will attend UK premiere of his latest film in Glasgow.
Richard Gere: Will attend UK premiere of his latest film in Glasgow.

Glasgow Film Festival launches on Wednesday in its eleventh year of bringing award winning films to the city.

The 11-day festival will start with with a showing of Hail, Caesar! at the Glasgow Film Theatre and will see a range of movies showcased from thrillers to documentaries and from classics to contemporaries over the course of the festival.

Screenings will take place in a range of interesting and edgy venues across the city including churches, art galleries and country and western clubs in hopes of creating the best atmospheres to view the films.

We took a look at ten of the weirdest and most wonderful venues on the programme.

Film: Altered States presented by Matchbox cineclub

Where: The Old Hairdresser’s

When: Thursday, February 18

Independent arts centre, The Old Hairdresser’s, is edgy and bare just like the film they are showing.

Ken Russell’s cult classic, Altered States, sees a terrifying science experiment take place in the basement of Harvard University in total darkness. For the first time ever, the thriller will be presented in an immers-o sound system which is anticipated to add even more terror in the tense surroundings of the art venue.

Old Hairdressers: The venue situated on Renfield Lane will host the thriller.

Film: Where You’re Meant to Be

Where: Barrowland Ballroom

When : Friday, February 19

The legendary Glasgow music venue will be turned into a cinema for the first time as it hosts the world premiere of the documentary.

Where You’re Meant To Be sees former Arab Strap frontman, Aidan Moffat, set out on a tour around Scotland to explore its musical history and rewrite the country’s oldest songs. The tour ends in Glasgow at the Barrowland Ballroom which makes it an even more appropriate site to showcase the journey.

Barrowland Ballroom: The famous music venue has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran and Goo Goo Dolls. The Barrowland Ballroom

Where: The Lighthouse

When: February 20 – 21

The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for design and architecture, hosts events and exhibitions in the city and will screen the Surveillance to Selfie series. This unique event brings together three film screenings, moving image installations and discussion.

Films include Francis Ford Coppola’s paranoid thriller The Conversation, Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard, Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and a unique film reel narrated by Tilda Swinton (Dreams Rewired).

The Lighthouse: The centre is currently running Paul Smith’s exhibition.

Film: Voice of the Eagle: The enigma of Robbie Basho

Where: The Glad Cafe

When : Saturday, February 20

The Glad cafe is home to a well equipped events room which is known for its intimate music concerts and guest speaker events with guests such as Nicola Sturgeon and Elaine C Smith.

For one night only the cafe will host the screening of Liam Barker’s documentary which delves deep into the life of composer, Robbie Basho. The show will be complimented with a live performance by Bard of Caledon and Other Lands.

Glad Cafe: Guest speakers at this venue have included the First Minister. REX/Ken McKay/ITV

Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark/ The Silence of the Lambs

Where: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

When: Saturday, Febrary 20

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film will be shown in the west end museum surrounded by the relics and paintings on display. The guest of honour will be none other than Vic Armstrong, Indiana Jones’ stunt double so film goers are in for a treat.

The gallery will also be hosting a 25th anniversary showing of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. The late-night showing in an empty gallery is sure to add to the eeriness that the terrifying horror film creates.

Kelvingrove: The venue will screen the films in the venue which has over 8000 objects. © STV

Film: Thelma and Louise

Where: Grand Ole Opry

When: Sunday, February 21

Tapping into the gun-slinging ambiance of the wild west, the Grand Ole Opry will screen the infamous 1991 drama Thelma and Louise, celebrating 25 years since its release.

Hosts to events such as line dancing, gun shooting and music concerts, the southside club is set to transport film fans into the landscape of the Ridley Scott classic.

Gun Slingers: The Grand Ole Opry was home to the Glasgow Gunslingers, a famous gun club in the late 80’s. Laura Piper

Film: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Where: Planetarium at Glasgow Science centre

When: Tuesday, February 23

The audience will be immersed into the film by a full-dome screen, a 360 degree display across the hemisphere of the planetarium.

The Man Who Fell To Earth promises to live up to the spectacular viewing room with a journey through the cosmos. Starring David Bowie as an alien on a mission to save his planet, the screening will celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary next month.

Bowie: The venue will show ono of the late singer’s notable films. PA / PA Archive/PA Images

Film: Wildness/ Urusula Mayer: Medea and other films/ This is now: Film and video after punk (1978-85)

Where: Tramway

When: Tuesday, February 23

International art-space Tramway, which is known its contemporary art, will be host to three films throughout the course of the festival.

A selection of contemporary films will be showcased at the art venue including, Wildness, a documentary about the famous Los Angeles bar, the Silver Platter, which has been home to Latin and LGBTQI communities for years, a programme of films from artist filmmaker Urusula Mayer and a collection of key underground films from London which have been made available for the first time in a generation.

Tramway: This venue hosted the Turner Prize exhibition at the start of the year. Alan Dimmick

Film: Man Vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler

Where: Drygate Brewery

When: Wednesday February 24th

Drygate is swapping cuisine for gaming as they gear up for the UK premiere of the hilarious and heart-the gaming documentary, Man Vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler.

The film tells the story of gamer, Tim McVey, who was the first person in history to score over one billion points in a video game with one quarter. His accomplishment even led to the city of Ottumwa to name a day in his honour.

Brewery: Drygate is famous for its craft beer.

Film: Lucky Star and Ela Orleans

Where: MacKintosh Queen’s Cross Church

When: Friday, February 26

The Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church is one of the city’s hidden gems and is the only church in the world designed by the Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The church opened for worship in 1899 which came only thirty years before the film, Lucky Star was released.

The church will host the screening for the 1929 romantic drama which sees the effect World War one had on a young farm girl and a returning soldier.

MacKintosh: The church is located in Springbank, near Maryhill. Thomas Nugent

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