GFT celebrates 80th anniversary

Free screenings for all

by Jennie Kermode

The original Mr Cosmo welcomes film fans
The original Mr Cosmo welcomes film fans Photo: Max Crawford

Iconic Glasgow cinema the GFT (once called the Cosmo) is to celebrate its 80th anniversary next month with a four day weekend of free screenings open to the public. The cinema, known internationally as the home of the Glasgow Film Festival and once described by Quentin Tarantino as a venue that "f**king rocks," underwent extensive renovations in recent years, acquiring a third screen in the process, and will be celebrating its success from the 9th to the 12th of May.

The films screening as part of the event are Olivia Wilde's directorial début Booksmart, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, family favourite The Wizard Of Oz and Giuseppe Tornatore’s beguiling Cinema Paradiso. Although they're free, the screenings are ticketed to avoid overcrowding and disappointment.

"When the Cosmo opened in 1939, it was the first purpose-built art house cinema outside of London. To this day we’re proud to entertain Glasgow audiences with a broad programme of film including non-mainstream titles not screened anywhere else," said CEO Jaki McDougall. "We are proud of all that we have achieved over the last 80 years, and look forward to the future."

Share this with others on...

Making a connection Craig DiFrancia on The Irishman, Green Book and The Sound Of Philadelphia

Coming from reality François Ozon on discovering testimonies and making By The Grace Of God

Documenting the rainbow The non-fiction highlights of this year's NewFest

Hidden Places Isabelle Huppert on filming in Sintra, fashion and Frankie

Engaging Martin Scorsese Gay Talese on Martin Scorsese and The Irishman

Recording the soul Arnaud Desplechin on editing, Oh Mercy! and Cries And Whispers

A contemporary character Pietro Marcello on his film of Martin Eden and Jack London’s novel

Oscar animation longlist revealed 32 films under consideration

More news and features

We're bring you coverage of this year's Cambridge Film Festival.

We're looking forward to New York's NewFest, the London Korean Film Festival and the French Film Festival.

We've recently been at the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Manchester's Grimmfest, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Read our full for more.

Visit our festivals section.


More competitions coming soon.