Brian McGuire


The Paisley Development Trust (PDT) was formed to take forward a programme of community renewal through the arts and culture and is focussed on the creation of a Unique Selling Point for the town and the preservation and re-use of redundant buildings throughout Paisley. Through the regeneration of Paisley (Scotland’s largest town) we can also regenerate the whole of Renfrewshire.

The establishment in Paisley of a Scottish Cinema and Film heritage centre would fulfil these aims. The fact that Paisley used to be a town with a strong tradition of cinema going (not too long ago there were 7 cinemas in Paisley) and that Paisley University is recognised for the film and media courses they provide, it was agreed that the aim of the PDT should be to work towards the establishment of such a USP.

To raise awareness of the trust in the wider community a series of events have taken and will take place with the aim of involving as many people as possible in the common aim to promote Paisley in the national and international community.

The first of the PDT events in 2004 was a very successful and exciting exhibition called ‘Cinema Buddies’. This was to commemorate the 71 young lives that were lost in tragic circumstances in the cinema, on Hogmanay 1929. PDT continued with an end of year lantern procession that was featured in the BBC and STV live news for the day as well as a large number of print media. The Glen Cinema story received interest from a film production company and a documentary of the tragic events was created for broadcast on BBC.