glen cinema

Due to donations from some of our volunteers and with much kindness we thought we would help out an other organisation and setup hosting and purchase a domain name for them and build it into a website.

In its heyday Paisley was full of cinemas and entertainment venues.

People look back with fond memories at The Astortia, The Picturehouse, The New Alex, La Scala, The Alex, The Regal, The Kelbourne and The Glen.

Today they’re all gone. Demolished, converted into retail units or Bingo Halls. If a Paisley buddy wants to catch a movie these days they have to travel to Linwood to a retail park. The whole of Britain was horror-struck on Hogmanay 1929 to learn of the dreadful cinema catastrophe in Paisley that afternoon, in which 70 children lost their lives and over 40 were injured.

About 1000 boys and girls, mostly from working-class homes, were witnessing a matinee performance at The Glen Cinema, when dense clouds of smoke, caused by a film which had started to smoulder in the spool-room, were swept into the cinema. The cry of “Fire” was raised, and the children stampeded in a panic to the back entrance. This was closed, and in the frantic struggle which ensued many children were trampled and others were suffocated by the fumes. In 2003 a project was created to commemorate the terrible tragedy of the Glen

Cinema. 2004 is the 75th Anniversary of the disaster and a new exhibition telling an accurate story of events that day. The exhibition pays tribute to the survivors, many of whom are still here today to tell the tale. The Paisley Development Association, in partnership with Fablevision and Renfrewshire CVS secured funding and a community led cultural project was created. The project was split into four sections: A mini excavation of the Glen Cinema Building Coordination of a new Artist in Residence Programme A survivor’s archive project The creation of a new exciting exhibition

Due to our efforts as a group we were able to help an organisation get going from nothing and join the ranks of other Paisley websites which aim to promote the town and also help people learn the lesson of this tragic disaster killing so many young life’s  and changing others for ever.

Any donation that goes into the website and if we see an organisation that can be helped then we would be more than happy to help out.

Feel free to visit the new website (formerly


The St mirren news that is always on the front page has been removed until proper pre season gets back under way, you can still see the latest from the St mirren section and we still support the Paisley Saints in all ways… bring on next season…

If anyone wants it all back on the front page then tough lol.. it has been replaced by the new events live updates which keeps you updated on whats happening with events in Renfrewshire


Paisley’s very own Alan McKim has released some new dates for his upcoming gigs, more info on Alan can be found on his website

Details of Upcoming Gigs:
2 May 2009 at 8:00 PM

SOHO (upstairs), 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley. PA1 1YD

**Road to Nepal Charity Nite**

Also playing are Dexy’s Bootleg Runners!

Doors open 8pm.

Cost: TBC


Wednesday 11th February 2009
Gusset, Paisley Arts Centre, Knicker elastic for the soul with a feel good factor that rides high. Tickets from £6. Ticket Line 0141 887 1010 7.30pm

Saturday 14th February 2009
St Valentine’s Day Dance, Masonic Club, High Street, Lochwinnoch, There will be a Mr & Mrs Competition. Tickets will be £5 per person and are available by phoning 01505 843359, 7.30pm

Saturday 14th February 2009
‘Brunch & Browse’, St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled Access 10am till 2pm  – £2.50

Saturday 14th February 2009
Wildlife Wander Plus: Valentines Day Special, RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, For many birds, February is the ideal time for finding a mate. Our special Valentine’s Day walk will celebrate and look for the signs of this, whether is be rekindled relationships or new ones blossoming. You may even meet someone special!
Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended.
Booking essential. Cost £2 non-members, FREE for RSPB members., 10am till 12 noon

Saturday 14th February 2009
Last of The Red Hot Lovers, Paisley Arts Centre, A vibrant mix of zippy one-liners and pathos make the perfect recipe for a great night out on Valentine’s Day. Tickets from £6. Booking line 0141 887 1010. 7.30pm

Sunday 15th February 2009
Build a bird a home!, RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Want to give a home for a bird this spring? Join us to help build and decorate nest boxes, during National Nest Box Week.
£2 RSPB Members, £4 non- members (includes a nest box to take home) 11am till 3pm

Monday 16th February 2009
One And Only Peter Case Makes Welcome Return, The Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan, Case is widely regarded, then, as one of America’s most gifted song-writers. Last time he toured here in 2008, he played to capacity audiences everywhere, a certain sign that he is also highly regarded in the UK. For further information, telephone 01505 706346, 7.30pm £12

Thursday 19th February 2009
Coffee morning, RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Join RSPB staff and volunteers for a hot drink and a chat, in the comfort of the visitor centre, whilst enjoying the wonderful view and wildlife of the reserve! Cost: £2 to cover tea/coffee and biscuits 11am till 1pm

Friday 20th February 2009
Prize Bingo Night, Masonic Club, High Street, Lochwinnoch, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Friday 20th February 2009
Quiz Night, Houston Bowling Club, South Street, Houston, Houston Friends of Accord are holding their Annual Quiz Night and tickets for the event cost £7 which includes a light supper. They can be obtained from Rita Jackson (690623), Joan Andrew (690463), or any member of the committee, 8pm

Saturday 21st February 2009
Border Boogie Band Return to Brookfield, The Border Boogie Band – Brookfield Village Hall. Doors open – 7.30pm. Tickets (£12.50 – incl light buffet supper) from 01505 706346. All profits go to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust

Saturday 21st February 2009
RSPB Art: Watercolours, RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Join us at the visitor centre as local artist Kate Lilley teaches the basics of watercolours. Ideal for beginners but more experienced artists also welcome. Basic equipment provided.
Cost: £5, booking essential 10am till 12 noon

Saturday 21st February 2009
The Kilbarchan Singers,Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

The Kilbarchan Singers and special guests Dieci present ‘Ae Fond Kiss, a concert of Madrigals, Partsongs & Folksongs: including works by Britten, Finzi, Sullivan, Roberton & The King’s Singers. All proceeds going to CHAS & ACCORD Hospice.
Do come and support this group and the charities, 7.30pm  – £7.50

Tuesday 24th February 2009
Pancake Tea, Lochwinnoch Parish Church Halls, Come and Try! Pancakes will be made by ladies on site. There will be various stalls with – baking, Jams, chutney, books and bric-a-brac. All Welcome, 2pm till 4pm, Adults £2 Children £1

Tuesday 24th February 2009
My Grandfather’s Great War, Paisley Arts Centre, Cameron Stewart’s re-enactments of the Somme are so effective you can almost see the blasted landscape and hear the doomed cries. Tickets from £6. Ticket Line 0141 887 1010, 7.30pm

Tuesday 24th February 2009
Pancake Evening, Kilbarchan West Parish Church Hall, all welcome, £2 –  7.30pm

Friday 27th February 2009
Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society Dinner Dance, Port Glasgow Town Hall, Come along for a great evening of dancing. Tickets at £25 each are available from Mrs J Adams, tel. 01505 873109, 7.15pm


Thanks to Mhairi once again for the events.

Friday 9th January 2009

Houston and Killellan Kirk New Year Ceilidh, Houston Bowling Club.  Tickets are £7.50. Music from The Elderberries
Includes a light supper. (Over 18’s only) 7.30pm till midnight

Saturday 10th January 2009

Sark, Kilmacolm Village Centre, Don’t miss our January sale – Hugh reductions – up to 75% off ladies clothes, accessories & Jewellery. Tel: 01505 874439 Mob: 07808 774209 Email: 10am till 2.30pm

Saturday 10th January 2009

Arts & Crafts for Young Teens, Lochwinnoch,RSPB Lochwinnoch,  Anyone aged 12+ who wants to try some arts and crafts workshops should come along to the classes led by professional artist, Cait Gould. Each session costs £10 which covers all materials too.
In the past the group have created stop-frame animation from characters they made in clay; mosaic frames; clay piggy banks (but being creative types, we ended up with a bird, haggis and a cat as well!). If you have a particular area of interest Cait will always try to incorporate it into the workshops. We hope to see you soon.

2pm till 4pm

Sunday 11th January 2009

A Winter Serenade of Strings, Chamber Strings of Melbourne present A Winter Serenade of Strings.

This young string orchestra who are touring the UK will perform a selection of music from Purcell, Telemann, Barber, Arensky, Sibelius and Vivaldi., This event is free to attend, with all donations going towards the Abbey’s organ restoration fund. 3pm

For more information, call Paisley Abbey on 0141 889 7654 or email

Monday 12th January 2009

Please Give Blood!, Boglestone Community Centre, Port Glasgow, You’ve got it in you to save a life! Visit for more info. 2.30pm till 3.45pm

Wednesday 14th January 2009

Senior Citizens, Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir, Willie Kirkwood & Friends, 7.15pm

Wednesday 14th January 2009

Please Give Blood!, Community Sports Centre, Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine, You’ve got it in you to save a life! Visit for more info. 2.30pm till 3.45pm
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Thursday 6th November 2008
Hannah and Harvey, Paisley Arts Centre, Hannah’s world is her bedroom; she loves to paint and dream. Dad doesn’t know what to do – until one day he arrives in a big rabbit shaped package. Tel 0141 887 1010 or visit for further information. 7pm tickets £8.50 conc £5

Friday 7th November 2008
Neil Wilson, Carrick Centre, Houston, Tickets are available at the door on the night. Tel: 01505 690907. Further details log on to 8pm tickets £8 conc £7

Friday 7th November 2008
A Tribute in Poem and Song,
Paisley Abbey,
Choral works and poetry set to music combine in this concert being given on the eve of Armistice weekend. Under 16’s free with paying adult. £12.50

Saturday 8th November 2008
Annual Scout Firework Display, BAE (RO)Car Park, Station Road, Bishopton, Cost £1 per person payable at the gate hot dogs, toffee apples etc. A great family night. 7.30pm

Saturday 8th November 2008
‘Brunch & Browse’, St Fillan’s Hall, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, Home made soups, home baking, tea, coffee, books & lots of stalls. Great value! Disabled Access. 10 am till 2pm £2.50

Saturday 8th November 2008
Paisley Farmers Market, County Square, Paisley – next to Gilmour Street Train Station,
Get your hands on some of the best fish, seafood, organic vegetables and meat products in the West of Scotland. An early arrival is recommended. Call 01655 770217 for further information. 9am till 1pm

Saturday 8th November 2008
Michael Marra, Paisley Arts Centre, One of Scotland’s most prolific songwriters, and a much loved and respected figure in the entertainment business. Tel 0141 887 1010 or visit for further information., 7.30pm, £10 (£7.50)

Saturday 8th November 2008
Antique Fair and Coffee Morning, Kilmacolm Village Centre, Kilmacolm Friends of Ardgowan Hospice welcome everyone. In addition to the Antique Fair, there will be baking and fancy goods stalls. 10am till 12.30pm

Monday 10th November 2008
Renfrew Horticultural Society, Renfrew Town Hall, The speaker will be Mr Hamish McKelvie from Houston and his subject will be Cactus and succulents in the garden. All are welcome., 7.30pm

Wednesday 12th November 2008
Houston and Crosslee SWRI, Compass Centre, Houston, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue will give a talk on fire prevention at the meeting. 7.30pm

Wednesday 12th November 2008
Senior Citizens, Cargill Hall, Bridge of Weir, 7.15pm

Wednesday 12th November 2008
Me and My Girl, Johnstone Town Hall, Ludovic Square, Johnstone, Adults – £7.50 Concs/Children – £7
15% Discount on Block Bookings of 20 or more on one night.
Tickets are non-returnable.
Contact Mrs Wendy Young on 01505 320554 or Linda Rae on 01505 342433.

Wednesday 12th November 2008
Parking Lot in Pittsburgh,
Paisley Arts Centre, This play will make you laugh, cry, cringe and despair at the family in-fighting that occurs. Tel 0141 887 1010 or visit for further information 7.30pm £8 (£7)

Thursday 13th November 2008
Cheese & Wine and Craft Evening, Kilbarchan West Church Hall, Shop early for Christmas and avoid the last minute rush, 7.30pm – 9.30pm £5


Sunday 20th July 2008

Finlaystone Country Estate

Teddy Bears’ Picnic & Dolls’ Tea Party 1.30pm onwards

Bring teddy or dolly and a picnic for the special tea party.  Fun and games for all with puppet and magic shows

For more information call 01475-540505 or email

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