2-16 Orr Street, Bridgeton Cross G40 2QH
1911, George Arthur and Son, 2012, Page\Park Architects
The B-listed Olympia Building began life in 1911 as the Olympia Theatre of Varieties, and is now home to the Olympia Social Research Hub as well as Bridgeton Library and Scotland's first British Film Institute (BFI) Mediatheque. You are invited to the top floor to learn about health and life in Glasgow, the building's history, and to take in the panoramic city views.
The building has had an eventful history, being used as a theatre, cinema, bingo club and furniture store, before becoming derelict and suffering a serious fire in the early 21st century. It was acquired on behalf of the local community by Clyde Gateway Ltd in 2009 and, after extensive redevelopment, was reopened in 2012 as part of the regeneration of Bridgeton Cross.
For Doors Open Days in 2018 the top floor will be open, where you can enjoy views over the city and meet the tenants: the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the University of Glasgow. As befits a former cinema, you can view a number of short films exploring life in Glasgow and hear more about work to understand Glasgow's health and tackle inequalities in the city, with a particular focus on the lives of children and young people. Booking for these tours is essential, though a small number of places will be available on the day.
Tours: Tue & Thu 5.30pm; Sat 11am & 12pm; 45 minutes
Tuesday 11th September 5.30pm
Thursday 13th September 5.30pm
Saturday 15th September 11am
Saturday 15th September 12pm
Free on-street parking available nearby
Accessibility: The first and second floors will not be open to the public.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443