Cineworld City Centre, Glasgow

7 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3AB

Architect: Atkins, Walters & Webster   Listing: None   No of Seats: 4,300

Status: Open & Operational   Opened: 2001   Closed: N/A

Official Website: www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/glasgow-renfrew-street

Other information:

Formerly known as the UGC. Opened on 21 September 2001, the UGC made a big impact on the Glasgow cinema scene. At over 12 stories high, and with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Tallest Cinema, the UGC was also the UK’s busiest cinema in terms of admissions in 2003.

It seats around 4,300 in total over 18 screens, the largest of which seats 663, the smallest 84. The largest screen is 18.4m x 8.4m (60 feet x 27 feet, 2.2:1 ratio approx.) The screens are all wall to wall and floor to ceiling, with no tabs or masking.

Level 0 – Foyer; Level 1 – Bar; Level 2 – Screens 1 – 3 & ‘Party Room’; Level 3 – Screens 4 – 7; Level 4 – Screens 8 -11; Level 5 – Screens 12 – 15; Level 6 – Screen 16 – 18.

UGC was taken over by Cineworld in 2005, and the cinema rebranded at that time.
For earlier pictures of the building as the UGC, click here.

The UGC was built on the site of another record-breaking cinema, Green’s Playhouse, which was Europe’s largest cinema in terms of number of seats (4,368).

Screen Number No. of Seats Screen Size (ft)
1 170 34
2 157 31
3 663 60
4 193 36
5 218 35
6 138 30
7 434 48
8 196 34
9 243 36
10 181 35
11 374 42
12 196 35
13 243 36
14 181 35
15 374 41
16 84 30
17 84 30
18 177 43

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