Princes Square and Buchanan Street,
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Central Glasgow’s Princes Square shopping centre was first designed and built in the 1840’s by John Baird and other architects. Much more recently, in 1986, it was redeveloped to a design by Edinburgh architects, the Hugh Martin Partnership, whereby the original buildings were restored and covered with a clear glass domed and vaulted roof. An expansion was completed in summer 1999, extending the centre into Springfield Court and providing a further 20,000 sq ft of retail area and a new retail frontage to Queen Street.
The original cellars of the existing buildings were excavated to provide additional space. Inside the square, new galleries and stairs give access to the upper storeys. The original sandstone facades were preserved around the modern interior. The centre is adorned with decorative glass, tiling, lighting, timber and metalwork, designed by artists and craftsmen.
Writer Bill Bryson has referred to Princes Square as “one of the most intelligent pieces of urban renewal”.
The Hugh Martin Partnership earned several design awards for Princes Square and, in 2016, it was voted Scotland’s best building of the last 100 years. The original fabric has been protected as a category B Listed building since 1970.
The Square is home to many top-range fashion outlets and there is a full array of cafes and restaurants.
Not surprisingly, Everyman chose this distinctly up-market destination for their first cinema in Scotland.
Operating with a 30 year lease, the Everyman opened on Friday 26th October 2018 with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Halloween” (2018), “A Star is Born” (2018), “First Man”, “Smallfoot” and “Johnny English Strikes Again” spread across its three screens.
Seating capacities are: Screen 1:95, Screen 2:71 and Screen 3:38. Screens 1 and 2 have 4k projection, while Screen 3 has 2k; Screen 2 is the only one equipped for 3D. There are, of course, the usual bar facilities, with waiter service to your cinema seat.
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