King's Theatre Glasgow
The King's Theatre opened to the public in 1904 and is one of Glasgow's principal entertainment venues, renowned for its annual pantomime. The theatre cost £50,000 to build, which, despite seeming like a fairly modest amount of cash for such a grand landmark, is actually the equivalent of around £3.5 million or more in modern-day money.
The theatre became particularly popular by the 1930s, when it remained open in the summer and attempted to compete with the summer shows of Scotland's seaside resorts, where many Glaswegians would holiday. King's was also revered for its dramas, musicals and ballets by the 1960s, when the venue was sold to the Glasgow Corporation and was spared closure as other theatres sprung up in the area.
King's has welcomed many famous acts over the years, including the Jackson Five, who attended the Royal Variety Performance here in the 1970s. The first pantomime here took place in 1964, when Bobby Dennis and Johnny Beattie starred in 'A Wish for Jamie'. Another key event in the theatre's history was the Queen's Silver Royal Jubilee in 1977, when Her Majesty was introduced to Sydney Devine and Dolly Parton. The theatre was also the venue for the opening ceremony of Glasgow's City of Culture & Events Ceremony in 1990, and benefited from a major renovation before the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
One of the finest landmarks close to hotels near King's Theatre, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum received a significant refurbishment in the 2000s, and displays more than 8,000 artefacts. The magnificent building dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and was partially funded by the money Glasgow earned from the International Exhibition in 1888.
See Glasgow's handsome medieval cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is one of the best-preserved Gothic-style buildings in Scotland. If you love wandering around picturesque landscaped gardens, don't forget to see the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, which is noted for its beautiful glasshouses and the impressive 19th-century wrought-iron Kibble Palace.
Local hotels and restaurants
For fantastic Spanish dishes, head to Malaga Tapas, and for tasty Italian cuisine, you can't go wrong at Bella Vita or Sapori D'Italia. For some superb Asian-fuision dishes, dine at Opium, or consider the elegant Cail Bruich restaurant for some mouthwatering British and European-themed food.
For the ultimate hotel experience, choose the chic Radisson Blue Hotel, or consider the citizenM Glasgow hotel if you're looking for somewhere that's still highly sophisticated but more budget friendly. Other stylish hotels near King's Theatre include the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre - Argyle St, the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre - George Square and the Alexander Thomson Hotel, all of which offer great value for money.
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