Popcorn in the Park … outdoor cinema shows return to Glasgow Botanic Gardens

By Ian Marland at

They’re back by popular demand – outdoor cinema nights in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens will be the backdrop to four nights of classic outdoor cinema screenings next month.

And the films will celebrate the work of Glasgow’s very own Bill Forsyth.

Outdoor cinema at the Botanics

Shows: Outdoor film screenings will celebrate work of director Bill Forsyth. Photo credit: Robert Perry

Following a successful pilot outdoor cinema last summer, ‘Bill in The Botanics’ will run from August 17 to 20.

The event will showcase four films by Glasgow’s most-famous director.

They are: That Sinking Feeling, Comfort and Joy, Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero.

All will be shown on a massive screen for all to enjoy.

Tickets are expected to sell out, so make sure you secure your space via

The screening events are the latest effort to connect the community with businesses and people of Glasgow.

The event is the work of the Byres Road & Lanes Business Improvement District – the group behind the Visit West End campaign.

Outdoor cinema in the Botanic Gardens

Success: The screenings return after a successful run last summer. Photo credit: Robert Perry

David Howat, chairman of Visit West End, said: “If ever there was a film that could make you laugh and cry, it’s the iconic ‘Local Hero’.

“Being a native of the West End, we thought it was a great opportunity to pay homage to one of Glasgow’s best directors.

“After the phenomenal demand from last year’s Botanic screenings, we can’t wait to bring these movies to the big screen, that were directed by one of Glasgow’s own and filmed across the city.


“They really are a celebration of Glasgow and Glaswegians.

“Make sure your reserve your ticket, organise your friends and family and get set to revel in the splendour of the Botanics and a spot of cinema gold.”

All films will be shown at 9pm each evening and run from Thursday, August 17 until Sunday, August 20.

Tickets cost £3. Secure your ticket, head to

Event Details:

That Sinking Feeling 1979 – 21.00, Thursday August 17

Comfort and Joy 1984 – 21.00, Friday August 18

Gregory’s Girl 1981 – 21.00 Saturday August 19

Local Hero 1983 – 21.00, Sunday August 20


Gregory’s Girl –Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Local Hero –An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected.

Comfort and Joy: Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor.

That Sinking Feeling: Unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow plot a crime of the century.