An Image of Gloucester Guildhall's cinema

Gloucester Guildhall in Eastgate Street (next door to the C&G Building Society) is the county's liveliest, most diverse venue, boasting a cinema screen, a concert hall, theatre, galleries, workshops and delightful café-bar. It was originally built in the 1890's as the civic headquarters for Gloucester City Council to designs by architect George Hunt. It was converted into an arts venue in 1987 following the relocation of the council's offices to Gloucester Docks. It was officially opened as the Guildhall Arts Centre on Friday 28th March 1988 by the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Andrew Gravells. Its Theatre opened to the public at this time with its Cinema in the autumn of that year. The Guildhall site was previously occupied by the Bluecoat Hospital from 1668 until 1889.

Gloucester Guildhall is managed by Gloucester City Council's Cultural Services and Tourism section, part of the Regeneration portfolio.

Up to 250,000 people visit the venue each year to be entertained by fantastic new live music, comedy & theatre. Many of the acts who have appeared at the venue since it opened are now major household names.

Gloucester Guildhall's unique Cinema is housed in the sumptuous oak-panelled former council chamber, and its diverse mix of classic films, arthouse releases and big screen blockbusters is the most exciting in the county. Information about our film programme is available here| .

Its Theatre was originally the victorian Guildhall's Civic ballroom, and features one of the best sprung dance floors in the county. Information about our music programme is available here| , and about our comedy programme here| .

The venue also stages hundreds of workshops every year, from Jazzjive to breakdancing, yoga to life drawing, and has a year-round programme of cutting edge new art and photography exhibitions. Information about our workshops and classes programme is available here| . Information about our current exhibitions programme is available here| .

Gloucester Guildhall's café-bar is a laid-back and peaceful haven just a step away from the hustle and bustle of Eastgate Street, offering fresh cooked, home-made lunches, many suitable for vegetarians. More information about the café-bar is available here| .

Smoking is not permitted in Gloucester Guildhall at any time.

Extensive building works took place during the 1990's to improve access to the building for customers with mobility problems.