Newly opened Lanternhouse theater will be a game-changer for Cumbernauld


Cumbernauld’s new Lanternhouse Theater is a “game changer” for the city, according to an MSP.

Jamie Hepburn, MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, met the Cumbernauld Theater Trust (CTT) board team and toured the new performing arts venue which opened earlier this month in the North Lanarkshire.

The MSP was accompanied on the tour of the building and its state-of-the-art facilities by CTT CEO Sarah Price, CTT member Alex Linkston, Councilor Alan Masterton and members of the CTT team.

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Located in the heart of Cumbernauld, on the Cumbernauld Academy campus, Lanternhouse is home to two performance spaces – a 300-seat auditorium and a theater and dance studio. An 84-seat cinema and café / bistro will open later this year.

The MSP said: “It was great to visit and see the new Lanternhouse installation which will clearly be a game changer for CTT and the arts sector locally.

“I am sure the residents of Cumbernauld will be delighted to see this new venue in action and also look forward to using the cinema there as well.

“This is a testament to the work and vision of CTT and their partners and I am sure it will be a great success.”

Lanternhouse opened to the public in October with a fall season of theater, dance, music, comedy and an inclusive program of creative learning activities.

CTT chief executive Sarah called the launch a “fantastic success,” despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic.

She said Lanarkshire Live: “Our community has been so generous in their support, eager to get involved, eager to participate in our program and run activities.

“Lanternhouse already feels like the cultural home of the community, and we are very grateful for the support we have had in bringing this installation to our audience.

“We look forward to engaging and working alongside the community to deliver a vibrant, inclusive and relevant cultural program for everyone.”

The Theater program also includes a number of socially engaged art projects, some already underway and several planned to increase access to a variety of artistic activities, including photography, contemporary dance and creative writing, led by professional artists.

Tickets for the full live performance program are on sale now online at the new website and by visiting or calling the ticket office: 01236 732 887.

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