The cinema coincides with a £20 million extension of the Pollok shopping centre, and will boast the first Superscreen — a wall to wall screen with dual projecters for brighter 3D films — in Scotland, as well as a Starbucks branch and Baskin Robbins counter.
Richard Henderson, general manager of the Silverburn Cineworld, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to unveil Scotland’s first ever Superscreen at our new cinema.
“With such an exciting line up of films this summer we look forward to welcoming the community and sharing our passion for film with everyone in the area.”
The new addition will create more than 90 new jobs, with the number of Cineworld employees in Glasgow topping 330.
The new cinema had previously provoked debate among Extra readers, with many commenting that the expansion could have a negative effect on neighbouring communities, from taking customers away from the high street to the shopping mall, and concerns about increased traffic and parking.
This week, the reaction on Facebook was mostly positive as film buffs planned cinema trips without having to leave the southside.
Pamela Leroy commented: “Looking forward to saving a fortune on parking in town. I might even go more often!”
Claire Easther Haigh is happy that the pictures are now “close enough to walk”, while another reader said: “Woohoo! Can’t wait.”
Over on Twitter, other readers pointed to long-discussed plans for a high street cinema in Shawlands. Gary Kilpatrick said: “would have preferred to see G1 finally make Tusk into a cinema as they said they would.”
Gary Cushway added: “Still waiting for the one we’re supposed to be getting in Shawlands. Instead we just have empty G1 buildings.”