Scala Rediscovered

Scala Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered 2019

Season

Please note: this season finished in July 2019

"The Scala had magic. It was like joining a club - a very secret club, like a biker gang or something ... It's like they were a country club for criminals and lunatics and people that were high ... which is a good way to see movies." - John Waters

Post-punk and pre-digital, the Scala was London’s most infamous repertory cinema, showing double-bills of classics, cult movies, horror, animation, LGBT+ and experimental films. Throughout the years of Thatcher and fear-mongering film censorship, it stuck two fingers up to the establishment with a mind-bogglingly eclectic menu.

In the audience were filmmakers including Ben Wheatley, Martin McDonagh, James Marsh, Carol Morley, Joe Cornish and Viv Albertine who have since attested to the Scala’s influence and legacy, while Christopher Nolan still carries his last Scala membership card in his wallet.

Join Jane Giles, former Scala Programmer and author of the lavish Scala Cinema 1978-1993 coffee table tome (who was famously prosecuted for illegally screening A Clockwork Orange in 1993), for an in-conversation with Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove. It's also the perfect excuse to indulge in some Scala favourites including a 30th anniversary screening Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and a special showing of 1974 American horror It's Alive in an homage to the late Larry Cohen (1936 -2019).

Scala Cinema 1978-1993 by Jane Giles is published by FAB Press and has won the 2019 Kraszna-Krausz award for excellence in moving image book publishing.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Santa Sangre

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Santa Sangre
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
A violent, bloody, dream-like work like no other, Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsettling, troubling and oddly rewarding Santa Sangre follows a boy who grows up in the circus and whose strange experiences mark his life.

Mr Bongo's 30th Birthday Bash

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Mr Bongo's 30th Birthday Bash
Please note: This event took place in July 2019
Event
Join us in the Café and Bar for a special take over to celebrate 30 years of Mr Bongo, the iconic record shop and film label, before a late night screening of Mexican/Italian cult classic Santa Sangre.

Scala Rediscovered

Scala Rediscovered
Scala Rediscovered
Please note: This event took place in July 2019
Talk
Post-punk and pre-digital, the Scala was London’s most infamous repertory cinema. Join author, film exhibitor (and previous programme manager for The Scala) Jane Giles in conversation with Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove for a discussion on the Scala's influence.

It's Alive

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It's Alive
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
A late night screening of B movie director, writer and producer Larry Cohen’s best known works featuring a mutant baby, a score by Bernard Herrmann, and special effects and make up from Rick Baker.