• the word SCALA!!! in yellow emblazened over a movie calender and pictures from movies in retangled boxes
  • 3 people standing on scaffolding outside the Scala cinema .
  • an opulent white building with a marquee in front with the word SCALA
Or the Incredibly Strange Rise and Fall of the World’s Wildest Cinema and How It Influenced a Mixed-up Generation of Weirdos and Misfits

“A suitably riotous documentary about the subversive London cinema.” – The Guardian

In Britain’s post-punk Thatcher years, the infamous and legendary Scala cinema showed a diverse range of films, from high art to cult classics, sexploitation, horror, Kung-Fu and LGBTQIA+. Nudging boundaries of convention, it became an inspiration for future famous creatives.

With interviews from nearly 50 contributors, previously unseen archive footage and film clips, Scala!!! is an anarchic, uproarious documentary telling the riotous inside story, with an original soundtrack by celebrated musician Barry Adamson. Transcending nostalgia, Scala!!! is a universal testament to the power of cinemas, providing refuge and community for outsiders. A place where everyone is welcome.

“It is impossible to talk about the history of the Scala without talking about Thundercrack!“.  As such, how could we not unspool Curt McDowell & George Kuchar’s cult/horror/porn phenomenon later in the evening?

1h 36m
Ali Catterall & Jane Giles
Great Britain
First Showing
June 18, 2024


Tuesday, June 18, 2024 6:30 PM
Location Big Roxie

Note films start right at the listed showtime.
Free or discounted for members.

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