Status: (Updated on 1st April 2018)
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Doors open at 7:00 PM – Event ends at 12:00 AM
Age: You must be 18 years of age or more to attend this event (no exceptions) | Photo ID – Please bring ID if you are 25 years of age or less or appear so. | | Access – Standing. There are no seats assigned. The venue is arranged on several floors with many stairs and no lift. Find out more about accessiblity.
About Scala Cinema Book Launch Party
‘The Scala had magic. It was like joining a very secret club, like a biker gang or something… They could show films uncut because they had memberships, well that’s insane! 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
It was the legendary cinema that banned Shane McGowan for his exploits during an All-Nighter, fought the ‘Video Nasties’ bill and was prosecuted for showing A Clockwork Orange… 25 years later the Scala Cinema is back for one night only to launch a new book featuring the complete collection of its iconic monthly programmes from 1978-1993.
Author and former Scala programmer Jane Giles reveals the highs, lows, thrills and spills of this notorious and influential rep cinema, whose audience then included many of today’s most exciting filmmakers. Published by FAB Press, the Scala Cinema book has been subsidised thanks to the generosity of some film industry folk, and crowd funded by Indiegogo.
Presented by Scalarama, the book launch event will be a night of film highlights, music & dancing, special guests, free Space Invaders tour
naments and surprises! The headline act is now confirmed as composer Simon Boswell and his band the AND performing live his scores for Scala classics by Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Richard Stanley. Reuniting Scala staff and audiences alike, the venue will once again celebrate the Psychotronic, Kung Fu, horror, cult, music and LGBT+ films of the Scala’s vibrant daily changing programme. Everyone welcome.
The Scala Cinema book will be onsale at the event or can be pre-ordered at www.fabpress.com