2018 marked a double anniversary being 40 years since the Scala Cinema opened on Tottenham Street and 25 years since the King’s Cross cinema closed, so it felt right to celebrate the inspiration behind Scalarama once more.
Scala Cinema: The Book
Jane Giles, former manager and programmer of the Scala, worked tirelessly with FAB Press to create a brand new book that features every single Scala programme from 1978 – 1993, with a full index of films, history of the Scala and London’s cultural scene, and plenty of photos and anecdotes about the time. Check out the video below for more details on the book. You can order a copy here.
For Scalarama, we are encouraging everyone to delve into the history of the Scala (see here, here and here for articles about it) and put on your own tribute, inspired by their programming (see a taster of their programming on Letterboxd), their rebellious energy, their cats or whatever you like. We encourage double bills or even all-nighters. Films don’t have to be from the Scala time, anything post-1993 that has the Scala spirit (or would have been something they’d show) is all good too!
The Sound of Scala
And for a sound of the Scala, why not listen to this mega mix from Mark Moore, pulling together a real plethora of soundtracks to help reminisce on the glory days of the Scala.