Scala!!!18

Directed by Jane Giles, Ali Catterall | UK | 2023 | 1h 36m

During the 1970s and 80s, the iconic Scala cinema curated an eclectic mix of films, ranging from high art to cult classics. Pushing the boundaries of convention, the venue became an inspiration for many local creatives. With interviews, unseen archive footage, and clips from notorious films, this uproarious behind-the-scenes documentary explores the legacy of a beloved independent venue and celebrates the weird and wild side of cinema.

Join us on Saturday 13th January for a special Q&A screening with film director Ali Catterall.

Reviews

‘What elevates the story is the matter-of-fact delivery: for most people, it would be the stuff that nightmares are made of, but it’s just another night at the Scala.’
★★★★
Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘Deeply evocative of a London that has changed beyond recognition, for better or worse, and of a lost utopia of cinema-going as shared experience.’
★★★★
Jonathan Romney, The FT

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We showed Scala!!! between January 13, 2024 and January 18, 2024.

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Today (Saturday 15th June)

15:30

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18:15

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 18
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20:30

The Beast 15
2h 27m | French w/ English subtitles
As a woman (Léa Seydoux) undergoes a procedure to rid her DNA of all feelings, she crosses paths with a man from her past lives. An ambitious dystopian sci-fi from acclaimed French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello.

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Tomorrow (Sunday 16th June)

14:30

Army of Shadows 12A
2h 25m | French w/ English subtitles
A group of French resistance fighters battle against the Nazis in German-controlled Marseilles as well as suspicion amongst their own ranks in Jean-Pierre Melville's gripping wartime thriller.

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17:30

Slow 15
1h 48m | Lithuanian w/ English subtitles
A dancer and a sign language interpreter redefine what intimacy means for their relationship when one of them reveals that they are asexual in this award-winning Lithuanian drama.

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20:00

There's Still Tomorrow 15
1h 58m | Italian w/ English subtitles
The arrival of a mysterious letter inspires a housewife to stand up to her husband and imagine a better future for her family in this sweeping, record-breaking Italian melodrama.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!