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 (Friday 1st March)

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18:00

The Iron Claw 15
2h 12m
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21:00

The Settlers 15
1h 41m | Spanish w/ English subtitles
A wealthy landowner enlists the services of three mercenaries to safeguard his estate. But is there a hidden agenda? Award-winning anti-Western set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Chile.

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Tomorrow (Saturday 2nd March)

15:45

The Settlers 15
1h 41m | Spanish w/ English subtitles
A wealthy landowner enlists the services of three mercenaries to safeguard his estate. But is there a hidden agenda? Award-winning anti-Western set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Chile.

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18:00

The Zone of Interest 12A
1h 45m | German, Polish & Yiddish w/ English subtitles
Acclaimed director Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) returns with this stunningly shot and chilling examination of life within the perimeters of Auschwitz, adapted from Martin Amis' novel.

Book here

20:30

The Iron Claw 15
2h 12m
Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White (The Bear) star in Sean Durkin's emotional heavyweight melodrama about the Von Erich brothers who battled tragedy to become wrestling royalty in the 1980s.

Book here


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!