4:45pm - Saturday, Nov 25, 2023

Joins us at the Rio Theatre for one of our favourite kind of documentaries - the ones about movie theatres - 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.)

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.

Saturday, November 25
Doors 4:15 pm | Movie 4:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

SCALA!!! (Ali Catterall, Jane Giles / 2023 / 96 mins) A feature-length big screen documentary telling the riotous inside story of the infamous sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll repertory cinema which inspired a generation during Britain's turbulent Thatcher years.

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