The Week In Screenings Part XXI

Wednesday, August 10 2011
The Week In Screenings Part XXI

With precious little to see at cinemas over the past week, our regular correspondent Alex Kidd instead looks ahead to the forthcoming Scala Forever season in and around London, which celebrates the seminal London repertory cinema…

The Scala Cinema is back.

The spirit of England’s best rep cinema lives on in the upcoming Scala Forever season, a six-week long series of screenings and events taking place around London from August 13 August October 2. Based around the South London venue The Roxy Bar & Screen, the season also takes in a huge range of other venues and events around the capital.

Despite closing down in 1993 the Scala cinema is still fondly remembered by all those that watched films there, its amazing cross section of screenings and events highlighted everything that there was to discover about cinema. From classic vintage screenings to offbeat cult classic right up to championing brand new releases that wouldn’t get shown anywhere else, the Scala was an essential part of London’s cinema scene all the way through its existence.

This brand new Scala Forever season brings together a selection of classic films that became well known as Scala regulars and wide selection of films in the Scala style: original, inventive and challenging.

The season kicks-of this Saturday August 13 at The Roxy with a screening of the first film ever shown at the Scala Kings Cross location: King Kong. The legendary ape is a perfectly fitting film to start the season with, its fantasy elements and action packed story mark it as prime Scala material. There’s also a party afterwards to launch the season, it looks like it’ll be busy so make sure you get down there early.

Other highlights of the season include double-bills, triple-bills, all-dayers and a selection of all-night screenings, here’s a few screenings I’d recommend taking a look at:

The Zombie All-Nighter – Saturday August 20 – Spend all night with the undead in this brilliant collection of Zombie classics, including genre classic Zombie Flesh eaters and Dawn Of the Dead.

Russ Meyer Double-Bill – Tuesday August 23 – Russ Meyer was regular fixture at the Scala and this well chosen double pay tribute that truly unique filmmaker we all love.

Spaghetti Western Double-Bill – Sunday August  28– A rare chance to see two classic films from the genre together, The Big Silence and Once Upon A Time In the West.

Female Prisoner Scorpion All-Nighter – Cigarette Burns Cinema are showing the first three films in this groundbreaking Pink Violence series, a truly unique all-nighter this one.

Scala Day – Saturday September 17 – An event looking back at the Scala with contributions from the original staff as well as a double-bill of Pink Flamingos and The Bride Of Frankenstein.

Also my own film night The Duke Mitchell Film Club is taking part in the season, we’re doing three nights of films all very much in the Scala style. August 24 marks four years we’ve been putting on The Duke and we’re throwing a film birthday party that night, we’ll be showing an entire night of weird, odd and obscure footage to celebrate our four years. Then on September 8 The Duke heads down to the Roxy for our screening of the early gore horror film The Flesh Eaters, while our final night in the season on September 28 features a night of Turkish Grindhouse, where we’ve painstakingly subtitled all the footage ourselves, so that’s going to be a unique event and one not to miss.

The Scala Forever season is a truly fantastic event, one that offers you great chance to see a wide range of films and hopefully relive some of the classic Scala memories.

You can find out all the dates and locations via the official Scala Forever website here: