La Scala Cinema

157 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow, G2 3EW

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Architects: Neil Campbell Duff, Alister Gladstone MacDonald, James McKissack

Firms: Duff & Cairns

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Scala Film Centre

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La Scala, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

The La Scala Cinema was opened on 17th October 1912 by Glasgow Photo Playhouse Ltd. It was located within an old warehouse building and was designed by architects Neil Campbell Duff & James McKissack. It had a rectangular auditorium which contained 1,000 seats located in stalls, and a balcony that had side slips supported on pillars.

In 1928 a Christie 2Manual/8Ranks theatre organ was installed, becoming the first cinema in Scotland to install an instrument by this manufacturer. It was opened by organist Edward O'Henry. In August 1936 the interior was given a complete renovation by architect Alister G. MacDonald and the auditorium now had an up-to-date zig-zag Art Deco style and an enlarged seating capacity of 1,300.

In 1976, the auditorium was divided into two screens seating 650 and 250. Two years later in 1978 the former café was converted into a third screen seating 110.

Re-named the Scala Film Centre in 1981 it closed on 28th May 1984 with "Police Academy", "Night Moves" and "Risky Business". The auditorium was demolished, but the front section of the building remains and went over to retail use as a Mark One clothing shop, which today has become a Waterstones Bookshop.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

HowardBHaas on December 4, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Thanks to Ken Roe for adding this theater to this website today. For a vintage photo of the auditorium facing stage, after redesigned described above with an Art Deco makeover, scroll down to page 14,
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jrhine on February 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

The Christie organ in the La Scala was a 2/8.

arkay on December 21, 2016 at 6:13 am

I have visited it a few times over the years .Seeing Gregors Girl There and Quadophenia .

Alan Baker
Alan Baker on March 4, 2018 at 7:33 am

From 1954 to 1958, La Scala was the Glasgow home of 20th Century Fox CinemaScope films. This followed Fox and Rank falling out over the cost of ‘Scope installations and extended runs and the creation of the Fox (or Fourth)circuit.

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