Scala is a nightclub in London, England, near King's Cross railway station.
The Scala was originally built as a Cinema to the designs of H Courtney Constantine, but construction was interrupted by the First World War and it spent some time being used to manufacture aircraft parts, and as a labour exchange for demobilised troops before opening in 1920 as the King's Cross Cinema. The cinema changed hands and names several times through its life and also changed focus, ranging from main-stream to art-house to adult film over 70 years, as well as spending a short time as a primatarium.
In the summer of 1972, the Scala (then known as the King's Cross Cinema) played host to the one and only UK concert by Iggy & The Stooges (who were in London recording the album Raw Power.) All photographs later featured in the Raw Power album sleeve (including the famous cover shot) were taken that night during the show.
In the early 1990s London's popular Scala Film Club showed the film A Clockwork Orange without permission from Stanley Kubrick or Warner Brothers. At Kubrick's insistence, Warners sued and won. As a result, Scala was almost bankrupt and closed in 1993, however, the club was re-opened in 1999. The cinema had been refitted, with the lower seating area incorporating the new stage, DJ booth and dancefloor, while the upper seating area incorporated a second room and a DJ booth.
Scala now plays host to many eclectic club nights, including Simon Hobart's Popstarz, and has featured live music acts including The Libertines, Deftones, Outlandish, London Elektricity, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Moby, HIM, Wheatus, Adam Ant, Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles, Gavin DeGraw, Ray LaMontagne, Super Furry Animals, The Cutaway, The Chemical Brothers and Avril Lavigne, Enslaved, Gorgoroth and Lacuna Coil. The venue is also used for a party in which representatives of that year's Eurovision Song Contest get a chance to perform live and promote their song in the hope that Britons will vote for them.
Notes and references
- ^ Scala London | Scala's history