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FULLY INTACT copies with minor aesthetic imperfections... this book is now Out Of Print apart from the few copies remaining here at FAB Press. Either pay full price £100 for a perfect copy, or save £25 by picking up one of these very slightly imperfect copies.


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Your chance to pick up a rare and exclusive version of the slipcased edition of this Award-Winning book at reduced price!

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING: All copies offered at this super-low price did not pass our stringent Quality Control tests. These books have minor defects that may include bumped corners, scuffed or marked covers, overly tight fitting books that are an effort to remove from the slipcase, small tears on one or two inner pages, etc. All faults are purely aesthetic, and all books are fully intact and perfectly readable. By ordering at this ultra low price you acknowledge the item will have some imperfections, hence no returns will be processed.



WINNER of the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award 2019
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise publications that have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation celebrates innovation within the publishing industry, selecting books for their attention to content, texture, quality and presentation. Shortlisted titles "integrate images, text and their composition as a whole and can be regarded and celebrated as works of art themselves."


SCALA CINEMA 1978-1993 is a gorgeous, oversized (380mm x 310mm!), extremely weighty (6KG!) and very entertaining picture book about the Scala cinema, based on its iconic programmes.


Here is a clip of Scala founder Stephen Woolley chatting with the BBC's Mark Kermode about the book...

...and you can now watch David McGillivray's interview with Scala book author Jane Giles!


SCALA CINEMA 1978-1993 - Bumps & Scuffs Edition

Items Included

  • The Scala book in its slipcase (the slipcase art is by renowned movie poster illustrator Graham Humphreys)

SCALA CINEMA 1978-1993

written by Jane Giles, with a foreword by Stephen Woolley

The most infamous and influential of all repertory cinemas, the Scala’s iconic programmes tell their own unique story about culture and society between 1978-1993, a post-punk / pre-internet period of significant change. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Scala programme and the 25th anniversary of the cinema's closure, an ideal time to take stock of a legacy which includes many of today’s most exciting filmmakers who’ve credited the Scala’s influence on their work.

Because this fantastic book is large format and fully illustrated with all 178 of the Scala’s monthly programmes from 1978-1993, third-party production costs are very high. The only way we can possibly afford to publish this book is with YOUR help, by purchasing direct from us, rather than from online re-sellers who keep a huge slice of what you pay for themselves, so please join us by pre-ordering this history-making publication direct from FAB Press... and don't forget to tell your friends about it!


About the Scala
The Scala was launched by Stephen Woolley out of the ashes of a defunct socialist collective on the site of an ancient concert hall and theatre in Fitzrovia. Pushed out of its premises by the arrival of Channel 4 television in 1981, the Scala moved to the Primatarium, a former picture palace and one-time rock venue in King’s Cross. A lone operator, the Scala closed down in mid-1993, following a perfect storm of lease expiry, the financial ravages of the recession, the redevelopment of the local area … and a devastating court case.


About the Author
Jane Giles started going to the Scala when she was 17, and was programme manager there from 1988-1992. A film exhibitor and distributor, she is the author of books The Cinema of Jean Genet, Criminal Desires and The Crying Game (BFI Modern Classics) in addition to writing for the Guardian, Time Out, Sight & Sound and others.

About the Publisher
Harvey Fenton was a regular at the Scala during its final 5 years. He attributes the Scala for transforming his curiosity about off-beat cinema into a full-blown obsession that directly led to the formation of his company FAB Press, specialists in high-end quality cinema books for cult connoisseurs. He recently collaborated with Nicolas Winding Refn and author Jimmy McDonough to publish The Ghastly One: The 42nd Street Netherworld of Director Andy Milligan, is the official publisher for leading UK genre specialists FrightFest, and is also Dario Argento's official English language publisher. He designed and ran the Indiegogo campaign for the Scala book whilst simultaneously carrying out design and layout work on the first FAB Press publication of 2018, Renegade Westerns.


Technical Details

Trimmed Page Size: 375mm x 300mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 424 pages, fully illustrated throughout in colour

Collector's Edition ISBN: NONE

Publication Date: 26 September 2018

RRP: £100.00

Market: Cinema

Weight: 6150g

Edition: First Edition

Product CodeScala-CollectorsEd-Seconds
ManufacturerFAB Press
Stock Level9

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