Scala Cinema

Shaftesbury Road,
Oldfield Park,
Bath, BA2 3LH

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Scala Cinema

I did three weeks of relief projectionist work at Bath, Somerset during the mid-1960’s. During that time I had lodgings at Brougham Hayes on the Bristol side of Bath. Near to my lodgings was a large Co-operative Supermarket that looked as if it was built into a former cinema. I visited it several times and remember that the food section was on the ground floor and the clothes section was in what must have been the balcony which had been extended across the length of the building. I’m guessing that the name of the supermarket (Scala)was the name of the former cinema.

The Victory Cinema was built and opened around 1919. It was re-named Oldfield Picture House in the late-1930’s and closed as the Scala Cinema in the early-1960’s. It became a supermarket in 1962.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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edithapearce on October 16, 2009 at 1:13 am

I agree with the 1962 date for the supermarket opening. The store was well established when I was in Bath about a year later. Can Ken Roe alter the closing date given above?

CSWalczak on October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

Here is a view of the Scala as supermarket.

westfieldjeff on March 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Scala was built just post WW1 as the Victory Cinema for S T Gamlin. The Architect, Alfred J Taylor, a well known Bath Architect. Name Changed to Oldfield Picture House and then in 1935 billed as The Scala. Believed to be the first Bath Cinema to show feature length talkie in July 1929

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