Scala Cinema

79 High Street,
Runcorn, WA7 1AH

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The Palace Kinema was opened in around March 1913.

In the late-1920’s, it was re-named Scala Cinema, and boasted a cafe for the convenience of its patrons. It was operated by the Cheshire County Cinemas chain. It closed as a cinema in 1957, and was converted into a dance hall. The Beatles played here on 16th October 1962 and again on 12th November 1962. In 1970, it was converted into La Scala Bingo Club.

The bingo club closed in 2006 and in 2011, the building stood unused and increasingly derelict, awaiting demolition, which came in late-2012.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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woody
woody on April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

photos here show how much remains of the original frontage
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woody
woody on April 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

interior photos from 28 days later, showing little remains due to huge holes in the roof
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thanks for the photos woody.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on November 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Found an early picture

Ian
Ian on May 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

As of May 2013 the Scala is gone, demolished possibly as long as six months ago. The site shows no signs of re-use and the empty space is fenced-off.

A photo when still operating as a bingo hall here:– SCALA RUNCORN

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