Scala Picture House
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The Scala Picture House in East Parade was a purpose built two tier cinema which opened in August 1913, closed in 1922 (well before sound was introduced), became a theatre for a year and eventually became the church hall for St Mary’s Church next door. As a cinema it had 700 seats with tip-up chairs in all parts.
It is reputed to be intact inside and the only incident worthy of note was the unfortunate death of a boy in 1916 when a gale force wind dislodged a stone cross from the gable of St Mary’s which then plunged through the roof of the cinema and crushed the poor lad who was awaiting the start of the film.
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