Recollections - Entertainment
La Scala Cinema
Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
The La Scala cinema at 50
Nicolson Street opened as La Scala Electric Theatre in 1912, refurbished
from an existing theatre on the site from 1862. The cinema is now in
use for bingo.
Thank you to Eric Gold, known to many as Eric McKenzie, formerly of
Dumbiedykes, for the following recollections.
"The La Scala was a great place to watch
a film and I went there with my family every week.
On one side, just before you went in to
the cinema you would have photos of the great movie stars.
When the Lascala closed to be a bingo
hall the portraits were sold to a well known bookmaker, Kenny Waugh,
who lived in Gilmerton, although my family knew him as he too was
brought up in East Arthur place.
Kenny is at the moment building a
nightclub in the Potterow area of Edinburgh
Eric Gold, East London: February 21,
Thank you to George Smith for these memories
of La Scala:
"My recollection of the La Scala is of weekly
visits with my parents on Tuesday evenings where we always sat third row
from the front of the balcony on the left hand side.
I have no idea how this 'reservation' worked
but I can not remember it failing.
These visits were from 1934 to 1938 when we
Much as I enjoyed the Scala I was snob enough
to appreciate the carpeted splendour of the New Victoria where I first
heard Gilbert&Sullivan sung and played in a film version of "The Mikado".
Those were the days of two 'continuous'
programmes per week , Monday to Wednesday and Thursday to Saturday with
children's matinee on Saturday complete with audience participation."
George T Smith, British Columbia, Canada:
February 22, 2006
Thank you to Bryan Gourlay who wrote:
"It was interesting to
hear, Eric Gold talking about the many hours he spent in the La Scala
cinema in Nicolson Street.
recollections are littered with memories of going to the
pictures all over Edinburgh all over Edinburgh, not very often
to the La Scala I must say, nor did we risk the Rio (County) at
My ‘home turf’
picture house was the New Vic (Victoria) in South Clerk Street,
which became the Odeon, now closed for sale and redevelopment."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire,
Scotland, April 9, 2006