100-year-old cinema opens after refurb

opening of the Scala Cinema: Eloise Selwood, seven, Operations Manager Muhammad Faisal and Jacob Heath, ten.
opening of the Scala Cinema: Eloise Selwood, seven, Operations Manager Muhammad Faisal and Jacob Heath, ten.
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Ilkeston’s Scala Cinema has re-opened after a £150,000 refurbishment to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Children from Granby Junior School – along with Mayor of Erewash Cllr Val Clare – were given an exclusive viewing of the new work which includes new seating, carpets and toilets on Thursday October 3.

Manager of the art deco cinema, Mark Watts, said: “We are delighted to be giving this wonderful old cinema a new lease of life and would like to thank everyone for their patience while the cinema was closed due to this work being carried out.

“We take huge pride in showing great movies to people at affordable prices via our friendly and helpful staff and look forward to working with the local community for many more years to come.”

Loughborough-based Reel Cinemas, which owns the Burns Street flicks, successfully applied to Erewash Borough Council to extend their licence until 2.30am and serve alcohol.

Muhammad Faisal from the firm explained to us earlier this year that the plan was to show midnight premieres and live feeds of concerts from around the world.

The council granted the licence changes under strict conditions, including a two-drink maximum limit for audience members.