La Scala

Scala detail

147-163 Sauchiehall Street
1912-1984

Run by Inverness-based Caledonian Associated Cinemas, the La Scala was their Glasgow flagship – and was featured in Country Life because of its unusual tea room, that let you watch a film while dining! A 1928 article claims that it is 'a decided advantage for busy people to have luncheon or tea and at the same time to see what is being portrayed on the screen.' The building, originally featuring a Christie Organ and private boxes at the back of the stalls, was later split into three screens, finally closing in 1984. Its 1970s shimmery disco sign remained a Sauchiehall Street landmark for many more years, before eventually making way for Waterstones.

Image credit: ScottishCinemas.org