The Scala

History Built by Birmingham businessman Sol Levy, later responsible for the Futurist and many other cinemas around the country, the Scala described itself as ‘the home of good pictures and music’ and boasted an in-house Scala Quintette led by violinist Handel Timperley. Its first manager was Graham Cutts, who went on to be a well […]

The Waldorf

History A busy local picture house before WWII, the Waldorf had a second life under the stewardship of Avtar Singh Randhawa and his family in the 1970s. Avtar welcomed many South Asian stars to the Waldorf and offered a vital space for the local community. He in turn brought his teenage sons Raj and Jodi […]