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Opened in the early '80s in Leblon, the Scala became a cultural hotspot for carioca nightlife hosting live music shows, parties and theatrical pieces featuring, and attracting, the finest talent in town. Between the two rooms the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Chico Anísio and Tom Jobim appeared over the years, but the vebue was equally famous for playing host to the biggest carnival parties outside of the Sambódromo and blocos; the Baile da Cidade, Gala Gay and Vermelho e Preto became part of the fabric of Carnival itself, and remain so today.
Closed down in 2010 with a debt running into the tens of millions of reais, the best of Scala's legacy lives on in Centro, and the equally appropriate surrounds of Cinelândia landmarks like the neighbouring Theatro Municipal. With a capacity of 2,000 party people in its 3,000m2 ball rooms, none of the grandeur has been lost, instead helping to mark a turning point in the rejuvination of the Centro region.