Welcome to Prestatyn-Scala.info
This site (which was previously created as the website of the former Friends of The Scala) is intended to be retained as a source of news, history and information, dedicated to promoting and supporting our town’s historic Scala Cinema and Arts Centre.
The original Scala Cinema, which opened during 1913 was sadly forced to close in December 2000, due to pure neglect and the high cost of much needed repairs.
The Friends of the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre formed in 2001 and continued to work tirelessly (often against a background of challenging and sometimes political circumstances) until January 2016. Eventually becoming a licensed charity, they were committed to ensuring the town, its residents and the welcome visitors to Prestatyn received a quality, manageable and sustainable modern replacement cinema and theatre facility.
Construction of the new Scala commenced in February 2007 and was completed in late 2008. When the Scala re-opened on Friday February 13th in 2009, its state of the art facilities began to help regenerate our town of Prestatyn, whilst also helping to increase employment and boost tourism. The new Scala Cinema provides much needed modern and comfortable facilities for a variety of community and volunteer groups.
In January 2016, following discussions with regulators, the Friends of the Scala could no longer support the Scala cinema as it was by now a commercial enterprise. In a press release, the Friends acknowledged this was not a sad event; firstly, the Friends had achieved what they initially aimed to do, namely the rebuilding of the cinema after it’s closure in 2000. Secondly, they continued to support the Scala when it was run as a charitable company. The Friends now felt that the future of the cinema was in safe hands, and looked forward to it’s continued success.
Prestatyn’s modern Scala now provides a convenient and exciting digital cinema, the first in Wales, later enhanced with exciting technologies such as 3D and 4K, bringing the town’s residents and visitors the very latest blockbuster films, quality exhibition facilities and an exciting theatre venue.
This website, which I previously created for the Friends of the Scala by way of of a contribution (the Friends kindly allowed me to keep and maintain the original content after their disbanding), now serves as an important archive, so that you can learn more about why the Scala is so important to the people of Prestatyn, and why so much work was done by the Friends of the Scala and local community to preserve such an important and vital part of Prestatyn’s heritage. I don’t claim to be an expert or historian, I just want to help support the Scala, keep some memories alive and the important history available to all.
If you have any memories, photographs or content you would like to submit, please do get in touch.
Thank you for visiting.
Graham P. Smith