Exhibition Achievement Award for Merlin Cinema’s Owner

Geoff Greaves receiving his award at the 2016 Screen Awards ceremony.
Geoff Greaves receiving his award at the 2016 Screen Awards ceremony.

Merlin Cinemas, operator of Prestatyn’s award winning Scala Cinema, have reported that they are proud and delighted to announce that their boss and owner of Merlin Cinemas, Mr Geoff Greaves was awarded with the Honorary Exhibition Achievement Award, at this year’s Screen Awards in London. The award is sponsored by the UK Cinema Association.

 

 

“This is an extremely prestigious industry award that celebrates the exciting business we work in and the dedication of those that keep it alive. Geoff bought his first cinema in 1990, The Savoy Penzance, and since then Merlin Cinemas has grown to 14 cinemas across Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, North Wales and North Scotland.

On behalf of all of us at Merlin Cinemas we would like to congratulate Geoff on his achievements, his unwavering dedication to cinema, and his passion to keep cinemas local and part of communities across the UK. “

Earlier this year in September, Screendaily reported:

Owner of Merlin Cinemas, Mr Geoff Greaves.
Owner of Merlin Cinemas, Mr Geoff Greaves.

Geoff Greaves, owner and operator of the UK’s Merlin Cinemas chain, will be presented with the honorary Exhibition Achievement Award, sponsored by the UK Cinema Association, at this year’s Screen Awards.

Starting his career at ABC Cinemas and Cinema International Corporation, Greaves began his own business in 1990, renovating the Savoy Cinemas in Penzance. Today, Merlin Cinemas operates 42 screens across 14 sites across the UK.

Mr Greaves was presented with the honour at this year’s Screen Awards ceremony on October 20 at The Brewery in London.

Commenting on the announcement, Geoff Greaves said:

“I am honoured to accept this award, not just for myself, but at least as much for the people who have surrounded me and shared my vision as I have looked to build Merlin Cinemas since its inception.”

The UKCA’s Phil Clapp added:

“I am delighted that we are making this Award to Geoff. It represents long-overdue recognition of the creativity and commitment that he has brought to the independent cinema sector. Each of his 14 sites bears testament to his personal dedication and energy.”

Prestatyn-Scala.info extends its congratulations to Mr Greaves.

Read more at:

http://prestatyn.merlincinemas.co.uk/articles/merlin-cinemas-owner-awarded

http://www.screendaily.com/news/merlin-cinemas-geoff-greaves-to-be-feted-at-screen-awards/5109832.article

RICS: Community benefit Award winning Scala Cinema and Arts Centre

Community benefit Award winning Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn

Scala Cinema originally opened in 1913, but was forced to close in December 2000 due to neglect and the high cost of much needed repairs. However, following a lengthy campaign by the local community the site was restored and re-opened as a new, state of the art cinema and arts centre in 2009; revitalising Prestatyn and the surrounding area in the process.

The site now offers a 150 seat, multi use auditorium, suited not only to showcasing the latest cinematic releases, but also providing an excellent venue for the performing arts, dance and exercise classes, fairs and markets. The community also has access to the centres new social and training facilities, exhibition spaces and meeting rooms.

The new Scala comprises a modern extention, set back behind a small scale, early 20th century high street frontage, which has been restored and adapted to the buildings new use.

Designed with economy of operation in mind to ensure its future sustainability, the project entails the reuse of part of an existing building, which had been vacant for a number of years, and aims to support the vitality and viability of the town centre. A new glass canopy forms a contemporary counterpoint to the Victorian façade, while a high level of visibility is afforded by a large glazed screen between the street and the entrance foyer, making the building welcoming and accessible to all visitors.

This is an extraordinary example of how the passion of local residents can help drive a project through to completion. After a nine year struggle, the local community of Prestatyn is finally able to enjoy the superb facilities of this engaging cinema and arts centre.

Simon Pott, Chairman of the Judging Panel

Source: RICS Website, The mark of property professionalism worldwide.

DCC: Second industry honour for the Scala

Denbighshire County Council has welcomed news that the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn has been awarded a prestigious environment award.

The facility was one of ten entrants in the Community Benefit category of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Wales awards held in Wrexham last week and made the final four shortlist before being announced as the category winner. Ruthin Craft Centre also made the shortlist.

The RICS Awards are internationally well established and are a high profile set of Awards within the built environment industry.

The Scala was developed by Denbighshire County Council, with support from Prestatyn Town Council, Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Council also worked closely with the Friends of the Scala, led by Chair Sandra Pitt, in developing plans for the new facility and seeing them come to fruition.

Facilities at the Scala include two 150 seat digital cinemas (one permanent, one that seating can be moved to create a performance area), cafe bar, meeting rooms and exhibition space.

The RICS citation reads: “Scala is a wonderful example of dedicated people with the vision and the heart for the arts working together with public bodies to save a much loved building and see if regenerated for the benefit of the community. The owners of adjoining properties have refurbished their properties and the whole area has been economically regenerated because of the scheme.

Councillor Rhiannon Hughes, Chair of the Scala Board of Trustees said:

“The Scala is a prime example of how all the agencies involved have worked together with the local community to turn around the fortunes of the building and create a facility of which local people can feel proud.

The former Scala closed in 2000 due to structural problems and the local community said they wanted to building to be restored. That work began in 2007 with the building officially opened in 2009.

To be awarded this second honour within six months is a feather in the Scala’s cap and reaffirms the fact that the building is a facility for the local community.”

Source: DCC Press Release

DCC: National recognition for Scala

The Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn has been honoured with a special recognition for its community based facilities.

Trustees were presented with a National Panel Special Recognition award by the Civic Trust at an awards evening held at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The Awards were established in 1959 and celebrate not only design excellence but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and communities.

The Award citation for the Scala reads:

“The strength of this project is its strong community base in providing a multi-role facility whilst preserving a well regarded part of the local heritage. The state of the art form production facilities are extensively utilised by local schools and colleges. Community involvement is ongoing and the Scala is stimulating the formation of special interest groups in the community”.

The facility was developed by Denbighshire County Council, with support from Prestatyn Town Council, Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Council also worked closely with the Friends of the Scala, led by Chair Sandra Pitt, in developing plans for the new facility and seeing them come to fruition.

Councillor Rhiannon Hughes, Chair of the Scala Board of Trustees said:

“The Scala is a prime example of how all the agencies involved have worked together with the local community to turn around the fortunes of the building and create a facility of which local people can feel proud.

“The former Scala closed in 2000 due to structural problems and the local community said they wanted to building to be restored. That work began in 2007 with the building officially opened in 2009.

“To be awarded this special recognition in the Civic Trust Awards is a feather in the Scala’s cap and reaffirms the fact that the building is a facility for the local community.”

Facilities at the Scala include two 150 seat digital cinemas (one permanent, one that seating can be moved to create a performance area), cafe bar, meeting rooms and exhibition space.

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release

Rhyl Journal: Prestatyn Scala in inspirational building project bid

A REINVENTED High Street attraction is among entries for this year’s prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

The Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, in Prestatyn, is in the running for the Community Benefit Award at the ceremony celebrating inspirational building projects.

The project is being seen as helping revitalise Prestatyn town centre, providing access once again to film on a site with local memories of cinema going, training facilities, exhibition spaces with foyers, as well as meeting and training rooms.

Other entries from North Wales include the restoration of an early 20th Century house, a new criminal justice centre, a new visitors’ centre.

The RICS Awards consist of four categories: building conservation; regeneration; sustainability and community benefit. Once again, community benefit has proved to be the most popular category, attracting 36 percent of entries, closely followed by sustainability, a category which has soared in popularity recently with the increased awareness of environmental issues, with 33 per cent, regeneration projects attracted 17 percent of nominations, followed by building conservation which accounted for 14 per cent of the total entries.

Judging will take place during the spring with projects competing in the Welsh heat with winning entrants forming the shortlist for the Grand Final Awards.

The Welsh finals will be held at the Wheldone Building at Bangor University.

Cathy McLean, director of RICS Wales, said: “Despite one of the worst recessions in recent memory, it is great news that so many fantastic projects around Wales have been completed and it is something the local community should be very proud of.”

Source: The Journal – Published date: 02 March 2010 – Published by: Terry Canty