Press Release – Friends of the Scala To Fold


The Friends of the Scala have decided to fold.  This decision has been taken because, as a registered charity, the Friends of the Scala can no longer support the Scala cinema as it is now a commercial enterprise.  This is not a sad event; firstly, the Friends have 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 feel that the future of the cinema is in safe hands and we look forward to it’s continued success.

The Friends would like to thank the residents of Prestatyn for their support; without such support, the Friends could not have raised thousands of pounds that helped to purchase many items for the Scala.  The Friends have £1,153.82  remaining and it has been decided to donate these funds to the Prestatyn Carnival Committee.  The carnival have supported the Friends for many years and therefore it only seems right to pass these funds over to them so the people of the town will continue to benefit from them.

Sandra Pitt

President of The Friends of the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre

FOSAC Presenting funds to Prestatyn Carnival Committee 18.01.16 (Photo: David Francis)
FOSAC Presenting funds to Prestatyn Carnival Committee 18.01.16 (Photo: David Francis)

Friends of the Scala History Book

Dedicated member and local historian Fred Hobbs and Friends of the Scala launched their new book detailing the history of the cinema before it became the Scala, Saronie and his life, earlier this year. Book sales have gone extremely well.

Fred has put a tremendous amount of hours writing and researching the Scala and its past.

The limited edition books are on sale for £5.99 and there are only a few remaining. Anyone still wanting a book for a keepsake or a gift can buy through Friends of the Scala at their meetings and events, or you can email me with your details and we will send you a copy.

The sale of the books helps Friends of the Scala with their funds and helps the New Scala in Prestatyn.

Prestatyn Scala History Queue Mural

Looking for a unique Christmas present which stretches back 100 years?

Well call in at the SCALA on Friday 18th December between 11am and 3pm to book your place in the Cinema queue that will stretch back 100years to when films were first shown in Prestatyn.

Prestatyn Youth Arts Festival in partnership with the SCALA has commissioned artist and illustrator Paul Young to design a mural with local children and the Community which will completely cover the full length of the wall on the ground floor of the Venue.

Paul Young has been involved with the Arts, and Art projects in Prestatyn and Denbighshire for over ten years. He has been working as a book cover illustrator for 20 years. His work can be seen at

2010 will see the Scala Cinema and Arts centre celebrating 100 years of cinema, a celebration which is shared by very few cinemas. The History Queue will consist of one hundred people, one person for each year. From the back of the queue, which will represent the present day, we will travel back in time to the front of the queue, 1910. Peoples clothes and hairstyles will change over the years, all the peoples faces will be of real local people with stories to tell about their past experiences. Every person in the queue will have a story to tell which will eventually be placed on a public media station next to the Mural.

Some places will be free, places chosen from people nominated from the Community. We need help from the people in the local community, to suggest who they think should be nominated to be in the queue, and why. Fifty places in the Mural are being sold for 50 pounds each to the first fifty people who come to the Scala on Friday morning.

The final closing date for a purchased place is January 31st 2010. The fifty nominated places will be open until Feb / March. An information pack is available from the Scala Foyer Staff, for purchasing a place in the queue, suggesting someone you might know, now, or from the past, that you feel should be in the History Queue Mural.

The money raised will help fund the Mural which has also received money from the Arts Council of Wales, N Power and Denbighshire County Council.

Paul Young, assisted by Leanne Foxley and Sue Reece, has been working with Primary Schools in the area and the children will have their paintings, which are all film related, on display at the Scala in the New Year. Each school will also have children featured in the Mural

If you would like to buy a place in the Mural pop along to the Scala on Friday. The paid places will be sold on a first come first served basis. The community places will be chosen following the closing date of the purchased places at the end of January.

Chair of the Youth Arts Festival Rhiannon Hughes says “This is a very exciting project which will record both the world of film over the last 100 years but also what has happened in the Prestatyn and Meliden community over that period of time.”

Scala’s History book

With the official opening of the new Scala Cinema, Theatre and Arts centre at 5pm tonight, what better time for dedicated member and local historian Fred Hobbs and Friends of the Scala to launch their new book detailing the history of the cinema, before it became the Scala, Saronie and his life.

Fred has put a tremendous amount of hours writing and researching the Scala and its past. He will be at the Scala from 11 am today with the Friends selling and signing his book.

The limited edition books are on sale for £5.99, pop down and get one to enjoy and for a keepsake of the old Scala.

The Prestatyn Scala Co Limited

The Scala Prestatyn Co Ltd are now in a position to invite members of the local community to consider and apply for volunteering roles within the new and very exciting cinema and arts centre in Prestatyn. We are aiming for a start date in November/December and are very keen to have a band of volunteers trained and ready for the opening.

Roles will be mostly front of house duties including manning beverage and sweet counters, and seat ushering within the cinemas. Other opportunities will be available in the Scala which will also be used for a variety of arts events.

Our team of volunteers will provide a very important service and will act as our ambassadors for the Scala, under the direction of the management team.

For application form and role description, please contact Jonathon at the Pop In Centre in Prestatyn on 01745 857722. If he is not available, please leave contact details on the answer phone.

We will be working closely with Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council whose advice and support will be welcomed by the Trustees.

Latest Scala Rebuild Photos (Oct 2008)

A photo showing the Prestatyn Scala Cinema's Studio Theatre cinema screen 2.
A photo showing the Prestatyn Scala Cinema’s Studio Theatre cinema screen 2 (Credit: Friends of the Scala).

You can view all of the latest Scala rebuild photos here in our Gallery:

Friends of the Scala to release a book

The Friends of the Scala are writing a book on the Scala’s history. Fred Hobbs, one of our most dedicated followers and a local historian, is putting together a book of the Scala’s history from the days before it was built.

Trying not to give too much away, Fred has gone the length and width of Denbighshire to libraries, Denbighshire archives and other sources as well as his own detailed knowledge of the Scala, to put together the book which Friends of the Scala are in the middle of getting funds together to publish.

Fred has gone way back before the Scala building was built, back to when the land was near enough on the seashore, the book will contain details of the town hall opening, the opening celebration menu, right through its Saronie days, refurbishment into a proper cinema, 60’s refurbishment when the art deco paneling was erected to the front of the building, through to its closure in December 2000.

From that day onwards myself and Sandra will be writing the history of the Friends of the Scala, the fight to save the building from demolition and through until its opening day again.

There will be paperback copies being hopefully sold in the building when its reopened, but we will also be taking orders for a special limited edition hard back book of which there will only be a certain amount ever printed.

I will keep you posted of the progression of the book and the costing or both paperback and limited edition books when we have had all the costings.

Scala Update via Catrin Jones DCC Scala Project Manager

Funding Update Monday 26th November 2007

via Catrin Jones, DCC Scala Project Manager

Extra £16,500 received from the Welsh Assembly Government Department of Transport and the Economy.

UK Film Council bid will be submitted by the 30th of November, items bid for include:

  • Ticketing system
  • Seating
  • Assisted technology for those with a sensory impairment
  • Information display system

The maximum value is £50,000 and we are applying for the full amount which will contribute 50% to the cost of the above.


At the last Project Board meeting it was agreed that the café/bar should be managed and run by an external organisation/individual. Invitations to express an interest will be released within the next 1 or 2 months.

Time Capsule

Prestatyn Town Council came up with the ingenious idea of placing a time capsule in the Scala. Meetings were arranged with all the schools in Prestatyn to invite and discuss ideas regarding the contents – it was suggested that pictures/photos/paintings depicting film and/or theatre in Prestatyn would be the most appropriate.

Visioning Event

An event to determine the ethos, focus and direction of the Scala will take place in January or February of next year (2008). Further details will be provided.


An informal information session will take place in La Freccia Ffrith Beach on the 5th of December for those who applied to be directors. This will give prospective directors an overview of their responsibilities and further detail regarding the Scala and its future. Following this event, interviews will take place on the 11th of December.