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.

Rhyl Journal: Book proceeds to Prestatyn Scala Friends

A PRESTATYN historian premiered his latest blockbuster book on the history of The Scala on the day of its grand opening.

Fred Hobbs has spent two years researching the story of the Scala Cinema and Live Theatre and produced a book entitled Friends of the Scala.

The book is dedicated to the memory of his late wife Sonia Hobbs, who herself was a very active community worker, raising thousands of pounds for her chosen charities.

Fred has donated his book to the Friends of the Scala, who have worked tirelessly to see the Scala rebuilt.

Fred has lived all his life in the town apart from his years spent in the forces during World War Two and has collected many stories about the people of Prestatyn.

The story of the Scala began in 1901 when it was built to be the Town Hall of the growing town.

A scandal arose from this and Fred records it in his book. He has also collected many old photographs and images throughout the years from1901 to 1963 when Saronie, the then owner retired, and sold it to Prestatyn Urban District Council.

The history of this building makes for interesting reading and will provide every reader with a background of how the town evolved and expanded to become what it is today.

This is a book that has been written with accuracy and Sandra Pitt, Chair of Friends of the Scala, made sure that many who worked in the cinema or those who had fond memories of spending happy times in the cinema in its heyday, have been given the chance to share their stories.

Source: Rhyl Journal – Published date: 01 July 2009 by Terry Canty

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.

DCC: Share your memories of the Scala

The Scala Cinema and Arts Centre Manager Chris Bond is calling on residents in the local community to put their Scala Cinema memories down on paper and bring them into the Scala so that they can form part of a Community exhibition which will look at the proud history of Cinema in the Town.

Chris said: “Now that we have the new centre we do not want to forget what has happened in Prestatyn over the last 100 years. We are applying for funding to establish a permanent exhibition of the history of Cinema and the Arts in Prestatyn and are asking residents to record all their memories and experiences and bring them into the Cinema. We would also welcome items of memorabilia and photographs which could form part of the exhibition”.

Sandra Pitt, who has been Chair of the Friends over the last 8 years and is a member of the Trust set up to run the Scala said:

“We now have a wonderful new building and feel very strongly that people who visit the building should also have an opportunity to find out about its glorious past. We are also hoping that a book recording the history of the Scala will soon be published.”

Anyone wanting to share their memories should contact Chris Bond, Centre Manager on (number expired).

From a news release issued by DCC on behalf of the Scala Trust, Prestatyn.

Daily Post: Prestatyn cinema history book

A Prestatyn historian has documented the rise of a local cinema which has grown into Wales’ first all-digital venue.

The £3.5m Scala Cinema and Arts Centre opens its doors on Friday, February 13. To mark the occasion, historian Fred Hobbs has published a book that delves into the building’s past and its rise from the ashes.

The original Scala Cinema was forced to close in December 2000 due to neglect and the high cost of maintenance.

The Friends of the Scala worked tirelessly to save it from 2001.

Memories from its heyday feature in the book along with material from the archives.

It will go on sale to raise money for cinema volunteers to buy uniforms.

People who offer donations of £5 can have their names added to the book.

More information, call 01745 888154 or 07886 754871 or send a cheque payable to Friends of the Scala to 301 Victoria Road, Prestatyn, LL19 7UT.

Source: Daily Post

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.