DCC: Latest Scala rebuild progress news

The following work within the Scala Cinema in Prestatyn is now complete:

  • The seating now installed in both auditoriums
  • Hand over from RL Davies (the contractor) to Denbighshire County Council took place on Monday the 22nd of September 2008
  • The lighting rig in the second auditorium has been installed
  • Acoustic panels in both auditoriums have been fitted
  • The stage installation has been completed and the cinema installation will be ongoing through to the end of October with a view to testing and commissioning.
  • The ticketing counter will be installed by the 31st of October
  • Newman Online have successfully tendered for the ticketing system
  • Colours within the building include orange, red, brown, grey, black, vivid green and yellow!

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release 01.10.08

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).

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DCC: Scala building update (August 2008)


  • Feb 2007 – start on site
  • Aug 2008 – completion of building works
  • Nov 2008 – building operational

Latest News

The following work within the Scala Cinema in Prestatyn is now complete:

  • Steelwork alterations for curtain walling
  • Curtain Wall frame currently being installed
  • All containment has been completed
  • Fit out specialists have agreed that 1st fix is complete
  • Fire Alarm 1st fix complete
  • 2nd fix fire alarm is ongoing
  • Within Cinema number 1, the seats and carpets have now been installed
  • Within cinema number 2, the wooden flooring is being installed and the seating will be in by the end of this week.

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release

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.

Rhyl Journal: Assembly cash set for Scala

A TOWN Centre attraction set to open later this year has received a new Assembly funding windfall.The revamped Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in High Street, Prestatyn, this week received an additional £101,000. The £3.4 million multi-purpose complex with two screens to show new films, capable of seating 150 people, live performance stage, conference and meeting facility, is expected to open this October.

The latest pledge of £101,000 will be used to assist the project with its third floor digital lab which will be used by local community groups and schools.

Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones said: “This additional grant of £101,000 will ensure the community involvement is maintained.”

Source: Article by Terry Canty Rhyl and Prestatyn Journal

Rhyl Journal: Scala’s golden days to return in Autumn

A TOWN centre attraction is on course to reopen later this year. The revamped Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in High Street, Prestatyn, is scheduled to be in use by the public in October, nearly eight years after the building was closed due to safety concerns.

The Scala is reopening as a £3.4million multi-purpose facility, with its two screens to show new films and capable of seating 150 people. It will have flexible use, such as live stage performances, conferences, trade fairs and meetings.

Cllr Julian Thompson Hill, of Denbighshire County Council’s cabinet, told Prestatyn Town Council that construction work is “going very well” and adverts are being placed for a general manager of the complex and other roles at the facility. He added:

“We are only a couple of weeks behind schedule due to weather issues. A lot of the structural work is done and the work should be done by May.”

The town council is planning to place a time capsule in the grounds of the centre for future generations to unearth as a reminder of the towns heritage.

Source: Article by Andrew Boyd (Rhyl and Prestatyn Journal)