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.

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Rhyl Journal: Proposals put forward for new operator to take over lease of Prestatyn’s Scala cinema

The current tenant of a Prestatyn cinema has put forward a proposal for a new operator – just nine months after taking it on.

Prestatyn's Scala Cinema (Credit: Rhyl Journal)
Prestatyn’s Scala Cinema (Credit: Rhyl Journal)

Denbighshire County Council confirmed that they are “in discussion” with the existing leaseholder about a potential new operator. Rob Arthur became the new leaseholder of the Scala Cinema last July.

The new operator – believed to be Geoff Greaves, director of Merlin Cinemas – is expected to be at the helm from Friday. Those in the cinema industry have commented that Mr Greaves has “better access to big films” – The Jungle Book is to be shown this weekend.

Mr Arthur, ex-Apollo cinema chief, has been criticised by cinema-goers for not showing “blockbusters and top films” such as Kung Fu Panda 3 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Last September, Mr Arthur reassured cinema-goers that the future of the Scala cinema was “safe” after his complex in Thurso shut its doors. Mr Arthur took over the Scottish Highlands based cinema in 2012 and had been striving to find funds to keep the business afloat. The new operators of the complex in Thurso is Merlin Cinemas.

A spokesperson from Denbighshire County Council said:

“We are in discussion with the existing leaseholder about a potential new operator for the Scala and we are pleased with how the discussions are progressing.”

“Whilst we are the landlord, we have a strong interest in the Scala continuing to operate as a successful cinema and important facility in Prestatyn. We are more than happy to facilitate discussions with the current operator to allow that to continue”.

Trevor Harris, former owner of Oswestry’s Regal Cinema who writes a column for Screentrade magazine, said:

“I often speak with my film rental contacts and it is common knowledge that Geoff Greaves is to have the lease transferred over to him – as soon as Friday. He has got two Disney films already lined up. He is good – just watch what he does with the Scala.”

Dr James Davies, MP for Vale of Clwyd, said:

“The Scala is now an established and important facility in Prestatyn. I am pleased that it looks set to benefit from an improved offer, including better access to big films, starting with Jungle Book this weekend.”

Attempts have been made to contact Rob Arthur.

Source: Rhyl Journal News Article 12 April 2016 by Suzanne Jordan