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The history and story behind Prestatyn’s Scala Cinema and Arts Centre courtesy of Prestatyn Scala Cinema History / Graham P. Smith. An independent information and history website that exists to recognise the history and stories behind the cinema, founder and pioneer Saronie, and the contributions made by the local community who continue to cherish the Prestatyn Scala.
Prestatyn’s original Scala Cinema building, which opened during 1913, was sadly forced to close in December 2000, due to serial neglect and the high cost of much needed repairs.
The Friends of the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre formed in 2001 and continued to work tirelessly (often against a background of challenging and sometimes political circumstances) until January 2016. Eventually becoming a licensed charity, they were committed to ensuring the town, its residents and the welcome visitors to Prestatyn received a quality, manageable and sustainable modern replacement cinema and theatre facility.
Unfortunately Scala Cinema and Arts Centre closed in January 2015.
Today, Prestatyn’s modern Scala now provides a convenient and exciting digital cinema, the first in Wales, later enhanced with exciting technologies such as 3D and 4K, bringing the town’s residents and visitors the very latest blockbuster films, quality exhibition facilities and an exciting theatre venue.
The new operators are Merlin Cinemas.