The History of the
Scala Cinema - Prestatyn
by Fred Hobbs
and the Friends
of the Scala
The 'Pictures', the 'Flicks', the
'Talkies' and the 'Movies', all have had their moments and common usage in
language to refer to those public places to visit where films can be
watched and enjoyed.....the Cinema.
Whatever age you are, the stories told in the films have made us all laugh
and cry, sometimes at the same time. They have scared the living daylights
out of us as well as making us think, but most of all they have
The places where the films are screened have changed dramatically over the
last fifty years and have often struggled to survive in the face of ever
improving access to and quality of films that can be watched on
increasingly high tech equipment in the home.
This is the story of one such small cinema, the Scala, in one small town
in North Wales - Prestatyn.
The Scala was one of the very earliest cinemas in the country opening on
the very eve of the first world war in 1913.
Despite closing down in 2000 in need of
restoration, the people of the town organised themselves to raise
awareness and funds to get the Scala re-opened. The 'Friends of The Scala'
led the way for almost the next decade to 'bring back the Scala'.
The result, a refurbished cutting edge totally digital cinema ( the first
one in Wales), an arts center performance space, café bar and meeting
rooms was reborn in 2009.
This is the history of that small local cinema, and its journey 'Back to
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