Cinema and Media

Scala Cinema, Prestatyn

Scala Cinema, Prestatyn

Wales Action for Market Towns Awards 2011, Social and Community category Award

Daily Post Achievement Wales Awards 2011, Magnox Community Award: Shortlisted

RICS Awards Wales 2010: Community Benefit Award

Civic Trust Awards 2010: National Panel Recognition

CLAW Building of the Year Award 2009: Commendation 


The Scala Cinema & Arts Centre will help revitalise the town centre in Prestatyn and will provide access once again to film on a site with strong local memories of cinemagoing. It also provides access to new social and training facilities, exhibition spaces within the foyers, meeting and training rooms and a flexible multi-use auditorium suited not only to cinema exhibition but performing arts, dance, exercise classes, fairs and markets. The integrity of the High Street frontage, which contributes to the character of the conservation area, has been reinstated through restoration, and further adapted to suit the building’s new use. The ornate red brickwork arches, damaged by a 1960s panelled façade installation, were reinstated. A new glass canopy forms a contemporary counterpoint to the Victorian façade.


The community has been involved every step of the process. The Scala is everything a multiplex is not... with its arts, education facilities it’s a centre for the community
— Councillor Rhiannon Hughes


There is a high level of intervisibility through a large glazed screen between the street and the entrance foyer which is designed to be welcoming and accessible to all building users. There is a dedicated 150-seat cinema and a 150-seat multi-use auditorium, both equipped with digital projectors. The interior uses bold colours which reflect the different characters of the various spaces. The colour palette is used consistently throughout to aid legibility in this busy building. All facilities within the building are accessible to all users.


(The Scala’s) state of the art facilities began to help regenerate our town of prestatyn, whilst also helping to increase employment and boost tourism. The new Scala Cinema also provides much needed modern and comfortable facilities for a variety of community and volunteer groups.
— The Friends of the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre