Cinema and Media
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.
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.