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Revamp for Scala cinema
Scala plans, copyright Burrell, Foley, Fischer Architects
The Scala first opened more than a century ago

A Prestatyn cinema famed as one of the first UK venues to show moving pictures will reopen after councillors voted in favour of modernising the venue.

The 2.4m plans for the old Scala cinema include pulling down part of the old white and blue facade to make way for elegant arched windows.

A community room, studio for theatre use, visual arts gallery and cafe bar are included in the scheme for the old Victorian landmark.

A 150-seat cinema and a second part-time cinema will also be built.

On Wednesday Denbighshire councillors voted in favour of the scheme subject to conservation area consent from CADW, the agency which preserves Welsh heritage.

The cinema closed more than three years ago because of structural damage.

The old Scala cinema
The Scala cinema is a Prestatyn trademark

In March 2001, campaign group Friends of the Scala was set up after a petition was handed in to the council to try to get the cinema reopened.

Melanie Pitt, who worked at the cinema for seven years as a projectionist, said she was "over the moon" that it is to receive a new lease of life.

"It's brilliant. There's nothing for anybody to do here," she said.

"The kids have started hanging around the streets since it's been closed and there's nothing for the adults to do either."

It is hoped the revamped Scala will open in around 18 months.

The Scala cinema was originally built as the town hall in 1898 and had its grand opening on 26 July 1900.

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