The curtain is expected to rise again at one of the oldest cinemas in Wales.
The Scala opened as a cinema in 1913 but closed in 2000
Supporters of Prestatyn's Scala cinema hope it will be returned to its former glory after it closed in 2000.
Their long-running campaign has been boosted by a £1.5m grant by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Supporter Sandra Pitt wants to see the cinema, which was originally built as a town hall in 1898, showing films again within two years.
Mrs Pitt said: "It's wonderful news. It's been a hard slog and we've been fighting for this for five years.
"It will be a mega party on the day that it opens again - the town needs it.
"It was just the hub of the community - if you were meeting someone you met outside the Scala."
Mrs Pitt, chair of the Friends of Scala, said she hoped it would still be a friendly place.
£1.6m - Pembrokeshire, national park conservation and Haverfordwest town centre improvements
£1.5m - Blaenavon, town centre open spaces
£1.5 - Prestatyn, Scala cinema/arts project
£1.3m - Llanelli, Bridge St pedestrianisation
£1.1m - Bridgend, Market St and Betws improvements
£1.1m - Flintshire cycling/pedestrian scheme at Castle Park industrial estate
£1m - Aberavon carpark renovation
£1m - Barry town centre improvements
£1m - Newport, industrial estates access
£950,000 - Gwynedd council community projects
£526,000 - Wrexham, Gwersyllt community resource centre
£241,000 - Llangefni, road, transport improvements
£220,000 - Abertillery, new car park
"It was such a loss in the town and it was really missed," she added.
The Scala showed silent films before World War I but finally closed due to structural problems in December 2000.
One of the first films to be shown at the Scala was the epic of its time - All Quiet on the Western Front.
The assembly government is offering Denbighshire Council the grant.
The total cost of the regeneration scheme is estimated to be around £3.5m but Mrs Pitt said the group is well on their way to achieving the target.
She added: "We hope Denbighshire Council will find some money and the friends need to raise around £100,000."
The plans include a twin-screen cinema, a cafe bar and space for theatre and dances.
The Scala was converted into a cinema in 1913 by cinematography pioneer James Roberts - who was known as Saronie - and screened its first "talkie" in March 1930.
The refurbishment will see London-based architects Burrell Foley Fischer working on the designs.
The Scala is one of 13 projects receiving a total of £13m from the Physical Regeneration Fund. Other projects include money for Bridgend Council for traffic works and money to Blaenau Gwent to improve disabled facilities.