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Financial help offered for Scala cinema after 25 per cent cut is announced

Published date: 31 December 2013 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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A POPULAR Prestatyn arts venue has been inundated with offers for help after a planned 25 per cent cut in its funding.

The £12,000 funding cut for the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre is part of Denbighshire Council’s budget proposal. Fears have been raised over the ability of the Scala to continue to deliver a full programme of films and activities if the cuts go ahead.

Chris Bond, general manager of the Scala, said: “Many of our customers have been asking how can they help.

“Options for the Scala to reduce costs with reduced opening hours and have a reduced programme of films and activities are not what the community is asking for and it is still a new venue which needs to grow and be able to respond positively to what the community wants and what the community fought for.”

The Scala, which is run as a charity, has raised more than £150,000 to develop the venue. Rhiannon Hughes, chair of the Scala Trust, said: “The Scala was built following a nine-year campaign by the Prestatyn community and with financial support from Prestatyn Town Council, the Welsh Government and Denbighshire Council.

“The Scala will be asking the town council to join forces with them for this public support campaign and a meeting will be held in the near future for people and organisations who want to join the campaign and help to secure the Scala’s long term future.

“It is not just about keeping the Scala open it is about remaining true to the vision which the town campaigned for all those years ago and to be able to respond to the wishes of the whole community.

“The Scala has brought nearly half a million people into Prestatyn High street since it opened and is an important part of the town regeneration.

“To reduce the hours of opening and activities at this stage would result in a loss of footfall in the High street.

“Many residents have already said they want to help as they value and enjoy what the Scala has been offering.

“We hope this will be a positive campaign which will raise awareness of what the Scala is about which is much more than just a cinema."

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