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Vandalised projector will need PS20k repair; ... and loss of second screen costing Scala PS3,500 a week.

Byline: JOSH MORRIS

AN independent cinema is facing PS20,000 repair bill after an audience member vandalised their film projector.

The Scala in Prestatyn has been forced to approach the town council for a grant to keep the 150-seater screen in Studio up and running.

Scala general manager Chris Bond said that the loss of the projector was costing the cinema PS3,500 a week.

He said: "It's an expensive piece of equipment. It's taken 50% of the cinema business out of action: having one screen out costs us up to PS3,500 a week. We've just been trying to get it up and running for the big summer blockbusters."

2 He is hopeful though that it can be repaired by the end of the week.

"It's very annoying really, but we've been actually given a donation for the repairs. The Film Education Hub have given us some money towards it, and we've actually had an anonymous donation of PS2,000."

" Operations manager Jennifer Warren is equally hopeful that Prestatyn town council will provide financial assistance: "It's an unexpected expense, so that''s why we''ve applied for the grant."

"It''s criminal damage, and we''ve passed it on to the police, who are investigating, as luckily we phone numbers of some people in the audience." " A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: "We're investigating an act of criminal damage. The projector was damaged during a screening on May 30, so if anyone saw any suspicious behaviour please let us know with reference RC-1408-7209.

The decision to grant the money will be made at a meeting of the town council on Thursday.

The Scala, which opened in 2009, already facing financial challenges, with energy costs double those predicted in their business plan.

They issued a statement to the town council's finance and management committee, which said: "The Scala is the only independent cinema in Wales which does not have Arts Council revenue funding.

"It also has one of the lowest subsidies, if not the lowest, in terms of percentage of turnover, than any other full time cinema in Wales."

" The Scala's Board of Trustees wantsto be self-sufficient, by ideally adding two further screens to the site.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 23, 2014
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