Storyhouse, Chester Cultural Centre

1209 Chester TheatreChester’s Cinema, Theatre, Library and Restaurant complex; Storyhouse, opened in May 2017 and is located in the historic heart of the city, close to the Cathedral and main square.

The £37m building incorporates an 800-seat auditorium, a studio theatre, a cinema, a brand-new city-centre library and a cafe. The site includes a Grade II listed cinema, formerly an Odeon dating from 1936. Cheshire West and Chester Council have achieved a unique city-centre building with 18-hour-a-day activity.

The 100-seat cinema is a stunningly designed space, paying tribute to its Odeon history with plush red velvet seating and a brilliant ambience. The theatre is a state-of-the-art, versatile space equipped for both performances and workshops and can convert from a large 800-seat space comprising of stalls, circle and gallery areas to a 500-seat “thrust” stage where the audience is seated around three sides of the stage for the more intimate performances.

Storyhouse have reported that within 8 months of opening, their visitor numbers have impressively surpassed 500,000 so it is no surprise that it has won the Special Award for Community Impact at the Civic Trust Awards 2018 and has been shortlisted for further accolades.

Keelagher Okey Klein provided Principal Designer services alongside Kier, Ellis Williams Architects and Bennetts Associates Architects on this inspiring project.

“One of the most exciting projects in England at the moment… A powerful, modern, forward-thinking vision.” – Sir Peter Bazalgette – Chairman, Arts Council

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Bennetts Associates are the Project Architects and creators of these copyrighted CGIs.