Storyhouse is a large, mixed-use cultural building in Chester, England, which opened in May 2017. The complex includes a theatre, cinema, restaurant and the city library. It is housed in the remodelled 1936 Odeon Cinema, a grade-II-listed building, together with a newly built extension to hold the theatre auditorium.
The Odeon cinema opened in Chester on 3 October 1936. It was designed in the Art Deco style by Robert Bullivant, under the leadership of Harry Weedon, with a total auditorium capacity of over 1600 seats. While most Odeons of that time were faced in ceramic tiles, red brick was used in Chester to respect its historic setting, near both the cathedral and the Victorian town hall. In 1976 the Odeon was converted to a three screen cinema; two more screens were added in 1991. The main internal fabric and proscenium arch remained intact. The building was listed Grade II by Historic England, then English Heritage, in 1989. The Odeon closed in 2007 and remained unused until the Storyhouse development. The Gateway Theatre in the centre of town opened in 1969, with a capacity of 440 seats. It was closed by the City Council in 2007 to make way for the proposed Northgate development, which was intended to include a new theatre. As a consequence of the financial crisis of 2008, the development did not proceed. The project has subsequently been resurrected; the current proposal does not contain a theatre, but includes a multi screen cinema. From 2007 onwards, there was neither a professional theatre or cinema in Chester city, though the studio theatre of the now defunct Gateway is used by non-professional groups. The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre opened in 2010. It has an eight week summer repertory season held in an open air theatre constructed each summer in Grosvenor Park. It typically shows a Shakespeare comedy and a tragedy, plus an adaptation of a children's classic. The company was originally known as Chester Performs and in 2016 became the basis of the Storyhouse theatre company.
Emma Hayes | Feb 18, 2018
Fantastic place for coffee and getting some work done. Lovely artistic environment. saw a fantastic performance. Building has had a wonderful restoration. Has some gluten free choices but all the food I've tried so far have been very spicy.
William James | Jan 31, 2018
Amazing Place! Expertly designed, modern all-round complex with great facilities that actively boosts the cultural appeal of Chester. The performance and showing spaces are fully acoustically treated giving great concept of sound, all without bleed to other rooms. Everything just looks astounding and I would recommend anyone to go and experience a production in the auditorium. You should enjoy it as much as I did!
Chris Clerkin | Jan 31, 2018
Lovely, so glad the Old Odeon has a new trendy lease of life. Cinema is lovely only about 50 but extremely comfortable seats. Have t yet been ti the theatres but family members have and loved every minute of it. Great asset for Chester which was missing the arts for so long whilst the Council made more poor decisions.
Jim Gayes | Feb 3, 2018
It is simple a fantastic venue that is hosting great performances in the theatre and a good selection of films in the cosy cinema. If we had the spare cash we would probably attend several days a week to watch many things and put on a lot of weight by eating too much honeycomb ice cream in the intervals! A big pat on the back for all those involved in initially making this venue happen and those who are running it now. Keep up the great work.
Chloe The Tommo Thomas | Dec 21, 2017
Amazing place. So much to do here fantastic building with something for all the family from your baby to your grandparents. Lots of amazing performances go on here. Currently secret seven is on until 14th January. It's an amazing show and it's not to be missed. My dog is also one of the Scampers so it's worth going to see.
Emma Lancaster | Apr 9, 2018
Fantastic first experience of this place. Took my 4 year old to watch the dinosaur world. He absolutely loved it. He even got to stroke a couple of dinosaurs when the show ended. We had our tea at the kitchen restaurant and the food was lovely. Great library for kids too. Will definitely come back.
Mike Norton | Apr 2, 2018
Great night at the story house seeing Russell Kane and friends. I haven't been before but it was really night inside.. it's not very well sign posted though so make sure you give yourself some time to find your seat.. Also there is a bar at the top which is usually quieter than the main bar if you want a drink before hand!
Diana Shand | Apr 11, 2018
Fabulous establishment with multifunction. Library, Café and theatre in one place. What an amazing place. I was there for a talk and the acoustic was excellent. I sat up high in the circle and heard everything as if I had been next to the stage. Wish I could have spent more time there.
Gareth Shedden | May 10, 2018
Difficult to fault this place really except maybe for the price of some plays and films. Plenty for the smaller kids to do in the play den room from reading, chilling to a film, drawing etc and there are plenty of reasonably priced supervised craft sessions too if you need some space. In the library enjoy a drink while the kids dress up. And of course the film / theatre. Perfect for a rainy day with friends.
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