Chance to see proposals for new cultural venue in Chester

Published date: 03 December 2013 |
Published by: Neil Bellis
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PLANS for Chester’s new theatre, library and cinema complex will go on display to the public at the next One City Plan (OCP) drop-in event.

The event, which is open to all, takes place at Chester Town Hall’s Palatine Room on Tuesday, December 10 in two sessions at 11.30am-1pm and 4.30-6.30pm.

It will give people the opportunity to discover the latest developments in the £37.5m project to transform the former Odeon building into a cultural centre featuring a theatre, library and cinema.

The first stage of the project – to demolish the adjacent Commerce House – is now under way, with completion scheduled for May.

The 800-seat theatre is to  be housed in a new building, linked by open foyer spaces to the Grade II listed Odeon building, which will be transformed into a contemporary city library featuring a café, study spaces and a 120-seat cinema.

Key features of the plan include an 800-seat theatre with adaptable seating and staging, a studio with 150 seats and a cinema with 120 seats to echo the 1930s, where audiences will be transported back to a period inspired by the work of Oscar Deutsch.

This room will not only be used for a film programme but also for seminar and community use, heritage film programming, talks and other activities.

There will be a library which will sit at the heart of the public spaces, blending and working alongside the performing arts and film provision, to seamlessly connect and add value to all activity taking place in the building and café bars and foyers.

Members of the team will be on hand to discuss the project, together with representatives from Chester Renaissance.

The event will feature updates on the initiatives that form part of the OCP, which aims to guide the future economic regeneration of Chester.

The 15-year strategy will co-ordinate and drive a programme of public and private investment and development activity into the city centre.

Further information about the drop-in sessions can be found at

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