Storyhouse opens this week with a series of community events and the launch of a diverse summer season of theatre, film and literature events. It is a major new civic cultural hub presenting drama, film and literature, housed in the redundant shell of a 1930s Odeon in the centre of Chester. For Bennetts Associates the project presented an opportunity to create an innovative city-centre public building which will be open 12 hours a day, re-occupying the art deco cinema interiors and re-inventing the way a city library is used and perceived.
Storyhouse aims to connect people through storytelling, and brings theatre and cinema back to Chester after a decade-long absence. The building includes a large main theatre space with a flytower, a studio, a cinema and a city library with over 700m of shelving throughout the building.