RE:NEW is the name of the project transforming Chester’s 1936 Odeon building into the brand new world-class cultural centre ‘Storyhouse’.
Chester’s Odeon building is Grade II Listed and has been empty and deteriorating since 2007. The RE:NEW project is converting and extending the existing building to house two flexible theatre spaces, boutique independent cinema, a 21st century library and destination cafe bars.
Due to be completed at the end of 2016, the building will be run and programmed by Storyhouse a combined arts producer, based in Chester. Their work includes the nationally acclaimed Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre company, the Chester Music Festival and the Chester Literature Festival.
Storyhouse will be a place where audiences will be truly inspired. It will both produce its own work, and welcome the best national and international artists to the region. Storyhouse will blend theatre, music dance, literature and cinema in what will be a nationally celebrated fusion of a library and performing arts space.
The Grosvenor Park company will expand its season across park, main house and studio during the summer, creating a nationally celebrated, home produced festival theatre season. From September to May the new centre will welcome the very best in touring theatre, musicals, dance and comedy, making a truly inspiring year-round programme.
The annual public programme for the library, theatre, studio and café spaces, including schools, summer, literary and engagement programmes, will be managed and planned as a unified library and performing arts programme, encouraging all communities to enjoy literature and the arts, along with developing creative industries in the region.