Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new cultural centre: theatre, cinema, library, studio theatre, restaurant, and bar housed in a rejuvenated 1930s art deco Odeon cinema building which opened to the public in May 2017.
Storyhouse is the new name of Chester Performs – the award winning producer of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the city’s music & literature festivals, the young persons’ festival Wayword, and open air cinema season Moonlight Flicks.
The new building holds at 100-seat boutique cinema which is programmed by a freelance cinema programmer to create a bespoke programme of film activity.
Film Hub NWC Venue Support for 2017 will be used to support one day a week of the freelance programmer’s time to develop the following programme elements:
- A specialised film programme that includes regular monthly screenings of world cinema, documentary, and classic film
- Curate specialised film programmes that make creative cross art form connections with the wider Storyhouse programme
- Increase audience choice and access to diverse cinema by taking part in national touring programmes
- Life long learning opportunities through working in partnership with local universities to develop screening programmes supported by introductions and talks.
In addition to the above Storyhouse will continue to develop it’s engagement strategy for young people aged 16 to 26 though our Young Programmers course and the development of an ongoing youth programme forum. The project will sit under the Storyhouse Young Leaders and Young Company schemes.