• New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • New Theatre, Chester
  • (image credit: Bennetts Associates)
  • Internal sketches - Thrust (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • Internal sketches - End On (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • (image credit: Ståle Eriksen)
  • (image credit: Ståle Eriksen)
  • (image credit: Ståle Eriksen)
  • (image credit: Ståle Eriksen)

...A new large-scale flexible theatre to rejuvenate the 1930’s cinema

NEW THEATRE, CHESTER

 

Project summary

 

Charcoalblue are working with long-time collaborators, Bennetts Architects to design a significant new arts complex in the historic heart of the city. The site is bound by Roman archaeology and inhabits a Grade II Listed 1930’s Odeon cinema.

 

The project includes a new adaptable 500-800 seat theatre, able to transform itself from a summer festival stage into a winter touring proscenium house; and a new 100-seat studio venue located above the theatre. Inside the old cinema auditorium the complex includes a new cinema screen, cafe and the city’s relocated library.

 

Charcoalblue are providing full consultancy services, leading the design of the performance spaces and designs for the technical systems. Additionally, we are providing acoustical advice for the performance spaces, public spaces, library and cinemas.