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Historic Buildings Winner and Overall Winner 2018 Nominated by: Chester Civic Trust Region: North West Architect: Bennetts Associates Description: Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new £37m library, theatre, cinema and cultural centre carved from a beloved art deco Grade II listed Odeon cinema. Opened in May 2017, after a decade long absence of a theatre or cinema in the city, Storyhouse is an imaginative re-use of a once neglected classic 1930s cinema. Neglected no more, Storyhouse is a welcoming communal place for people of all ages and backgrounds and 111 different community groups now call Storyhouse ‘home’. At a time when libraries are closing across the country, Storyhouse’s library bucks the trend; a hive of activity, open until 11pm seven days a week. Storyhouse, Chester
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