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Erridge, Simon

FX, Mar 2018, pp.76,78-80

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  • Author: Erridge, Simon
  • Description: From my work with local authorities and arts clients i know that opportunities for culture-led regeneration exist in many regional UK towns and cities, particularly in areas of low cultural provision and investment, where grass-roots arts organisations are emerging and offer new models of engagement with artists and audiences. The desire for a theatre in Chester had been embedded in a wider strategy for the regeneration of the city following the closure of the city's only drama house in 2007, but the innovation was to come in the evolution of the scheme's brief, from a traditional 'civic' theatre to a uniquely diverse cultural centre; a place to combine theatre, cinema and city library in a single, publically owned and community-occupied building. Chester's 2012 One City Plan identified strategic moves within the Northgate area of the city, which would see the existing bus station and Sixties-built shopping centre replaced by a new retail quarter, and the former Odeon Cinema, also closed in 2007, converted into Storyhouse. [...]2012 the site had been in private hands and, after the cinema was closed, plans were afoot to create a large nightclub on the site. The direct economic impact and influence of the completed building, which has around 150m of frontage to two main streets and Chester's Town Hall Square, and its thousands of visitors, is already being felt with shops and businesses in the area refreshing their appearance to take advantage of the influx of new people Storyhouse has brought to this quarter of the city.
  • Is Part Of: FX, Mar 2018, pp.76,78-80
  • Identifier: ISSN: 09660380 ; E-ISSN: 20595298
  • Subjects: United Kingdom–UK ; Innovations ; User Services ; Culture ; Workforce Planning ; Libraries ; Councils ; Theater ; Corporate Sponsorship ; Books ; Funding ; Cities ; Arts Council England
  • Language: English
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