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Museum event on city's old picture palaces.

? David A Ellis will present a talk on the history of Chester's cinemas FINAL preparations are under way for the staging of a special event at Chester's Grosvenor Museum which will chart the development of the city's long gone picture palaces and the story of the men who owned them.

Organised by popular website ChesterCinemas, the event is titled Chester Cinemas and The Men Who Owned Them and will take place in the lecture theatre of the museum on Saturday, June 8 at 1.30pm, featuring an illustrated talk presented by respected local cinema historian and author David A Ellis, who will be examining the golden era of cinemas in Chester. He will take a nostalgic look back at the 11 long-gone picture palaces that Cestrians used to flock to and also the story of the influential cinema proprietors including Oscar Deutsch, who was responsible for the building of Chester's iconic Odeon cinema, celebrated Chester showman Pat Collins, owner of The Majestic Cinema later the Majestic Ballroom in Brook Street, John Maxwell, who built the Regal, and The Ostrer Brothers, responsible for The Gaumont.

There will be a display of local cinema memorabilia from The Roger Shone Collection of The Cinemas of Chester, narrated by Dee 106.3 presenter Simon Davies, which tells the story of Chester's much-loved picture palaces while taking a nostalgic look back at some of the films that came to the silver screen in the city over the years.

One of the event organisers, Peter Davies, who worked at several cinemas in Chester over a 52 year period, including the Odeon, said: "David's talk will feature some unique and not seen before slides which will bring to life how the cinema buildings in Chester came to be built on prime sites in the city, as well as the fascinating story of the cinema owners themselves. "We will also be screening a new presentation featuring film footage and photographs of the 11 cinemas we once had in Chester.

"The video tells the story of those great picture palaces and some of the iconic films which graced the screens over years.

"It's going to be a very special afternoon full of nostalgia which I'm sure will bring back many happy memories."

Tickets for the event, which includes light refreshments, are PS4 and available via or by telephone on 01244 520429.

? The Regal/ABC cinema on Foregate Street it looked in 1937 and (inset) Cinema owner John Maxwell who built it ? The Tatler, later known as The Classic Cinema which once stood on Foregate Street, the site is now home to Primark.

? Chester's Iconic Odeon Cinema (now Storyhouse) as it looked in 1986. and (inset) Legendary cinema proprietor Oscar Deutsch, the man responsible for the building of it

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
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Date:Jun 6, 2019
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