TATLER/ CLASSIC

TATLER (later renamed CLASSIC),

Date Opened – Wednesday 2nd December 1936.   Date Closed – Friday 18th December 1970.      Building demolished – Spring 1971.

Total seating capacity (stalls & balcony) – 530 seats

Architect: William Segar Owen

 

 

 

 

Two months after the opening of Chester’s Odeon, The Tatler
opened on Wednesday 2nd December 1936 as a news theatre.
Renamed Classic in the late fifties.
Initially, the programme consisted of cartoons, comedy, travel,
sport and news. Wide aisles and cross over gangways were
part of the plan to assist a continually changing audience. The way that the cinema was constructed, it was a listed as a bomb shelter during the 2nd World War.
Apart from the more recent Cineworld, the TATLER/ Classic
is the only Chester cinema that was demolished without a trace.
The entrance doors were exactly where the front doors
of the Primark store now stands.

 

The TATLER FOYER- opening week 1936

 

Stalls view of the TATLER-AUDITORIUM opening week 1936

 

 

The original TATLER stage & proscenium on 1936 opening week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TATLER-AUDITORIUM-FROM-BALCONY  opening week 1936

 

TATLER CASH DESK  opening week 1936 

 

 

Rear view of the TATLER AUDITORIUM opening week 1936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new proscenium in the Classic, installed to accommodate Cinemascope  *note how the original AH grills were incorporated into the new front of screen

 

This aerial shot shows the massive ABC Regal & the ribbed roof of the Tatler to it’s left

 

 

 

 

Picture credits on this page- Allen Eyles/Eric Rhodes (prints ownership & copyright protected).

Photographic material researched for chestercinemas.co.uk by David A Ellis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed going to the TATLER/Classic, or worked there at anytime, then we will be pleased to hear from you to share your thoughts.