With his many enthusiastic friends and helpers ROGER SHONE for many years has set about researching and saving important cinema artifacts that would undoubtedly have been destroyed as our local cinemas have been altered or demolished.

Working in cinemas in North Wales, Roger developed a serious interest in the buildings and the presentation of film. His contribution to the archive of Chester’s cinema history is astounding. Photographs, articles, programmes, posters, film, seats, furnishings, plaster work are but many of the preserved items in the extensive collection that he has built up over the years. Many articles of historical value would have been lost forever if not for his tenacity in acquiring them so that others interested in cinemas and theatres could view and enjoy them. The sheer hard work at negotiating with the owners of the defunct businesses to persuade them that such articles should be saved from the skips for posterity. Donning overhauls and safety equipment, wading in to sites with a band of helpers before demolition begins to remove these important pieces of local memorabilia.