ROGER SHONE

Photographs, articles, programmes, posters, film, seats, furnishings, plaster work are but many of the preserved items in the extensive collection that Roger Shone 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. Negotiating with the owners of the defunct businesses to persuade them that such articles should be saved from the skips for posterity is commendable. 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.
The entire proscenium facing, seats, curtains and follow spotlights from the Royalty were saved thanks to Roger Shone. Plaster work, light fittings, display frames, ticket machines, etc were acquired from the ABC Chester. The footlights, light fittings, etc, were saved when the Odeon Chester closed.

This section of plaster work was acquired by Roger when the interior of ABC was gutted in the restructuring for the Primark store