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.
Roger Shone salvaging many items from Chester’s Royalty Theatre
The entire proscenium facing, seats, curtains and follow spotlights from the Royalty were saved thanks to Roger Shone (pictured above at the ROYALTY). Plaster work, light fittings, display frames, ticket machines, etc were acquired from the ABC. The footlights, light fitting etc saved when the Odeon closed, and so on.
This section of plaster work was acquired by Roger when the interior of ABC was gutted in the restructuring for the Primark store
Roger Shone has a comprehensive knowledge and strong views on Chester cinemas which includes their technical operation. Roger has kindly agreed to take an active part on this website. It is hoped that he will soon be providing us with more and more in depth background on all the cinemas and theatre of Chester. Please remember that copyright is applied on all his pictures and features.