Odeon Chester staff member Pamela Jones inside one of the fully animated hand painted displays in the circle lounge


A  Agnes Woodward, Albert Close, Allan Rosser, Alfred Newton,  Agnes Wimpey, Alex Reece, Alan Dodd, April Ashley, Annette Ridgway, Arthur Fulwood, Alice Davies, Andy Elvis, April Welsby, A. B.Close, Aaron Daniels, Agnes Jones, Albert Gerrard, Audrey Bentley, Annie Sims, Anita Rees, Alice Jones, Anthony Owens, Alex Goldsmith, Angela Main,

B  Bob Lee, Barbara Rough, Bell Massey, Bob Dixon, , Barbara Cain, Betty Hamer,Brenda Huxley, Bert Egginton (also known as Bert Lotto), Barbara Paskin, Billy Addis, Bruce Williams, Betty Langton, Brenda Bunnell, Billy Bath, Bob Hadfield, Barry Hopwood, Barbara Lloyd, Bob Dorrington, Alf Dixon, Barry Hall, Bob Carrington,

C  Charles Powell,  Catherine Parry, Charlie Jones. Clive Holdstock, Cath Fox, Charles Mellor, Charlie Bowden,  Chris Draycott, Christopher Hanratty, Cecil Carlton, Christina Jean Malone, Craig Villanti, Colin Hill, Chris Rowlands,

D  Desmond Beverly, David A Ellis, Derek Moore, Douglas Baker, Dennis Davidson, David Elliot, Dorothy Hodgekinson, Doreen (Mandy) Gibson, Desmond Beverley, Dougie Jones, Dorothy Whitlow, Dot Attwood, Dolly Orde,  Dennis Radford, Dot Evans, Dorothy Furber, Doug Wilcox, Diane Pierce, Dot Cotgreave, Dolly Corfe, Dave Potts, Dot Rowlands, Doreen Williams, David Thomas, Doris Jones, Doreen Massey,

E  Elsie Edge, Eddie Rowlands, Ethel Hewson. Eric Monkhouse. Edward Williamson, Elisabeth Smith,  Edith Blythin, Eileen Foreshaw,  Eddie Edge, Emily Roberts, Ernest Hall, Emily Dean, Edward Rhodes, Eileen Rogers, Enid Davies,

F  Flora Tapp, Fred Rowley, Frances Stanley, Frank Smith, Fred Dickenson, Freda McHugh, Frank Kerr, Felicity Hanratty, Frank Hughes, Fiona Leadbetter, Fred Morgan, Frances Andrews (laterTinkler), Freda Haslam,  Fran Milton, Fraser Curtiss, Fred Sheldon, Florence Pleavin(Crimes),

G  Geoff Williams, George Buckley, Graham Jones, Gordon Brown, Gordon Potter, Geoff Morris, Gwendoline Millar, George Skelton, Glyn Hibbert, Gladys Davies, Gaz Doherty, Gordon A Harrold, George Haydock, Gwen Artel, George Fawcett, Gaynor Massey,

H   Hugh Price Jones, Horace “Chuck” Walker, Harry Yorke, Hilda Musgrave, Helen Hughes, Hettie Huffton, Hailey J Morris, Harry Woodcock, Harold Lightfoot,

I  Iris Bland, Irene Askey, Irene Jones, Ivor Roberts,

J  Joyce Hodgekinson, John Lightfoot, Joan Hayden, Jack Lalley, Judy Liversage, John Ellis, Joyce Edmonds,  Jean Davies, Joan Partington, Joe Bolton, Joan Price,  Joyce Conway/Garner, John Ingman, John Paskin, Justin Conlon, Jennifer Hibbert, Joe Strange, June Roberts, Joe Villanti, Joan Davies, June Worthington, Joan Massey, Josie Brown, Joan Chatterton, John Oldham, Joyce Edmonds, Jessy Pleavin, Janet Roberts, Jon Hocking, Jo Ellis, Jacqueline Hill, Julie Caden, Jesse Roberts, Johnnie Owen, John Kinsey, Jenny Clegg, Jean Beales,

K  Ken Cooper, Keith Addis, Kerry Haywood, Karl Cleveley, Keith Hignett, Ken Creelman, Kath Onions (later Kath Potter), Kenneth Edmondson, Keith Addis, Karl Morris, Kath Jones, Kathleen Massey, Keith Davies,

L  Louisa Smith, Lynn Wainwright, Lil Rodgers, Laurence Hindmarsh, Linda Pleavin, Lisa Contilli, Laura Jones, Lena Jones, Lillian (Rita) Minshull, Linda Barnes, Lorraine Crawford, Lee McClounnan,

M  Mabel Douglas, Marion Baskerville, Mark Jenkins, Miriam Jeffreys, Margaret Cooper (nee Turner), Muriel Jackson, May Hayes, Margaret Philipson, Mary Charmley, Marian Black, Michael Smith, Marion Aldridge, Marjorie Price, Malcolm Oldfield, Mary Sweeney,  Mick Mills, Mark Jenkins, Malcolm Leech,  Mary Challoner,  Mal Tones, Mark Rosser, Madge Dawson, Maureen ‘ Moe’ Smith, Millie Holland, Madge Buckley, Mark Sheldon, Mary Davies, Melissa Lanceley, Madge Morris, Maragret Ledster, Mervyn Howell, Matt Westward, Michelle Doherty, Melita Royle, Mark Lees,

N Nick Egginton, Nick Jones, Nancy Lyon, Neil Watson, Nigel Norris,  Nan Moore, Nellie Willets, Norma Roberts, 

O  Olive Rose, Owen Jones, Olive Evans,

P  Pat Cain (later Pat Davies), Phyllis Vickers , Peggy Edge, Pat Stafford, Prynea Gregory, Peter Davies, Peggy Rawson, Pat Spalding, Pauline Villanti, Pauline Meyers, Pam Jones, Pat Tomlins, Paul Taylor, Pat Leonard,

Q  ~

R  Ronnie Jones, Ron Evans, Ross Lewis, Ron Jones, Rose Hill, Ray Davies, Ronald Barrie, Robert Jones, Ron Thurling, Rob Whitfield, Ruby Edwards, Ronald Brunt, Rob Collier, Ricky Platt, Richard Waring, Rita Jones, Roy Ingram, Ros Leonard,

S  Stephen Wynstanley, Shelia Pickford. Sue Massey, Sid Woodward, Stephen Purdom, Sid Brown, Sammy Parsons, Sidney Woodworth, Sheila Watts, Shirley Shaw,  Sid Jones, Shelia Grundy, Sandra Mann, Stuart Smith, Sandra Bartlett, Stan Tinkler, Shaun Dorbar, Sharon Attwood, Sheila Clarkson, Sherron Morrey, Sheila Everden, Sandra Edwards, Sheila Taylor, Sheila Bennion (later Sheila Dunning), Stanley Davies, Steve Fox, Sandra Lloyd, Sue Raynor, Stephen Hewitt, Simon Kelsey, Susan Royle, Sandra Williams,  Susan Harrop, 

T  Tom Feeney, Tony Rawson, Tony Jones, Tommy Meacock,  Terry Gregory, Tommy Sutton, Thomas Priddin, Terry Underhill, Tom Holland, Tony Parker, Tommy Willets, Tracy Roberts, Thomas Prescott, Tony Owen,

U  ~

V  Vincent Dunning, Vera Roberts, Valda Harding,

W  Walter Vickers, William Mulvey, Will Hunter, Wendy Lewis,

X  ~

Y  Yvonne Clifford,

Z  ~

Did you work in Chester cinemas, or knew someone who did? Then please add onto this list via our contact page.





Marvelous news from Kay & Peter Cooke who have sent in pictures of Kay’s parents, Gwen & Ron Thurling, who met and married when they were both employed at Chester’s largest cinema, the ABC Regal when it first opened.

Gwen Artel was born in Russell Street, Boughton, Chester. Ron was from across the river in Handbridge. Their “Silver Screen” marriage was one of sixty one happy years which all began in Chester cinemas.  They are both featured above in this early staff picture taken in the circle foyer of the ABC REGAL cinema.

They lived in Sussex Road, Newton, enjoying life with their family and many friends & neighbours.  Ron became a well known quiz master at the regular Thursday night pub quiz at the Bear’s Paw.

Met & married while at Chester Odeon ~ PRYNEA and TERRY GREGORY

When Prynea Rumsey joined the Odeon staff in the sixties little did she realize that way up high beyond the projection beam was her future husband-to-be, Terry Gregory, who was one of the projection team which included the original chief projectionist Ernest Hall, and Gordon Potter the second operator.  Their wedding took place on Saturday 14th June 1969, a warm sunny day at Saint Mark’s Church in Saltney. Gordon Potter was the Best Man. Rumour had it that the vicar had enjoyed a few sherries before the service. Whether that was a joke , who knows? However, Prynea tells us that the vicar’s name was Frankie Howard!

“A Good time was had by all” says Prynea, who enjoys her retirement with Terry in Chester, and is a member of Chester Cinemas Facebook group.


Terry with his fellow ODEON projectionist & best-man Gordon Potter

Two young people who met and married while working at Chester’s Odeon were cashier Kathleen & Gordon Potter.

Kath was a cashier, while Gordon worked in the projection room.

Kath Onions & Gordon Potter met at Chester Odeon, then married soon afterwards



Barbara & John Paskin met when they were both employed at the Gaumont Chester