The Chester Playhouse to re-open in August

The Chester Playhouse will open its doors to the public once more on August 26 after a long period of renovations. 

The Chester Playhouse building has operated under various names and ownership since 1938. It began as Kenerik – a movie house – and became a theatre venue in the 60s. The building was officially renamed The Chester Playhouse in 1987.

In 2020, the Playhouse started a Restoration Project funded by all three levels of government. Unfortunately, in June 2021, only weeks away from the completion of this project, the Playhouse sustained serious fire damage. The building has been undergoing the Rebuild Project since then.

August 26 will be an exciting day of celebration for the Playhouse. Director Andrew Chandler says there will be a special event on this day that is open to the public. Details about this event will be revealed on the Chester Playhouse website on May 10, when the Playhouse’s summer programming will also be released.

The Playhouse has even received some improvements during its renovation period. 

“We’ve taken every opportunity to improve on what was there,” says Chandler. The new and improved Chester Playhouse will be “greener and more accessible.” The layout remains the same, however the building has been updated to be more sustainable.  

In the meantime, theatre patrons can look forward to the remainder of the Playhouse’s spring programming, taking place at venues in the Chester area.


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