The theatre has welcomed many acclaimed performers, including Matthew Kelly, Les Dennis and Dennis Waterman.
The venue closed after its Christmas production at the end of 2007 to be replaced with a larger Performing Arts Centre, as part of a redevelopment of Chester city centre named The Northgate Development.
The last touring show to visit was Yippeee!!! by Lea Anderson MBE's contemporary dance company The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, performing from October 30 to November 1, 2007.
Later in 2007 the Gateway Theatre was partially reopened as The Forum Studio Theatre, run by an independent theatre company.
The long running Youth Theatre is still running.
The opening of the planned performing arts centre as part of the Northgate Development became uncertain in 2008, when it was announced the project would be put on hold until 2012, due to the ongoing economic downturn.