State Cinema, George Street, Grays - Thurrock (UA)

The State Cinema is one of the best preserved of the 'super cinemas' of the late 1930s. It was constructed in 1938 by FGM Chancellor for Frederick's Electric Theatres. The building has suffered from heritage crime and the roof, rainwater goods and interior are in poor condition. The reuse of the vast cinema poses complex problems, as confirmed by a feasibility study some years ago. Planning application currently under consideration by Thurrock Council for conversion to public house.

State Cinema, George Street, Grays - Thurrock (UA)
© Essex County Council

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: STATE CINEMA
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1111543
  • Local Planning Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Site Type: Commercial > Eating and drinking establishment


  • Building Name: State Cinema
  • Street Name: George Street
  • Locality: Grays
  • Unitary Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Thurrock
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Commercial company