A study to investigate possible sustainable uses for the State Cinema in Grays has been published.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Thurrock Council appointed Alan Baxter & Associates LLP to carry out the feasibility study on the Grade II* listed building, which has been vacant for the last decade.

The owner of the State Cinema and other interested parties including English Heritage, Save the State, the Cinema Theatre Association, the Twentieth Century Society and the Theatre’s Trust were all consulted during the preparation of the report.

The final study is in 3 parts, which can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding link:

The study proposes that the building could be used as a venue for a mix of uses including live entertainment and restaurants while retaining a cinema at its heart.

Commenting on the study, Sarah Barnes, PR Manager for Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation said; “The State is a rare example of a 1930’s cinema in its original condition. It is an important landmark in Grays centre, and the Development Corporation and Council felt it important to consider how it might be brought back into use to assist the regeneration of the town”.

The Development Corporation is continuing its discussions with the owner of the building, who is examining the proposals.

The documents are available to view on the Development Corporation’s website For further information please contact the Development Corporation on 01708 895400.