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State Cinema

Once called “one of the finest, least altered and latest in date of the super cinemas”, the striking State Cinema in Grays was designed by Frank Matcham & Co. It opened in 1938,  showing The Hurricane with Dorothy Lamour, with capacity for over 2000 cinema-goers, plus air conditioning and a pipe organ.

From the 1970s the cinema had a string of owners, before closing for good in 1989, a year after being used as a location in scenes from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Since then the cinema has largely been derelict, but in 2015, a deal was signed to convert the disused cinema into a Wetherspoons pub.

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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