State back on track as JD Wetherspoon submit new plans

17 May 2021

The State Cinema is back on track to return to its former glory as JD Wetherspoon submits new planning applications.

Thurrock Council welcomes this progress towards the development of a bar in the heart of Grays which will create new jobs and help support Thurrock's economic recovery.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "I am delighted Wetherspoon has now submitted new applications. These have been validated this week and will be going out to public consultation imminently.

"There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to get this project back on track and ensure the State is returned to its former glory at the heart of Grays town centre. This is great news for the regeneration of Grays, for the economy of the borough, and shows that despite the hardship of the last 14 months Thurrock is still open for business."

Plans include changing the use of the George Street building from a cinema to a public house, a new beer garden and will see the iconic building fully refurbished.

A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson said: "We are as keen as ever to open our pub in Grays.

"We believe that the pub will be a great asset to the area and also a perfect opportunity to restore one of the town’s best known buildings."

The development will form a key element to the improvement and regeneration of Grays town centre, which is also set to benefit from up to a £25million government investment as part of the Grays Town Fund to transform Grays Beach Riverside Park, creating a brand new beach destination with a jetty and maritime activity centre.

Read more about the plans for regeneration in Grays.

Photo below: exterior of the State Cinema.