Wetherspoon plans for State Cinema approved

19 July 2021

JD Wetherspoon's planning application to transform The State Cinema has been given the green light.

The iconic Grays building is set to be returned to its former glory after new plans gained approval from Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee last week (Thursday 15 February).

Plans will see the much-loved George Street building fully refurbished and transformed into a public house at the heart of Grays, creating new jobs and boosting the town’s economic recovery.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, strategic planning and external relationships, said: "This is great news for the regeneration of Grays and coincides with the fantastic announcement that the town is also set to benefit from a £19.9million government cash injection as part of the Grays Towns Fund that will help reconnect the high street with the river and create a brand new leisure destination for the whole of Thurrock to enjoy.

"There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to get the State back on track and I can’t wait to see its iconic doors finally reopen."

A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson, Eddie Gershon, said: "We are delighted with the decision of the council. We are committed to developing the site and once again making it an important part of the town's social scene. The council has a superb plan to regenerate Grays and we are delighted to be a part of that."

Restoration works to the main lobby and stall foyer will celebrate the building's rich heritage that will also see the impressive Compton organ restored.

Find out more about the council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Grays at

Photo below: The State Cinema (left) in George Street.