State, Barkingside, Essex

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    Located on Fairlop Road, Barkingside, Essex, the State Cinema was designed in a splendid Art Deco style by architect George Coles. It opened in 1938 and had a seating capacity of 2,194. It became the ABC Barkingside, then was twinned with bingo in the stalls area and a 626 seat cinema in the former balcony. This later became the ACE cinema before closing in 1984. Bingo remains open in the former stalls, but the upper parts of the building have been closed up.

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    1. state 1 48 months ago | reply

      this is a great building and all the art deco fittings still remain upstairs in the circle light fitting ect if you would like any info on this cinema please contact lee unwin at

    2. state 1 48 months ago | reply

      i have been inside this building many times since it as closed in 1984 the circle is all still there just decade over the years all the seats lighting projectors ect are all still in place just would need a good clean .you can make the second entrance in fullwell avenue in to a new entrance a reopen the cinema .i have been trying to get this cinema reopend for years if anyone would like any photos or info on this building please contact because i have a big collection of photos and info thanks lee

    3. skintightessex 21 months ago | reply

      Lee, do you have a website for the State? Or maybe a section on a larger website? Bob

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