State Club

23-25 Church Street,
Gainsborough, DN21 2JJ

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Construction on the new State Cinema was already well advanced when World War II broke out in September 1939, and the building was allowed to be completed, opening on 17th June 1940 with Marlene Dietrich in "Destry Rides Again. It was an independent cinema and had a seating capacity of 1,040 in stalls and balcony levels. There was a stage, upon which live variety shows were occasionally held and also there was a popular cafe attached.

In June 1941 a Lafleur (Hammond) electric organ was installed for a period of time.

There was talk of re-modeling the cinema in 1972, but these plans came to nothing and the State Cinema was closed in 1973.

I am not sure what use the building had over the next 30+ years, but it was renovated and re-opened as the State Club on 1st December 2007. On 28th February 2008 a 10 metre retractable screen was added for cinema use and the opening film was again "Destry Rides Again" which originally opened the cinema in 1940. The latest first run films are now screened in the early evenings and are projected digitally. Classic films are screened in the afternoons. There are 180 VIP seats in the former balcony and 160 seats in the former rear stalls area beneath the balcony. After the evening film show finishes, the building becomes a nightclub and live performance venue, which has a capacity of 600, using the dancefloor space in the former front stalls area. There are licenced bars available and open for both the cinema and nightclub use.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on December 15, 2008 at 1:23 am

A couple of minor amendments – the cinema reopened on the 29th February 2008, and the Club on 29th November 2007. Seating is in individual armchairs in the front stalls area. The cinema seems to have been owned throughout it’s first life by Star Cinemas (Gainsborough) Limited. Some photographs taken in December 2008 here:–

Exterior:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3110261956/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3110262134/

Foyer:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3109430313/

Auditorium:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3110262670/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3109430413/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3109430517/

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