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Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London NW6

Kilburn is a popular area of north-west London which has recently seen a surge in popularity thanks to a number of regeneration projects. The area is steeped in a rich history, which is reflected in the architecture of the buildings and landmarks that dominate the landscape.

The Gaumont State Cinema, a Grade II listed Art Deco theatre, is undoubtedly Kilburn’s most iconic landmark. 

The impressive cinema was built as a Super Cinema by George Coles and opened on the 20th December 1937. The building’s striking Italian Renaissance style exterior, with its 120 foot tower, which can be seen for miles around the Kilburn area, is said to be inspired by the Empire State Building. 

With a 4004 capacity auditorium split over two levels, a separate dance hall and a 400 seat restaurant, The Kilburn State is the largest super cinema ever built in England, and the third largest in the UK. The grand interior was just as impressive as the exterior and boasted one of the largest functioning Wurlitzer organs in Britain. 

In its heyday, the cinema attracted hordes of people to Kilburn, hosting variety shows, pantomimes, circuses, ballets, and concerts, as well as film screenings. Countless legendary names have graced the stage including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe, and The Beatles. 

Later, the building was taken over and became home to a Mecca Bingo Hall. In 2007 it closed again and the ‘Save the Kilburn State’ campaign was set up by local residents to protect the building from property developers. 

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