615 High Road Leytonstone,
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Ivory Mansion (Official)
Previously operated by: Ben Jay's Circuit
Firms: Emden & Egan
Functions: Banquet Hall
Previous Names: Premier Electric Theatre, Premier Cinema
Located in the east London district of Leytonstone. Opened as the Premier Electric Theatre on 20th June 1910 with “I Love to Sit and Look at You”. The architects were Emden & Egan. All seating was on a single floor. The proscenium is wide, with a highly decorated plaster surround. The ceiling has beautiful plaster decorations. By 1934 it was operated by Ben Jay’s Circuit. It closed on 1st October 1938 with Jack Holt in “Making the Headlines' and Richard Arlen in "Murder in Greenwich Village”.
Noted cinema architect George Coles was employed to re-construct the exterior the ageing cinema into a modern Art Deco style, and the seating capacity was reduced to 600. It re-opened on 26th December 1938 with Tyrone Power in “In Old Chicago” and Wayne Morris in “Love, Honour and Behave”.
The State Cinema closed on 15th July 1961 with Sasha Krusharska in “Stars (Sterne)” and it became a bingo club. In 1979 it was converted into a snooker club and this remained in use until early-2006. The building was unused and ‘For Sale’ until 2008, when it was refurbished and converted into a banquet hall known as Ivory Mansion.
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