The former State Cinema is a 'B listed'
building at the NE side of Great
Junction Street, beside the Water of Leith,
designed by James Miller. It opened in the late-1930s and had
billiard rooms, a skittle alley and shops.
The cinema closed in 1972 and was converted to a
Mecca Bingo Hall. In 2002, at a cost of £3m it was converted
to an Egyptian-themed club, Babylon Niteclub with glass bridges,
sphinx statues and palm trees. The club survived for only two
An application was submitted in February
2006 to convert the building into 28 apartments and a restaurant.
This was submitted by the new owner of the building, Walter Barratt,
Alastair Scott, Edinburgh.
It is proposed that a glass-sided elevator will
take customers from the banks of the Water of Leith to the new restaurant,
to be built behind the apartments. The Art Deco frontage of the
building is to be retained.