Works are underway to transform an historic cinema into a pub.

Hoardings have been put up around the State Cinema, in Grays Town Centre.

It has prompted delight from the community.

Love Grays, a community organisation improving the town said: "Have you seen the hoarding that was put up this week at the State Cinema in Grays?

"Looks like Wetherspoons may be getting their hard hats on soon.

"Watch this space.

"We can't wait to sink our teeth into this good ol' mixed grill."

Weatherspoons has been planning a new pub at the town centre for years.

The pub chain has been contacted for comment.