A unique London venue

Gracepoint is a landmark cultural and meeting venue owned by Resurrection Manifestations (‘Resman’) and operated by Gracepoint Management (a subsdiary of Resman). Gracepoint is a premier venue for arts, educational shows, family performances, theatre, corporate meetings and events.

This uniquely beautiful performing arts venue with a overall capacity of almost 2000 seats make Gracepoint a primary destination for world class performance and events. Gracepoint is one of the largest and beautiful performing arts venues in the City. The Grade II* listed Carlton Cinema is located at numbers 161-169 Essex Road, on the corner of Essex Road and River Place, in the Borough of Islington. Essex Road forms part of the A104 and connects to Upper Street to the southwest and Ball’s Pond Road to the northeast.
Gracepoint provides a major townscape landmark in Essex Road. It is a building that is fixed both in the affections of Islington’s inhabitants and in the memory of commuters and visitors.

Architecture

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Gracepoint was opened on 1st September 1930 as the Carlton Cinema. It was built as a cine-variety theatre for independent exhibitors C & R Theatres. Gracepoint is an architecturally outstanding work of its time. The building is a good example of cinema architecture during the 20th Century in London, exhibiting many of the distinctive details of the eclectic Art Deco style.

The design of the building is of architectural interest and the decoration and embellishments are unusual and of high significance. This lavish building has a magnificent Egyptian style facade dressed in multicoloured Hathernware faience. Inside the building the style changes to an Empire style with Egyptian touches in the foyer and then into the auditorium which is a delightful French Renaissance style.

Gracepoint was designed by architect George Coles (1884-1963) one of the country’s leading cinema architects since when he produced his first cinema, the Poplar Stepney, in 1912. Over the next 35 years he would be involved in the design or reconstruction of some 65 cinemas. He was committed to architecture as an art form as much as it is a form of social service, and Gracepoint exemplifies this fact. In this particular instance therefore, Gracepoint represents an exception: although it is of relatively recent construction, it represents a rarity for the few examples of this building type remaining in Britain and for the relatively good state of completeness of its fabric and plan form.

Our Mission - To enhance, manage and maintain the Grade II* listed Gracepoint for public use as a place of worship, together with the purpose for which it was originally built enabling the conservation and/or restoration of the building.

Vision

Gracepoint's mandate is four fold:

  • revitalise the building and maintain the Grade II* listed building for public use as a place of worship
  • create a community focus in which many events which reach beyond the worshipping congregation to society at large are open and available. Retain Gracepoint as a place of “public assembly” that will have public access
  • establish a robust and viable rental operations that secures the building’s preservation and guarantee of a continued use that will prevent decay and eventual abandonment; ensuring the needed repairs and restoration and the required maintenance continue for years to come.
  • offer education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs would reach young people with vital arts-in-education programmes, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future. Through exposure to live performance and lively participation, we seek to ensure that arts and the building remain an integral part of our community’s rich inheritance.   Gracepoint would become a nationally recognised leader in arts education, providing resources to students and teachers in schools and community centres throughout London through presentation of special productions, events and festivals for children and families.