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The oldest cinema in East London, Genesis specialises in  the cinematic experience. Open all day, Genesis is not just a cinema, but is also home to the Black & White Space - a beautiful gallery with monthly exhibitions-, Bar Paragon - a cosy cocktail bar hosting regular events -, and Studio 5 - a luxury screen comprising sofa seating, footstools and blankets, and even an in-screen bar. On top of all this is the beautiful foyer, recently restored to its original beauty, furnished with comfortable sofas and free wi-fi, and serving up fantastic Nude Espresso coffee and pastries from  long-term neighbours Rinkoff Bakery.


Located upstairs at Genesis Cinema, Bar Paragon is a haven for cinema-goers and non-cinema-goers alike! Open every evening and serving up a wide range of cocktails, beers, ales and wine, Bar Paragon is also host to a range of fantastic events.


Established in 1939

Bar Paragon is located in the heart of Genesis Cinema. 

The first building on the site opened about 1848 as the Eagle public house, a pub cum music hall. This gave way to Lusby's Summer and Winter Garden which was later renamed Lusby's Music Hall. 

Lusby's was destroyed by fire in 1884 and its proprietors, Messrs Crowder & Payne, opened The Paragon, in May 1885, which was host to many stars of the time, Little Tich in 1902, and Charlie Chaplin. By 1912 music hall was in decline and the theatre was converted into a cinema and named the Mile End Empire.

Since this time the cinema has been through many changes, the most notable of which was the demolition of the Paragon Theatre building, and the subsequent erection of a purpose-built cinema in 1939. This building still stands and is now home to Genesis Cinema, owned by an East End family who were frequenters of the Mile End Empire, and pay homage to its history in the naming of Bar Paragon.

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