EMD Cinema: Set for revival…
The McGuffin Film Society is pleased to confirm that Waltham Forest’s councillors will next week be asked to consider an ambitious plan to secure the long term future of the EMD Cinema as a flagship venue for arts and culture.
Under new proposals, it is hoped the local authority will acquire the freehold of this much loved listed building with the venue regenerated and operated by our colleagues at Soho Theatre.
The three-year scheme would enable a full scale restoration of the historic cinema while reviving it as a state-of-the-art centre for live performance, theatre and film.
The new initiative is the result of much long-term planning and negotiation and would finally see the EMD Cinema returned to its proper use as a landmark for culture and entertainment after years of neglect.
The new plans are fully endorsed by the McGuffin Film Society and we urge all supporters to encourage councillors to approve this bold initiative when it is presented to them at next week’s Cabinet committee meeting.
Soho Theatre’s Steve Marmion said: “We are thrilled with the news that Waltham Forest are making this much needed move. When we get the keys we will fill this fantastic building with a 21st century vision of ‘cine-variety’ – bringing the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre, screenings and special events to your stages, foyers and spaces”.
Council leader Clare Coghill added: “We see restoring this iconic site as a major boost to the long term economy, making the area a magnet for people across London to visit and enjoy”.
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A complete history of the McGuffin Film Society and the campaign to save the EMD Cinema – with exclusive photos and film footage – can be found here