Waltham Forest's Film Society and the campaign to save the EMD Cinema

EMD Cinema: Set for revival…


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Updated January 2020

The McGuffin Film Society is pleased to confirm that Waltham Forest’s councillors have agreed an ambitious plan to secure the long term future of the EMD Cinema as a flagship venue for arts and culture.

Under new proposals, the local authority will acquire the freehold of this much loved listed building while the venue itself will be regenerated and operated by our colleagues at Soho Theatre.

The three-year scheme will enable a full scale restoration of the historic cinema building while reviving it as a state-of-the-art centre for live performance, theatre and film. Restoration is currently expected to commence in the summer of 2020.

The new initiative is the result of much long-term planning and negotiation and will finally see the EMD Cinema returned to its proper role as a landmark for culture and entertainment after years of neglect and misuse.

The new plans are fully endorsed by the McGuffin Film Society.

Soho Theatre’s Steve Marmion said: “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”.

The current outline proposals for the venue along with  consultation documents can be found here.

Further details will be posted here shortly while updates from Soho Theatre can be found here. For the very latest news bulletins, join our mailing list via this link

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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

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