Right now, the buyer of our cinema, pub chain Antic London, is drawing up plans for the building. But we’re worried their plans boil down to mostly a pub with a side order of “quirky entertainment” (their words). That’s not what so many of us in Walthamstow fought so long and hard for.
Soho Theatre’s plans with Waltham Forest Cinema Trust are for a building that provides a wide range of uses for the widest appeal. We urgently need your help to make sure Antic works with Soho Theatre and doesn’t ‘go it alone’ with plans that don’t do justice to a building that could draw people to Walthamstow from far and wide. We also need your help to make sure that the council understands, now the Empire cinema has opened next door, how much we still want the Granada for film and live entertainment. So…
1. On Twitter? Please tweet this!
The Xmas present we all want? @sohotheatre at the #Walthamstow Granada! @antic_London @lbwfdemocracy http://youtu.be/x3GT1i46fYo Please RT
2. On Facebook? Please post this!
Please post to Antic’s Facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/antic.London or say something similar in your own words…
Getting the EMD/Granada cinema on Hoe Street back into true entertainment use is the best Christmas present you could give Walthamstow. And that means more than opening an Antic pub. It means working with the Soho Theatre too http://www.sohotheatre.com/walthamstow/
As anyone who has followed the campaign to save the Granada knows, Walthamstow cares not just about the Grade II* listed building, but about seeing it brought back as a leading entertainment venue. That’s why the council and Soho Theatre’s vision for the space was so widely supported. And why anything less will be opposed.
Antic and Soho working together is the perfect answer – so get talking!
3. And finally… please send two quick emails!
We’ve drafted emails to Antic and the council leader - just click on the links below to send them as they are. But your email will be even more effective if you add your own experience and personal feelings. Please be polite though – we want these guys to love Walthamstow! And please remember to stick your name and address at the bottom, we’re doing this to show the strength of local support for Soho Theatre’s plans.
Click here to email Antic head honcho Anthony Thomas then add your name, address and anything else you want to say in your own words.
And click here to email council leader Chris Robbins again please add your name, address and your own comments.