Press reports suggested a company called RMP Prop – not Antic – had bought the cinema, however Anthony Thomas, Antic’s founder confirmed that RMP were simply ‘involved’ and that the building has been bought by Antic’s partnership company EMD Walthamstow LLP.
Licensing applications for film, live entertainment and alcohol provision were submitted by Antic earlier this year and have been approved by Waltham Forest Council.
Antic hope to submit their planning application to the council by the end of June with the hope that the foyer may re-open to the public by Christmas 2015 with other parts of the building to follow.
It’s estimated the Christie organ may need approximately £250,000 spent on restoring it to full working order. Antic have said it will be looked at as part of wider surveys to address health & safety issues (particularly asbestos) and establish the overall condition of the building.
Antic have stated the successful use of the auditorium is essential to their plans which also include bars and a small hotel/residential to help fund the development.
Once Antic’s planning application is published we will be asking everyone to fight for the very best outcome of this nationally important entertainment venue. This includes ensuring Soho Theatre & WFCT – with their expertise and resources for providing major entertainment and education programmes – are at the heart of the use of this building for decades to come.
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