With the EMD/Granada’s foyer re-opening on 10th December as a pop-up pub,
Soho Theatre have released a new statement here explaining their commitment to work
with Antic and the rest of the consortium who now own the cinema.
Waltham Forest Cinema Trust chairman, Neil Gerrard has also released this important statement, which reflects the views of many who have followed the campaign to save this important venue:
“I’m sure that like me, all the residents of Walthamstow will be pleased to see the doors to the EMD open again after 10 years of closure. However, it is important to remember that the opening of a pop-up pub in the theatre foyer is only one small step on the former Granada’s journey to re-opening as a venue for genuine entertainment and community benefit.
We as a local community need to ensure that the next stage in this journey will see Antic London and Downing LLP, the owners of the building, working with a credible and respected arts organisation like Soho Theatre to bring the venue back into use for our community, and for people across London to experience the Granada in its full glory once again.”
With a planning application for the whole building now expected to be submitted to Waltham Forest council by summer 2016 at the latest, we will be counting on supporters in future months to help us convince the new owners to deliver the best long-term outcome for this venue.