In its heyday, the former EMD Cinema in Walthamstow saw performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, James Brown, Johnny Cash and Alfred Hitchcock.Parts of the building now contain the restaurant/bar Mirth, Marvel & Maud. The spectacular art deco auditorium has been closed to the public for almost two decades, but there are now plans to restore it to its former glory.
The council says the 1,000-capacity space will fill a gap in the market, becoming ‘a local venue with a national profile’. In a smart move, Waltham Forest (which is currently the first official London Borough of Culture) has partnered with the brilliant Soho Theatre to programme the venue. It’s going to take three years to fix up. EMD reopens in late 2022.