Waltham Forest Council to buy at risk Walthamstow EMD / Granada

It is fantastic that Waltham Forest Council have committed to purchasing the Walthamstow EMD / Granada and have pledged to restore and reopen this magnificent Grade II* listed building, currently on the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register. The announcement is testament to the council’s commitment to culture and a major step in their journey as the first London Borough of Culture.

The council have been working with Soho Theatre over new operational plans which will include a 1,000-seat auditorium in the renovated theatre.

The glorious former Granada in Walthamstow has been on the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register for a number of years. The Trust has been working with Soho Theatre and Waltham Forest Council to help bring this theatre back to life, and it is fantastic to hear that it will finally be fully restored and reopened for audiences from Walthamstow and beyond. I’m particularly excited that with Soho Theatre comedy will be at the heart of the programme, filling a gap for a 1,000-seat venue dedicated to comedy in London.

 Comedian Dara Ó Briain, Trustee of the Theatres Trust

The Granada is one of six London theatres on the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register 2018, which was launched at Soho Theatre in January of this year. The launch highlighted the importance of council support for their local theatres and of reviewing the economic and social benefits of these buildings prior to making a decision on their future. Waltham Forest have undertaken this research, which shows the project could add up to £52 million to the local economy over a ten year period.

The regeneration of the Granada will not only breathe new life into this important historical theatre venue but also, as the council’s research has proven, play a key role in the regenerative and economic revival of the local area.

Read the full Waltham Forest Council Press Release.

Image | Walthamstow EMD / Granada by Nicholas Allott