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1,000 seat theatre venue coming to Hoe Street

 

Ambitious plans to fully renovate the former Granada cinema from the 1930's into an entertainment venue managed by Soho Theatre are now underway. Waltham Forest Council are going to purchase the Grade II-listed building on Hoe Street from EMD Walthamstow LLP for £2.6 million.

 

The venue proposes to seat an audience of 1,000, attracting the 'big names' in Comedy (both UK and international acts), pantomime and other theatre productions.The site dates back to 1887 when it initially launched as Victoria Music Hall until it was converted into a cinema in 1907. The Beatles (live in 1963) and The Who have since worked their magic on the stage.

 

The cinema closed in 2003 and went under the radar until it was partially functioning as the pub and arts complex Mirth, Marvel and Maud. That was then, but now, exciting plans are underway and the masterminds behind the Soho Theatre in central London are going to be in charge once the site is functioning in three years time. The timing of this news seems to coincide with Waltham Forest Council being awarded London's First Borough of Culture. The idea for Soho Theatre to take over the venue have been brewing since 2012.

 

According to The Stage's  article , Council leader Clare Coghill said the venue would bring a 'major boost to the long-term economy', with the council claiming it could generate between £34 and £52 million over a 10-year period.

 

Keep you eyes out for developments over the next three years. The theatre's name is yet to be confirmed.

Published on 01 April 2018

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