Waltham Forest announced acquisition of the Grade II* listed EMD cinema and have committed £17 million to its refurbishment.

13 06 2019

The EMD cinema has been a focus for intense community action to save and restore this important building and we're delighted that our proposals have helped secure support from Waltham Forest to save this unique and iconic building. We are excited about its future at the heart of community and cultural life in Walthamstow.

Pilbrow & Partners have been working with Soho Theatre over the last three years on the development of restoration proposals for EMD Walthamstow. These convert the 1929 super cinema, designed by Cecil Aubrey Masey and Theodore Komisarjevsky, into a 1050 seat live performance venue with a focus on comedy. The scheme meets a complex series of challenges. It restores the fabric of the listed building which has been vacant for over a decade and is in a poor state of structural repair. It also meets the demands of a contemporary flexible performance space that are very different from those of the original cinema: delivering more front of house space, full disabled access and providing the technical infrastructure for live performance.