Interior of Walthamstow cinema in 1930

Interior design of Walthamstow cinema in 1930

Interior design of Walthamstow cinema in 1930

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The image of the former EMD cinema in Hoe Street, Walthamstow was featured in an American trade magazine from 1930. The interior was designed by Russian theatrical director and designer Theodore Komisarjevsky, "one of the most colourful figures of European theatre"as noted in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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12:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

This beautiful Art Deco cinema, the Granada (known recently as the EMD), entertained Walthamstow residents and impressed visitors up till 2003. Then it was taken over and closed down by new owners the UCKG. The council and a government inquiry wisely opposed the UCKG's plans to turn the Granada into a 'place of worship'.

I remember the Granada's last night as a cinema, in January 2003. Supporters had polished and burnished its magnificent decor to a state of dazzling beauty, and recorded it on film. Sadly the UCKG have let it deteriorate -- illegally, as it's a listed building.

As Walthamstow's fortunes rise again, let's hope Waltham Forest council takes the opportunity to do a compulsory purchase order and sell the Granada on to one of the cinema operators who want to reopen it. Let's hope we'll all soon be able to enjoy Walthamstow's unique and beautiful centrepiece as a cinema again.
This beautiful Art Deco cinema, the Granada (known recently as the EMD), entertained Walthamstow residents and impressed visitors up till 2003. Then it was taken over and closed down by new owners the UCKG. The council and a government inquiry wisely opposed the UCKG's plans to turn the Granada into a 'place of worship'. I remember the Granada's last night as a cinema, in January 2003. Supporters had polished and burnished its magnificent decor to a state of dazzling beauty, and recorded it on film. Sadly the UCKG have let it deteriorate -- illegally, as it's a listed building. As Walthamstow's fortunes rise again, let's hope Waltham Forest council takes the opportunity to do a compulsory purchase order and sell the Granada on to one of the cinema operators who want to reopen it. Let's hope we'll all soon be able to enjoy Walthamstow's unique and beautiful centrepiece as a cinema again. Walthamster
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