Hitchcock cinema in east London to relive old glory

The future of one of London’s oldest cinemas — where a young Alfred Hitchcock saw his first films and music legends including The Beatles and The Who once played — is set to be secured after a campaign backed by some of Britain’s biggest stars.

Sir Mick Jagger led the battle to save the “beautiful, important” EMD Cinema in Walthamstow, which is Grade II* listed in recognition of its Art Deco interior.

Comedians Alan Davies and Meera Syal, politician Tony Benn and musician Professor Green have also supported the bid.

Waltham Forest council is poised to agree to compulsorily purchase the building from the Brazil-based Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

The council is backing the newly established Waltham Forest Cinemas Trust which wants to reopen the EMD as a “21st century version of the original cine-variety theatre” with a programme of live comedy and performance.

Professor Green said: “East London would benefit from restoring the EMD Cinema. Arts and culture are for everyone.”

source London Evening Standard

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