• Ella Townsend


Currently, this Grade 2 listed cinema is in a neglected, run down state. It was originally known as the Granada cinema in 1930. Over many years it saw stars such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones perform. Since then it has been known as MGM, ABC, and EMD cinema.

Since 2015 the Walthamstow Granada has been on the Theatres at Risk Register. Over the years, planning applications were refused by the Waltham Forest Council and other groups. This is because it was considered that the building still had potential feasibility as an entertainment venue.

An announcement was made in March 2019 by Waltham Forest Council. They proposed plans to purchase, restore, and re-open the building as a local theatre.

Since then, Willmott Dixon have been made a construction partner. They have started preparing the site for the project to begin this year.

Architects Pilbrow and Partners proposed plans to restore the theatres basic form to one that keeps with the buildings original use in its heyday.

This restoration will adhere to the specifications of Soho Theatre, making it a leading venue for live entertainment. Refurbishment will commence over 5742 square meters of space, seeing 950 seats in the new theatre. It is set to open in 2022.

Here at ANY Weld, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded our second contract with Willmott Dixon Interiors. This will see us supplying the Phase 1 Structural Steelwork to the BOH/Fly Tower area.

It is an honour for us to be working with Willmott Dixon again. We’re very excited to be involved in a project of this scale for this historic landmark.

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