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Future Programme... Here in Walthamstow


We believe the former Granada cinema has huge potential as a 21st century arts and entertainment venue, and we have ambitious plans to fulfil this potential.


Imagine a stunning art deco building at the centre of its community with thrilling live performances, year round cinema and an innovative education programme.


The strength of the team assembled here will ensure a programme of a high quality and broad range. This will be a venue which balances curatorial decisions with financial considerations to ensure the right mix of risk, profile, audience development and artistic merit.


This will be a local venue with a national profile - a venue that serves its community while attracting international names and events.



Alongside its role as a leading venue for comedy, the auditorium will be able to host and present a broad range of work.


This will vary from headline comedy acts recording a DVD to big name bands wanting a more intimate space to launch a stadium tour. It could be live streaming of major cultural or sporting events think the Olympics or the Metropolitan Opera live from New York. It could be a radical hip-hop version of a Shakespeare or the final of a street dance competition; a talent show, a gospel choir or a recital from the Christie organ.


Once a year, we aim to present an annual panto. Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion has created critically acclaimed national pantos providing not to be missed family entertainment for the whole community and these will become a regular feature to compete with very best.



There will be three dedicated screens offering year round quality independent cinema. Alongside this, we have the opportunity to use the main auditorium to screen one-offs of the biggest blockbusters, classics or film premieres in what will be one of London's largest and most striking cinema venues.


Working with Sadie Frost's Blonde to Black production company, Curzon and others, means that we will be connected to the production of cinema and will placed to attract events such as film festivals, Secret Cinema (cinema and live performance), Q&As with directors and actors and work from local filmmakers.



Working with the RSC, Soho Theatre and other leaders in the field means that we can create the innovative and high quality education programmes working with people in the borough and beyond. For many young people, this can be transformative, giving valuable life skills and a way into the opportunities and insights that access to arts and entertainment can offer.

Waltham Forest Cinema Trust is a company limited by guarantee. Company registration no. 7479509 (England and Wales). Registered office: 62 Howard Road, London, E17 4SJ.
Registered Charity no.1144168.

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