The nine-screen Empire cinema at Cleveland Place is scheduled to open on November 20

Chief Executive of Empire Cinemas Justin Ribbons with council leader Chris Robbins at the hand-over yesterday

Chief Executive of Empire Cinemas Justin Ribbons with council leader Chris Robbins at the hand-over yesterday

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A date has been announced for the opening of the borough's only cinema.

Work has begun to fit out the nine-screen multiplex at the former Arcade site in Cleveland Place, Walthamstow, and it is scheduled to open on November 20.

It will be the first time in more than a decade that people do not need to travel outside the borough to the cinema.

Council leader Chris Robbins was on-site yesterday at The Scene to officially hand it over to Empire Cinema's chief executive Justin Ribbons. 

Mr Ribbons said: "We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone which will ultimately see the return of the silver screen to Walthamstow for the first time in more than a decade."

The announcement comes just days after Pizza Express confirmed it was opening a restaurant at The Scene along with Nandos, Caribbean style-cuisine Turtle Bay and Thai restaurant Yum Yum.

Meanwhile, a cabinet meeting is being held this evening to agree on funding for a negotiated sale of the EMD cinema from its current owner, Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG).

The council has said it is prepared to issue a compulsory purchase order if a deal cannot be brokered.

 

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3:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Like buses, you wait for one then ten arrive.
Like buses, you wait for one then ten arrive. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

4:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

RichieA70 says...

The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).
The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception). RichieA70
  • Score: 11

4:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

RichieA70 wrote:
The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).
Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on.
[quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).[/p][/quote]Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -16

4:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
RichieA70 wrote: The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).
Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on.
I'd rather watch a film in a comfortable brand new cinema built with all modern conveniences than a crumbling old relic from days gone by. You only have to look at the what happened at the Apollo Theatre where the ceiling collapsed and nearly killed people to see the folly of these old buildings, hopefully JD Wetherspoons will put in a higher offer than the council.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).[/p][/quote]Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on.[/p][/quote]I'd rather watch a film in a comfortable brand new cinema built with all modern conveniences than a crumbling old relic from days gone by. You only have to look at the what happened at the Apollo Theatre where the ceiling collapsed and nearly killed people to see the folly of these old buildings, hopefully JD Wetherspoons will put in a higher offer than the council. jonny mash
  • Score: -13

5:46pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

jonny mash wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
RichieA70 wrote: The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).
Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on.
I'd rather watch a film in a comfortable brand new cinema built with all modern conveniences than a crumbling old relic from days gone by. You only have to look at the what happened at the Apollo Theatre where the ceiling collapsed and nearly killed people to see the folly of these old buildings, hopefully JD Wetherspoons will put in a higher offer than the council.
You make good points, the idea that a private drinking den showing some old films like Carry On up your Kybers Paths or Return of The Inky Pinky Men from the Planet Zob could compete with space age seating, air conditioning, wheelbarrows of popcorn galore and up to date lavatories is a dream by a few who are unrepresentative of the Walthamstow Mix, many of who have no interest in what they see as a derelict building and would rather go spend their hard earned lolly in a new cinema and the go to Nando Afterwards than eat In the more posh end of Walthamtow Village in the Orford Road restaurants. Exciting times in Hoe Street. Less Paddypower please would be great.
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: The public meeting to reclaim Walthamstow's far far superior and magical EMD/Granada cinema is being held at 6.30pm 15 July at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17. Please come along and show your support. It's being held in the main school hall (entrance via main front reception).[/p][/quote]Give up, flogging a dead horse. Why you asking the public to buy a private club for a chosen few? Better things to spend money on.[/p][/quote]I'd rather watch a film in a comfortable brand new cinema built with all modern conveniences than a crumbling old relic from days gone by. You only have to look at the what happened at the Apollo Theatre where the ceiling collapsed and nearly killed people to see the folly of these old buildings, hopefully JD Wetherspoons will put in a higher offer than the council.[/p][/quote]You make good points, the idea that a private drinking den showing some old films like Carry On up your Kybers Paths or Return of The Inky Pinky Men from the Planet Zob could compete with space age seating, air conditioning, wheelbarrows of popcorn galore and up to date lavatories is a dream by a few who are unrepresentative of the Walthamstow Mix, many of who have no interest in what they see as a derelict building and would rather go spend their hard earned lolly in a new cinema and the go to Nando Afterwards than eat In the more posh end of Walthamtow Village in the Orford Road restaurants. Exciting times in Hoe Street. Less Paddypower please would be great. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -15

5:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

chingford lad says...

There will be little take up of seats from Chingford residents when there are closer cinemas with free & easy parking.
There will be little take up of seats from Chingford residents when there are closer cinemas with free & easy parking. chingford lad
  • Score: -9

11:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Im from Chingford and will quite happily and gladly go too Walthamstow too watch a film, cant wait for the cinema to open
Im from Chingford and will quite happily and gladly go too Walthamstow too watch a film, cant wait for the cinema to open SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

leytonoldboy2 says...

Sorry to make such a trivial comment - but - 'Mr Ribbons'! Hahaha.
Sorry to make such a trivial comment - but - 'Mr Ribbons'! Hahaha. leytonoldboy2
  • Score: 3

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