This story about a listed building in Walthamstow was making our headlines five years ago this week

The former Granada theatre and EMD cinema has been placed on the 2015 ‘Buildings at Risk’ register by the Theatre Trust.

Despite ongoing talks over its restoration and renovation the Grade II* listed building in Walthamstow has been placed under added protection.

The Theatre Buildings at Risk (TBAR) register is the Trust’s means of watching, managing and supporting theatre buildings under threat across the UK.

A spokesman for the Trust said they are “supporting the team at Soho Theatre, and Waltham Forest Cinema Trust in their discussions with Antic”.

The Hoe Street building has been given a total risk rating of seven, over fears the auditorium may not be brought back into use.

New owners Antic told The Guardian last year the building will be lovingly restored and will include entertainment for the community.

A Theatre Trust spokesman said: “Without any use or maintenance, it is believed that the auditorium and stage areas are now in a poor condition.

“If the auditorium is not brought back into use, there is a strong risk that the auditorium and stage areas will deteriorate further and the venue will be lost permanently to live performance use.

“In order to avoid this, the London Borough of Waltham Forest has brought Antic London and Soho Theatre together to discuss shared use of the building.”

The cinema closed in 2003 when it was taken over by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG).

UCKG failed in its bid to turn the cinema into a church and sold the building to Antic London in November 2014.

Pub company Antic has said it will restore the building, but the new development may include housing, alongside bars, restaurants, a boutique B&B or a rooftop garden to support the cost.

Plans developed by the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust and Soho Theatre for the restoration of the theatre gained widespread support.

The council is hosting talks between Antic and the theatre groups to ensure the best community use.

The Granada was built in 1930 by architect Cecil Masey with interior decoration by Theodore Komisarjevsky.

It operated initially as a ciné-variety theatre, with a subsequent history as a live music venue and cinema.

The Granada achieved listed status in February 1987 and is now Grade II*.

Thirty-one theatres feature on the Buildings at Risk Register 2015.