Some of you will have already seen this, but in case you missed it, Ryan Gilbey has written a feature about the EMD cinema on the New Statesman culture blog. It’s a personal tribute to the building, and well worth a read. Find it here:
As many of you may know, the EMD cinema was at the centre of an eventful weekend this weekend. News of it has been reported elsewhere and so, rather than add to the commentary, I thought I’d do a round up of the stories.
A first-hand account of the night from someone who was there can be found on Fb here.
The Waltham Forest Guardian has covered the story here.
Stella Creasy was on the scene on Saturday night and posted pictures of the internal damage here, here, and here. She has also put pictures on her Flickr stream here.
Tonight, the Save Walthamstow Cinema campaign was handing out flyers at Walthamstow Central publicising the petition about the cinema. You can sign it by going here. One of their new campaign posters is above, it’s awesome, the campaign is awesome and having a cinema would be awesome (in my opinion – and it’s my blog!).
Finally, if you want the latest updates direct from the people involved, I’d recommend following Save E17 Cinema and Stella Creasy on Twitter.
Waltham Forest council have an electronic petition on their website on the future of the EMD cinema on Hoe Street. It is the first electronic petition run by Waltham Forest council, and has been added by Save Walthamstow Cinema.
The petition refers to a planning application on the site. It puts the following statement:
We the undersigned petition the council to reject the pending planning application to turn the EMD/Granada cinema into a church. We want the building to remain an entertainment venue available to the whole community.
The petition runs until 2 March 2011 and can be found here. You have to register to sign the petition – presumably to ensure that only people living in the borough can sign it.
More information on the campaign to save the EMD cinema can be found on the McGuffin Society website.
Electronic petitions are a new innovation from Waltham Forest council, and this is the only one running at the moment. According to the website, anyone can submit a petition. There are a variety of actions which the council may take in response to a petition, ranging from a rather vague “considering the petition” or “undertaking research” to a full council debate.
Local councils have been required to offer electronic petitions since April 2010 following the Local Government, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. It will be interesting to see if this petition is successful in influencing the council’s decision. If so, we are likely to see many more of them in Waltham Forest in the future.