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£17m deal to refurbish venue where Beatles and Rolling Stones performed

An arts venue that hosted the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and James Brown is set to reopen after a deal was struck for a £17 million refurbishment. Waltham Forest council has bought EMD Cinema for £2.8 million and plans to turn the Grade II listed building — which closed after falling into disrepair — into a 1,000-seat auditorium in partnership with Soho Theatre. The plan is for a “local theatre with a national profile” that attracts big-name comics and musicians, as well as offering community and education programmes. Dating back…

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