Hackney Arts Centre

London, you’ve got O2, Roundhouse, Bush Hall, Koko, Union Chapel, and a plethora of other options to see live music, but did you know that in the last eight years London’s lost half of their grassroots venues? There are a lot of reasons for this, but hopefully new venues like this will coerce more Londoners to hit up live music over the coming years.

Savoy Cinema
More recent view of the property.

What is this new venue? Where is it? We got you.

Savoy Cinema, an 81-year-old venue located on Stoke Newington Road, opened their doors in 1936 and was in operation until 1977.

Fun Fact: The first movie shown there was “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.”

When it was closed the building was converted into two shops and a snooker hall. And if you think tiny when you hear cinema, don’t be fooled. The space includes a theatre, a concert hall, and a bar and restaurant area. If everything goes to according to plan, the space will be used for everything from live music to lectures to comedy.

Village Underground has plans rename and open it as the Hackney Arts Centre and have been working on the project for over a year now. In the next few weeks, they will be submitting a proposal to the Hackney Council to get approval and to bring this beast back to its former glory.

Without the forward thinking of Village Underground, it might have just continued to decay and eventually, have been lost forever.


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