The Beatles at Walthamstow Granada
One of the great things about the web is its ability to capture these sort of memories for as long as standards and servers hold up to the task:
"I was 14 years old, and with several friends from school we queued all night outside the Walthamstow Granada to buy tickets for a Beatles concert. The police kept the waiting crowd across the street until the cinema had its last show. Then they stopped all the traffic and allowed us to rush across the street to form another queue for the night.
Tickets went on sale at 7:30am Sunday morning and I left clutching a third row middle seat ticket. The concert was amazing, although we couldn't hear anything just all of us screaming. We stood on the seats and waved scarves - anything to attract a Beatle's attention."
Lesley Blavins, San Francisco
This is from a BBC News Online article "Snapshots of a Century". I believe, from what she has told me, that my mum was at that show - although she never told me about the police being there the night before!
Sadly there is no more cinema or entertainment at the venue. Once the Walthamstow Granada, it recently became the EMD Cinema, and has been sold off to a religious group to be turned into a "church". There are a few bits on the web devoted to saving the cinema - including a short history of the cinema and an article from walthamstowvillage.net, and also a news story about the sale - controversial religious group buys up cinema.
But in the end it still leaves us with the fact that Waltham Forest is the only London Borough without a cinema.