Stoke Newington’s old Savoy Cinema, due to open next month following a major refurbishment, has just had its new name announced.

When the revamped venue launches in September, it will be known as Evolutionary Arts Hackney, or simply ‘EartH’.

The venue on Stoke Newington Road ceased operating as a cinema in 1984. But in 2017, the creative hub Village Underground bought the venue with the view to transform it into the new Hackney Arts Centre.

But the name has now been changed to Evolutionary Arts Hackney.

The renovation project has been spearheaded by Auro Foxcroft, Director and Founder of Village Underground.

Once the venue opens, it will host live talks and debates, live music acts, comedy and film screenings, and there will be two performance spaces and a restaurant/bar.

As a new live music venue, the team behind EartH are collaborating with Community Music, an East London-based youth and community music charity to help young people enter the music industry.

Of the venture, Auro Foxcroft, said: “We want to fill the place with the kind of performances that make you think twice and hopefully leave with that feeling of inspiration, possibility and change.”

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