Diane Abbott Calls for Pinter Cinema

16 Jan 2009

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott has today called for a local cinema to be restored in the name of Nobel-prize winner and Hackney boy Harold Pinter.

Diane tabled a motion in the House of Commons in memory of the well-loved playwright, author and political activist who sadly passed away on Christmas eve. The motion also refers to a local campaign to re-open an early 19th Century cinema on Lower Clapton Rd in Hackney as a memorial to Pinter.

Speaking today Diane said:

“Harold Pinter is a brilliant example of the creativity that thrives in Hackney. The area has always been a hub for the arts and many successful artists, writers, actors and film producers and journalists now live in the area. The idea of turning the building into a cinematic centre as a memorial to Harold Pinter is fantastic. I can think of no better way to honour this Hackney boy turned literary great and I fully support the campaign.”


For information on the Clapton Cinema campaign visit: http://www.simonecj.com/page002.aspx

For more information please call Caitlin Farrow on

020 7219 4426 or email farrowc@parliament.uk  


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