Korean gamers

The cinemas now hiring out their screens to gamers

Eui Jeong Lee and three of her friends sit in an otherwise empty 200-seat cinema auditorium and play a video game on the giant screen. As Ms Lee blasts her gaming opponents with her wireless controller, the sound whips loudly around the dark room from the numerous cinema speakers. “The sound quality is particularly amazing,” says the 25-year-old student. “The sound of the gunshots is just so vivid, and when something flew directly at me from the screen I even screamed.” Ms Lee and her mates had hired the screen…

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Danny Boyle and Steve McQueen

Boyle and McQueen call on government to support UK cinema chains

Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen and other leading British film-makers have called on the government to offer financial support to the UK’s big cinema chains. “These companies represent over 80 per cent of the market,” they write in a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak published in the Sunday Times. “Without them the future of the entire UK film industry would look extremely precarious.” Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan are among the other signatories. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Love, Actually director Richard Curtis, Bend It Like Beckham director…

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Pizza Express ‘cuts a deal’ to reduce rent costs by closing sites

Pizza Express is to close 73 of its UK restaurants with the potential loss of 1,100 jobs. The chain, which at the moment has 454 UK outlets, said it had cut a deal to reduce rent costs. It said although most of its restaurants have been profitable over the past three years, earnings had been declining. Pizza Express also confirmed it had hired advisers from Lazard to lead a sale process for the business. It is currently majority owned by Chinese firm Hony Capital. Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express’s managing director…

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