Claridges Hotel, Brook Street entrance

Claridges offers accommodation to NHS staff

Free accommodation has been offered to London NHS workers by Claridge’s hotel to help staff unable to live at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-star hotel said it will open its doors to 40 doctors, nurses and other key staff based in London from Friday 3 April. Claridge’s said it plans to put the guests in rooms that usually start from £650 a night. It will also provide dinner and breakfast. It comes just days after the hotel, based in Mayfair, shut its doors for the first time in its 200-year history. Announcing the move, Paddy…

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AMC Star Southfield cinema

‘Iconic’ Detroit cinema closed permanently

It’s the end of an era for some metro Detroiters as the final act has come for a local cultural icon. A sign taped to the doors of the AMC Star Southfield at 12 Mile and Northwestern Highway reveals that the multiplex has permanently closed. “Theatre closed. AMC Southfield 20 has permanently closed,” the sign reads in a photo posted by The Detroit News Wednesday. Erected in 1997 for a whopping $40 million, the theater was considered one of the flagship locations of the Star Theater chain, which rebranded as AMC in…

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Mall of America theme park. Photo Wikimedia Commons

The post-pandemic future of America’s location-based entertainment

The coronavirus is likely to devastate large portions of the location-based entertainment industry. Businesses that survive should expect a less-saturated market with a changed consumer base and market size.  The impact that the COVID-19 virus is having on America’s location-based entertainment industry is devastating. If not already closed, soon every location-based entertainment center (LBE), which includes all the family entertainment centers (FECs) and theme parks, will be totally dark. Customers won’t be walking through the doors, staff will be unemployed, but rent, debt, utility and many other expenses won’t stop. …

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