Food at Odeon Luxe and Dine in Islington. You can request extra food via an app mid-movie

Luxury dining cinemas abound in London

There’s something indulgent about having your dinner served in front of a film. At least, that’s how it feels as a smart, suited waitress brings sumptuous Wagyu beef and a glass of bubbles to my seat at Odeon’s new dine-in cinema in Islington Square. The truth is I was a little apprehensive about the prospect of supper served mid-screening especially when it’s a tear-jerker like Little Women. Memories of mistimed munching and mid-film Slush Puppy spills have left me wary of taking popcorn to my seat, let alone anything that requires…

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UK catering industry report finds sustainability key to future prosperity

Some 83% of consumers expect hospitality brands to engage on some aspects of sustainability. Consumers are demanding  more engagement on sustainability from hospitality operators, according to CGA and UKHospitality’s latest Future Shock report. The new report includes data from a major survey of environmental and ethical issues across restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels. It found that 83.1% of people now expect hospitality brands to “engage on at least some aspects of sustainability”. The leading consumer concern was the  ethical sourcing of food and drink, with 64.6% of respondents now expecting to see this…

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Subcontinental multiplex operators’ luxury gamble may not pay off

Even as OTT platforms wage a war on traditional media consumption, multiplexes have largely remained unaffected, according to reports. In the September quarter of FY 2020, two of India’s top multiplexes, PVR Cinemas and INOX Leisure, reported footfalls of 2.93 crore and 1.90 crore, respectively — a 40% year-on-year growth in footfalls — according to a report by Emkay Research. To leverage the growing footfalls, multiplexes are adding luxury and premium offerings to garner additional revenue. Ajay Shah, partner, EY, says while the regular screen formats bring in volumes for these…

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