The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

WHAT­could be more en­ter­tain­ing than food and flicks at the Cin­ema Club run by Fir­m­dale Ho­tels? The pri­vately owned group, with seven bou­tique properties in Lon­don and one in New York, holds screen­ings (for guests and non-guests; book­ings es­sen­tial) on Satur­days at the Covent Gar­den Ho­tel and Sun­days at Char­lotte Street Ho­tel, Soho Ho­tel (pic­tured) and Man­hat­tan’s Crosby Street Ho­tel. The cinemas are small with su­per-comfy seat­ing, and as part of the £35 ($57) or $US55 ($58) pack­age (add ser­vice charge), film-go­ers dine in each ho­tel’s restau­rant (af­ter­noon tea or din­ner with a glass of pre­mium wine; Crosby Street Ho­tel also has a cock­tail and bar plates op­tion for $US35) be­fore the screen­ing. Com­ing up at Covent Gar­den Ho­tel are Satur­day-night show­ings of The Great Gatsby, Pop­u­laire, Mud, Sum­mer in Fe­bru­ary and Be­hind the Can­de­labra (star­ring Michael Dou­glas as Lib­er­ace). It’s more posh than the usual choc-top and pop­corn out­ing and, if you are smart, you’ll stay with Fir­m­dale. Its lat­est, Dorset Square Ho­tel, is a skip from Maryle­bone High Street (see T&I Loves). More: fir­m­dale­ho­tels.com.

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