Su­per cinema seats they may well be but those prices are atro­cious

The Herald - - OPINION -

IT can be a dear enough busi­ness go­ing to the cinema if you have a pick and mix fiend in the party. Imag­ine the dam­age if the seats cost £40.75 each.

That’s what the Odeon Le­ices­ter Square in Lon­don is ask­ing for what it deems the best seats in the house. For this, the punter gets to re­lax on a “Luxe Re­cliner” while watch­ing the big Christ­mas film, Mary Pop­pins Re­turns.

In its de­fence, the Odeon pointed out that tick­ets start at £10 each, and the cinema was still a bar­gain com­pared to the theatre.

The cinema in­dus­try has been go­ing all out to show it is still worth see­ing films on the gen­uinely big screen. It seems to have hit on some­thing. At the Cineworld op­po­site The Her­ald’s of­fices, the VIP pack­age at £29 each, which in­cludes hot food and snacks, is pop­u­lar. The lounge, perched at the top of the build­ing, also has one of the best views in the city.

But £40 to see Mary Pop­pins? For that money I would want some­one on grape peel­ing duty, an­other dis­pens­ing foot rubs, and a lift home af­ter. In a sedan chair.

„ Emily Blunt in Mary Pop­pins Re­turns, out De­cem­ber 21

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