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How a £40 cinema ticket reveals everything wrong with today’s entertainment industry

Caught between rising property prices and the popularity of online streaming services, cinemas are flogging a luxury "experience"

By Caspar Salmon  

The refurbished Odeon in central London is selling tickets that cost up to £40. Photo: PA

Disbelief and consternation greeted the revelation this week that the newly refurbished Leicester Square Odeon will be charging as much as £40.75 for a ticket. That’s: forty pounds and seventy-five pence, to go to a cinema, to watch a standard film, with adverts and trailers. A film that might turn out to be bad. Forty quid. 

Before we attend to the folly of laying out forty large ones to go the flicks—and to…

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