Call us old-fashioned, but we used to think a hot dog, some popcorn and enough cola to make us feel ill was the pinnacle of cinema dining. But the Odeon at Whiteleys in Bayswater claims to be taking cinema food to new heights, thanks to its proximity to Le Café Anglais restaurant – whose consultant chef, Rowley Leigh, is now designing meals for the multiplex. The Odeon have installed five new 50-seater screens on an upper floor (the four traditional screens remain). Apparently, ‘at the touch of a button’, waiter-trained service will appear at your side to take food and drink orders (yes, alcohol!) at any point during the film. This, of course, opens up all sorts of possibilities for film-goers. Who will order 50 eggs to eat during ‘Cool Hand Luke’? Will it be bad manners to slurp bowls of noodles during ‘Tampopo’? ‘Chocolat’ is bound to be the movie of choice for afters, but will any waiter be tempting diners with ‘Eet is only waffer thin’ when Monty Python’s ‘Meaning of Life’ Mr Creosote is at bursting point? Guy Dimond
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