The top prices for Mary Poppins Returns at Odeon Leicester Square have left many wondering whether the luxury cinema movement has gone too far Rising cinema prices are not a new matter of concern – least of all in London’s West End, where paying the equivalent of a mid-budget restaurant meal to see the disposable blockbuster of the week (add popcorn at your peril) has been standard for years. But the venerable Odeon Leicester Square, back in action after an extensive and expensive refurbishment – which, crucially, shrank the number of seats in its main auditorium – has taken bold new steps in testing cinemagoers’ moth-like attraction to the city lights. Twitter erupted on Monday as a slew of comments pointed out that a single ticket to the swanky cinema’s top festive draw, Mary Poppins Returns, could set you back as much as £40.75. With a fair wind and a favourable Ryanair deal, you could pay less to pop over to Barcelona and see the film there. Advance critical word for Mary Poppins Returns suggests it is a splendid family jaunt – but are you excited enough to splash out £200 on taking the kids to see it?
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