Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Booze and Pews

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Booze and Pews

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Home cinema equipment isn't only for the home; in fact, home may not be the best place for it. If you really want to see the effect of a good digital projector and a set of surround-sound speakers, put them in the back room of a pub.

An increasing number of publicans are doing so. There are at least four pub cinemas in my narrow slice of south London. They bring in regular custom on quiet nights, and can help landlords make good on the ferocious cost of their Sky Spor t s subscriptions. In the age of austerity and the £12 movie ticket , they make sense for viewers, too.

My pub-cinemagoing has been done at the Montpelier, in Choumert Road, Peckham, which is at the more serious end of the phenomenon. Its small back room is furnished with a thick door, a broadcast-studio-style 'on air' light, and padded benches that rearrange, at screening time, into pews. …

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