Remember I told you about Luke Johnson, the ex-Channel 4 chairman who also presided over the demise of Borders UK, warning High Street book shops are doomed? Curzon Artificial Eye, the arthouse distributor/exhibitor, is building a cinema inside Waterstone’s flagship Piccadilly store. Trade magazine The Bookseller says more Curzon/Waterstone’s bookshop cinemas are planned. The exhibition chain already runs one cinema in Wimbledon out of an HMV record store. HMV owns Waterstone’s. Ross Fitzsimons, group strategy director of Curzon Artificial Eye, says 20 more HMV joint ventures are planned over the next five years. Waterstone’s declined to comment.
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By TIM ADLER in London | Tuesday July 13, 2010 @ 6:24am PDTTags: High Street Book Stores, Luke Johnson, Luke Johnson UK Borders, Theaters, UK Bookstores, Waterstone's
By TIM ADLER in London | Wednesday June 30, 2010 @ 4:22am PDTTags: Book Publishing, High Street Book Stores, Independant Booksellers, Luke Johnson, Luke Johnson UK Borders, UK Bookstores, Waterstone's
Luke Johnson, former chairman of UK broadcaster Channel 4, who tried to rescue the ailing Borders chain, has warned High Street bookshops are finished. Johnson, who tried to turn UK Borders around before admitting defeat, says bookstores …