Screen idyll

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 12:00am

Boutique hotels are so over. Hello, boutique cinemas. The hottest ticket in town is for the Palace IFC, owned by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero producer Bill Owen and situated on the first floor of 2IFC, Central. Forget red velvet seats and drab walls; think cool beige furnishings and stone fixtures. 'We have used beige as a dominant colour to convey a relaxed mood,' says designer James Law. 'Stone as the dominant material poses an interesting contrast to the technologies implemented in the cinema.' These include an electronic seating plan inside and outside the five houses to help you find your stadium-style seats, which offer ample leg room and a full view of the screen wherever you sit. Bona fide Oscar, Bafta, Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film awards are on display (that pictured was won by Owen for Crouching Tiger). The complex includes a bookshop, cafe and bar, so no more loitering by the popcorn waiting for friends. Ticket hotline: 2388 6268.