Genesis Owner, Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, described our ‘Best for Snacks’ gong in TimeOut’s ‘London’s Best Cinemas’ feature as like “Christmas coming early”.
After three years of hard work renovating the place, the award praising such snacks as our Rinkoff crodoughs was the icing on the cake for Tyrone.
“We are where we’ve always wanted to be,” he added. During our extensive renovations, Tyrone strived to not make a meal of our grub offering.
“Food has always been a big focus for us, which is unusual for a cinema. I’ve always demanded the highest quality, and that’s what we deliver.”
The widely-read magazine’s award, voted by thousands of the public, praised our “gorgeous” cinema as a “treat if you want to fill your face,”
“Choose between crodoughs from nearby bakery Rinkoff’s, a wall of pick ‘n’ mix or jumbo hotdogs from World’s Wurst”.
Genesis also came 10th in a Top 25 cinemas in London ranking, beating the likes of the Empire in Leicester Square and the Barbican. “It just gets better,” Tyrone said.
Sally Lofthouse of World’s Wurst, our gourmet hot dog provider, said that “it feels fantastic for our product to receive such acclaim and affirmation, we are so grateful to Genesis for this thriving partnership.”
She went on to praise our local spirit:
“Genesis Cinema is like the living room of Whitechapel; it’s a hub for the community and we both believe passionately that a great community deserves great food,”
“We will always be loyal to Genesis as our values and ethos harmonise, quality is paramount, giving people the best rather than trying to work out what we can get from people. Thank to the hard work and positivity from Genesis, there’s no better place to enjoy a World’s Wurst hot dog.”
The 100-year-old family-owned Rinkoff Bakery across the road from us also leapt to praise our relationship. Jen Rinkoff, great grand-daughter of the original owner, said that they’re “very proud to be supporting local businesses as we have a great community here in Whitechapel.”
The bakery’s signature treat, the Crodough, a villainous cross between a croissant and a donut akin to New York’s cronut, has helped put both of us on the map.
“It’s great to see them [crodoughs] get such an acclaim especially from a wonderful East London business such as yourselves. We are a small family business that’s hidden away down an alley way, so a lot of people don’t know us. However, the crodough has helped our exposure massively.”
Tyrone was also delighted to see the Rio Cinema in Dalston scoop the ‘Best Independent Cinema’ award.
He said: “I’m glad that the winner was in our neck of the woods. It’s a fantastic place, and both of us represent a victory for East London.”
To build on this success, we’re rolling out even MORE improvements in the coming months. We’ll be ripping out the carpet in the Bar Paragon and renovating the timber floor. All 1100 of the four screen’s seats will be replaced, and we’re going to launch a new collaboration with an indie food provider early in the New Year.
So, watch this space for more news! And, thanks for your votes, folks 🙂