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Intermissions - 25/7/2008 10:52:08 PM   
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I thought they were long gone but they had one today in my local cinema during 'The Dark Knight' which was an utter joke as a) it's not that long and b) they blatently turned up the heat and lined up staff along the front of the screen selling ice creams, they were about 12 of them, I didn't even know the tiny cinema employed 12 people!

So what do you think about the Intermission? I personally can do without them, they interrupted Batman at a vital point today and being a film buff I don't want stop-start-stop-start. I can do that at home with a DVD.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 12:02:20 AM   
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Only time there's been an intermission whilst I was at the cinema was Grindhouse. But no one showed up trying to sell ice cream!



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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 12:52:18 PM   
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I watched Saving Private Ryan in Holland and they had an intermission where they served tea and beer to your seat.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 1:27:53 PM   
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I watched Saving Private Ryan in Holland and they had an intermission where they served tea and beer to your seat.


Did your seat share it with you? (sorry, piss poor joke...)

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 1:37:59 PM   
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If that intermission wasn't advertised I'd ask for my money back.  The Dark Knight is not supposed to have an intermission and by doing this they have interferred with your theatrical viewing of the film. 

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 2:13:57 PM   
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Not had an intermission since I was a kid! But, yeah, I'm up for it. Just to go for a slash more than anything.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 2:35:35 PM   
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Here they always use intermissions, even for Cloverfield, I like it honestly, it means that during the intermission I can go and piss and nopt fear that I am losing a vital part of the film. The problem with them is thatthey can completely ruin the tension at times, or destroy the emotion in the film, on the bright side, they can make me grow interest in the second half of the film.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 3:08:06 PM   
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Thinking about it, particularly with longer films, having an intermission might be preferable to having those people who need the bog  getting up and walking about during the film.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 6:30:39 PM   
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They can brake th tension, ut just timing it cleverly can reduce the damage. The piss benefit is just too high - more intermissions!

If the cinema turned the heat up though just to make me desperate for ice cream I would never, ever go again and write a letter to the local paper slagging them off.

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RE: Intermissions - 26/7/2008 6:40:41 PM   
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If a film is over 3 hours I suppose it's ok but for LOTR I just found myself staying in my seat for ten minutes waiting to get back into the film, so for me its a complete waste of time.  Same with Titanic.  Go to the toilet before the film starts and don't stuff your face - seriously, why do people gulp down two pepsis and then leave to go to the bathroom at the most pivotal point in the movie?  It's not rocket science.

You had an intermission during Cloverfield?  That film's 90 mins long!  Sounds like they're just trying to rip you off there buddy.

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 1:34:48 PM   
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I think all cinemas should have ad breaks just like ITV. 4 ad breaks per movie would be sufficent.

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 2:07:49 PM   
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If a film is over 3 hours I suppose it's ok but for LOTR I just found myself staying in my seat for ten minutes waiting to get back into the film, so for me its a complete waste of time.  Same with Titanic.  Go to the toilet before the film starts and don't stuff your face - seriously, why do people gulp down two pepsis and then leave to go to the bathroom at the most pivotal point in the movie?  It's not rocket science.

You had an intermission during Cloverfield?  That film's 90 mins long!  Sounds like they're just trying to rip you off there buddy.


Cloverfield aint even 90 minutes long more like 75, thats a fucking joke having an intermission for it


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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 4:22:19 PM   
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In my cinema they have started having the ice-cream sellers coming out just before the film. It only seems to happen with a big film such as Indy 4. You watch the trailers then they bring the sweeties which is OK but surely most people buy these before the film. If they started putting them into the middle of the film then I'd be peed off.



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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 4:50:24 PM   
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quote:

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ORIGINAL: Caster

If a film is over 3 hours I suppose it's ok but for LOTR I just found myself staying in my seat for ten minutes waiting to get back into the film, so for me its a complete waste of time.  Same with Titanic.  Go to the toilet before the film starts and don't stuff your face - seriously, why do people gulp down two pepsis and then leave to go to the bathroom at the most pivotal point in the movie?  It's not rocket science.

You had an intermission during Cloverfield?  That film's 90 mins long!  Sounds like they're just trying to rip you off there buddy.


Cloverfield aint even 90 minutes long more like 75, thats a fucking joke having an intermission for it



They always do it, ever since I was a little one, can't remember a film without intermission in the cinema. Yes, in Cloverfield it was a joke and I see no reason. Strangely though, goin to the cinema and not watching an intermission makes the film real awkward for me.


The worse intermissions were in The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, it came in the moment where Jesse starts beating the kid, a great scene ruined. Another bad one was in Cloverfield, not put in a bad place but the second part was just 25 minutes long.

On the bright side, there was a really good one in Indy 4, exactly before Indy and co. meet John Hurt for the first time in the Amazonian jungle.

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 5:05:08 PM   
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I'dhate that, ruins the flow of the movie, and i'm on the dont stuff your face side, why people feel the need to devour a few pounds of popcorn and drink more coke than you normally would in a week during a 2hr movie is beyond me

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 5:10:28 PM   
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I haven't heard of intermissions since I was young at the local fleapit I understand they were due to them using a 1930's projector and having to stop whenever the reel needed to be changed.  I didn't realise theyu still existed other than in some specialist cinemas.

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 5:21:29 PM   
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I'dhate that, ruins the flow of the movie, and i'm on the dont stuff your face side, why people feel the need to devour a few pounds of popcorn and drink more coke than you normally would in a week during a 2hr movie is beyond me


Usually I buy food in the intermission, an old habit of mine to be honest. Never before the film start. Otherwise I will propably end up goin to the toilet in the middle of the film.

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RE: Intermissions - 27/7/2008 5:28:18 PM   
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I think every seat should be fitted with a "pause" button.

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 2:33:39 AM   
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I think Im too young to remember times of intermisions at the cinema.

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 6:32:35 AM   
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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 12:47:29 PM   
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I hate intermissions, completely ruins the flow of the film, and i also hate people who get up to go to the toilet half an hour in....
GO BEFORE!!!!
Doesnt matter how long the film I always hate intermissions, I'd prefer to have an unterrupted 3 hours.

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 12:51:22 PM   
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Yet another reason why DVDs are so popular - cinemas are just trying to rip us off with sales of already expensive popcorn and drinks.  Has nobody told ODEON that there's a credit crunch?

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 12:51:24 PM   
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I experienced this about a year ago seeing Transformers (a week early) in Cairo Egypt. They still do them there.

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 12:59:48 PM   
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Me and the missus frequent a local, indepent olde worlde flea pit.  The screen is probably smaller than some of the really big new plasma TVs.  There is an intermission (sometimes after all the adverts, before the film starts) with a lady selling ice cream.  The intermission is half way through 2hr+ films.  You can take cups of tea in, they have sofa sized seats for cuddling up with the missus, and you can get two tickets, drinks and popcorn and still have change from a tenner.

The best bit is they play the national anthem before the film starts, watching various confused people in various degrees of standing up.


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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 2:56:28 PM   
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Yet another reason why DVDs are so popular - cinemas are just trying to rip us off with sales of already expensive popcorn and drinks.  Has nobody told ODEON that there's a credit crunch?


They would probably think it was a new flavour of ice cream.

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 3:06:41 PM   
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Only time there's been an intermission whilst I was at the cinema was Grindhouse. But no one showed up trying to sell ice cream!




Do you mean a real intermission, or the one that is part of the film?

Last time I was at the cinema and they had an intermission was the local town cinema when I went to watch Titanic 11 years ago.


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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 3:20:27 PM   
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Me and the missus frequent a local, indepent olde worlde flea pit.  The screen is probably smaller than some of the really big new plasma TVs.  There is an intermission (sometimes after all the adverts, before the film starts) with a lady selling ice cream.  The intermission is half way through 2hr+ films.  You can take cups of tea in, they have sofa sized seats for cuddling up with the missus, and you can get two tickets, drinks and popcorn and still have change from a tenner.

The best bit is they play the national anthem before the film starts, watching various confused people in various degrees of standing up.



That's brilliant if true

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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 4:06:26 PM   
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The best bit is they play the national anthem before the film starts, watching various confused people in various degrees of standing up.

That's brilliant if true

Oh it is.  Here's the website: http://www.palacecinema.supanet.com/

You can't see from the website, but they have big 50 yr old pictures of the Queen and Prince Phillip on easels in the foyer.


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RE: Intermissions - 28/7/2008 4:19:42 PM   
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My local leisure centre show a limited amount of films after they have finished on general release and they always put in an Intermission - and it's generally a good thing. 15 minutes to stretch your legs/go to the toilet/get an ice cream is great, and if intelligently placed it doesn'r ruin the flow of the film.
A little off topic - They also still have the Pearl and Dean music at the start!

I saw all 3 LOTR's at different independant cinemas and the intermissions in them were lifesavers!

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RE: Intermissions - 29/7/2008 7:54:02 AM   
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The cinema that I used to go to when I was a kid used to have people come out half way through and sell stuff, while the film was still playing.  The only intermissions I have seen were for Braveheart and The Return of the King; which was a joke because they stopped it at a daft time, mid sentence and then started it about five minutes after the intermission point.  So it is safe to say I think intermissions suck at the cinema.

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