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What are your requirements for a positive experience at... - 30/10/2012 3:08:51 PM   
OhGoodForYou


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We've all heard the endless rantings of the current state of many Cinemas today (Rant away here if you wish) but what I don't often hear, is people's requirements for a positive experience.

We all know that mobile phone use is irritating... and that with the increase of portable tech, it's only bound to get worse.
We all know that ticket prices seem to be getting out of control... and that at some point it's just going to be unaffordable.
We all know concessions are a ripoff... and that supposedly, Cinemas have legitimate reasons for charging that much.
Etc.
Etc.
Etc.

What I'm hoping to find out is:

What is a fair price?
Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already)
Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood?
Is seating a problem for you?
Is disability access (or lack of) a problem?
Should texters be shot on site?
Etc.

What are your requirements?

I'm currently doing a write up on this, so it would be interesting (as well as helpful) to get many of your thoughts on this.

Cheers...

< Message edited by OhGoodForYou -- 30/10/2012 3:14:42 PM >


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 30/10/2012 3:21:02 PM   
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first off! my requirement is a good movie! but i guess the cinema cant guarantee that!

What is a fair price? price is my biggest put off! especially if taking the family!. 5 is a fair price 3 for kids and I shouldn't be charged extra for 3D and then the glasses! I remember when cinema was 1.10!! :)
Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already) No , not really, . I take my own snacks/drinks in and its not actually an issue for me. However, they should stop selling fuckin Nanchos and other crunchy, smelly shit! they should just sell popcorn, sweets, drinks at prices that dont make your arsehole loose
Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood? Trailers fine, but a couple and no adverts would be great but I can live with it
Is seating a problem for you? Most cinemas have great seating now ,although if I can get somewhere between middle and rear then I would walk out ( i get there in time to get seat I want so never happened yet)
Is disability access (or lack of) a problem? not for me personally! I've never seen a wheelchair bound disabled person in a cinema! is that weird?
Should texters be shot on site? Yes if they are doing it during the main movie, its talkers that should be shot

Id like better pricing, my biggest beef at the moment is cinemas selling Nanchos!!! I mean WTF!!! can you think of a worse snack to sell!!? maybe next time im in a long movie ill order some BBQ ribs from local delivered to my seat!!

P.S. I thought Prometheus was shit too, second worst movie this year.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 30/10/2012 6:09:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: OhGoodForYou


What is a fair price?

I think a fair price is around 5-6 though I realise some chains charge up to 7 if not more (for standard 2D viewings).

Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already)

I can tolerate a cheese and ham sandwich in a sandwich bag. Doesnt smell and there should be minimal noise, but where do you draw the line? Soon enough some muppet will bring in a subway and while I occasionally indulge in the sloppiest sarnies around they do stink out the cinema, so where do you draw the line (though it isnt an issue with tacos)?. Plus you may get more spillages, ruined seats etc... Cinemas controlling food I think is fair, though their choice and price is often very poor (expensive hot dogs which taste like shit are one example). Though I suppose they can charge what they want...i guess thats how many chains can charge higher prices at theme parks (im looking at you, Burger King!)

Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood?

I dont mind the early ads for businesses and recruitment stuff while the cinema fills. I could do without the TV adverts. The anti piracy stuff I suppose is a good idea- while everyone pays to see the film it does remind people that recording is illegal, so if there are twats in the cinema doing this then it may help reporting. Having said that ive had experiences in a cinema with a group smoking a joint and noone besides myself went to do anything about it, and surprisingly nothing was done about it. While adverts dont really bother me, for longer films they do. Finding time to organise going to the cinema may be hard enough- you have to travel, queue with enough time to find eats, then watch the film. Long ads really take the piss, especially when you have to travel back or the car park charges are building.

Is seating a problem for you?

Not if I get there on time which i usually can (but mates do not grasp this bastard concept)! I used to like the back row (no for discreet naughty times you buggers) but after sitting slap in the middle of the cinema ive not looked back. I hate sitting at the sides but as I said I get there early. Plus at the local Vue cinema, (in addition to prices going up and queuing at the sweets stall) seats are allocated and you can choose which part of the cinema to sit. ALSO, these buggers have cottoned on to the middle seating preference, and refurbished with pleather "VIP" seats, of course at a more expensive price- so getting there early is really emphasised.

The front rows....did it once out of having no choice (very front right hand corner) through Casino Royale, never again. To be fair I didnt expect the turnout. We went on Boxing Day and were hugely surprised how packed the place was.

Is disability access (or lack of) a problem?

Not for me, and I have seen a disabled person in a wheelchair cope fine transferring in and out of seats (with the help of their partner). Doesnt seem to be any problems

Should texters be shot on site? Etc.

Get these motherfuckers out. I could understand an emergency call perhaps, which would require someone to check their phone if it vibrates, but looking every damn fucking minute, what the fucking fuck. Same with constantly knocking the back of my seat or sitting on the row and shaking their legs like a quivering dog after an earthquake. Stop that shit.

What are your requirements?

A reasonably clean seat and floor. A behaved audience. I would say quiet audience, but I saw Thor in Ghana and the crowd were really participating in the action. The part where Thor regains his hammer, suits up and whoops ass had everyone clapping and cheering and honestly, while it was new, it was a fun experience.

Things like aspect ratio and sound are a given, so I wont comment on those.

I'm currently doing a write up on this, so it would be interesting (as well as helpful) to get many of your thoughts on this.

Cheers...



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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 30/10/2012 6:18:51 PM   
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No talking
No chavs
No children
No idiots
No ridiculous food like salt & vinegar crisps
No one sitting next to me
No phones
No public display of affections
No *:(&% adverts
No trailers for unrelated and/or shit films


Job done.


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 30/10/2012 6:25:42 PM   
kumar


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quote:

ORIGINAL: vad3r

No talking
No chavs
No children
No idiots
No ridiculous food like salt & vinegar crisps
No one sitting next to me
No phones
No public display of affections
No *:(&% adverts
No trailers for unrelated and/or shit films


Job done.





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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 30/10/2012 6:28:22 PM   
vad3r


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quote:

ORIGINAL: kumar


quote:

ORIGINAL: vad3r

No talking
No chavs
No children
No idiots
No ridiculous food like salt & vinegar crisps
No one sitting next to me
No phones
No public display of affections
No *:(&% adverts
No trailers for unrelated and/or shit films


Job done.





You need to get a setup up in a cellar if you have one, then you are sorted



Too many lifeless bodies crammed in there.


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 1:57:56 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: vad3r


quote:

ORIGINAL: kumar


quote:

ORIGINAL: vad3r

No talking
No chavs
No children
No idiots
No ridiculous food like salt & vinegar crisps
No one sitting next to me
No phones
No public display of affections
No *:(&% adverts
No trailers for unrelated and/or shit films


Job done.





You need to get a setup up in a cellar if you have one, then you are sorted



Too many lifeless bodies crammed in there.



Not too different to a cinema then.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 2:27:16 AM   
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A non-sticky carpeted floor.
A mono-chrome seat cover, preferrably red, of a fabric that does not call to mind canvas sacking.
Minimal plastic.
No hint of a smell from a steel frame that brings to mind a storage warehouse.
Queueing lanes delineated by metal bollards and cords of rope, not tubes of plastic and seat-belts.
Toilets that don't smell of toilet.
Wee tubs of ice-cream like in theatres that don't cost the same as vat of ice-cream in the civilized world.
Popcorn in cuboid tubs.
Tickets no more than a fiver.
Provision of legroom that recognizes the fact that people are considerably taller than the medieval period - we made doors higher, surely this is not beyond humankind.
The presence of timber - not reformed woodchip awfulness. Timber. With grains.

A Cinema should say "this is a space created with care. This is more than space created at minimum cost in which the consumers' brains will be conditioned to continue consuming while they wait to exist through the treat that they have vastly overpaid for." The cinema should say this through an atmosphere created through structure and content.

Hopeless.


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 1:34:34 PM   
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What is a fair price?


For an adult, I would say 6. With it costing closer to 10 nowaday and the fact that I normally go with my wife (on the rare occasions we do go now), I find it harder and harder to justify going the cinema to see a film rather than just buying it blind on DVD and watching it at home. Even buying it full price on release and not enjoying it is cheaper than a trip to the cinema.

Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already)

I think they should - especially when they charge extortionate prices for their own shit food. I can understand the point about how messy/smelly certain foods could be but it's hard to identify the breaking point really. You'd hope most people have the jist by now over what constitutes suitable cinema food - ie. not turning up with a curryhouse takeaway...

Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood?

It's probably hard to moan about the amount of adverts as to reduce them would probably be a justification to increase ticket prices even more! Personally i think it's easy enough just to go in a few minutes later and miss them on purpose, or just entertain yourself with smartphone or something and ignore them.

Is seating a problem for you?

I've only really been to VUE cinemas for the past 6 years or so, but find the seating fine, much better than cinemas I went to previously. Leg room seems better nowadways and the way the seating is tiered means that lanky people blocking my view seem to be a thing of the past.

Is disability access (or lack of) a problem?

I wouldn't know really as I'm not disabled. However....I have noticed in the VUE cinemas, the aforementioned tiered seating means more steps in the theatres, so I can imagine that's not ideal if you don't like sitting in the front few rows (who does??).

Should texters be shot on site?

I think as long as they're not making any noise and everything is on silent, it doesn't bother me. More fool them if they pay 8 or 9 quid to watch a film only to piss around with their phones when it's on!

What does bother me more is kids behaving the same way they would if they were in a park or something - nattering away, sniggering amongst themselves, constantly getting up and down to sit next to different people, contantly wandering in and out of the theatre etc.

Overall, I don't think I'm the most OCD/perninicky person when it comes to a trip to the cinema. As long as people are quiet when they should be, behave like adults and I don't feel like my pants have been pulled down over the ticket price, I'm happy!



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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 2:10:16 PM   
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Get rid of D-Box seats, other than that, I'm perfectly happy as it is to be honest.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 4:15:09 PM   
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I'm quite lucky over here in NI. Cinema prices aren't that bad, and there's at least one night a week where a cinema has a deal on (3 a ticket usually). Currently getting free tickets now as part of a reviewing gig, so shouldn't really complain about price that much.

Texters weren't so bad before smart phones became prevalent. Now though all you can see if a massive bright light illuminating a good bit of the cinema every time someone whips out their phone.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 31/10/2012 9:22:55 PM   
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Complete and utter silence. And no smelly people.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 1/11/2012 1:12:08 PM   
great_badir


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quote:

ORIGINAL: vad3r
No one sitting next to me


You'll never lose your virginity with that attitude...

On the food thing, interestingly most of the cinemas up in Glasgow (even the big Cineworld) don't seem at all bothered about people taking in their own food and drink (within reason - obvsiously Cineworld won't tolerate booze, whilst most of the indie cinemas up there welcome it) although, as my mate who lives there explained to me, that's probably more of a "an average Weegie wouldn't stand for not being allowed to take in their own food and drink" as opposed to any specific policy on Cineworld's part.

Anyway...

Price - 5 as an average, and I think they should make "bargain whatever-day-of-the-week" a proper bargain and not just 1 cheaper.
Food and drink - on the fence. If it's sensible food and drink, then yes they should allow it. But if everything's gonna be in noisy plastic wrappers, no. Very tough one to police.
Ads too long/too many of them - yes. You're talking an average of 20-30 minutes worth of adverts accompanying big new releases these days (I can't remember what film it was, but I remember not so long ago sitting through 40 [FORTY] minutes of ads, not including trailers or cinema sponsor things, but normal ads). Further, I don't believe the defence that ads help keep the cost of tickets down.
Seating - it should all be stadium style seating. They should also get rid of the centre portion of all screens being for VIP tickets only and move those back to the very back row, like they used to be.
Disabled access - I don't think it's a problem, as clearly every single screen in every single cinema worth its salt is accessible by wheelchair. What is a problem is most cinemas only giving space at the very front and to the side, when I bet a good portion of disabled patrons would give their arm or leg (no pun intended) to sit in the middle (as would most of us fully able bodied folk who don't want to fork out for VI-fucking-P seats). But then it starts to get logistically difficult to address that properly, so I'm probably requesting a reform whilst at the same time realising that it's next to impossible.
Texters - EVERYONE who continues to use, or leaves on, their phone/gadget after the adverts should be executed on the spot, unless they genuinely believed they switched everything off and got hugely ebarrassed when their phone rang at a crucial plot point. The embarrassment will be punishment enough in those situations. I would say everyone should hand in all non essential devices to cinema staff before going into a screen, but I'd prefer to rely on peoples' sensibilities.

After that, my own personal requirements are reasonable and, to be fair, most of the chain cinemas (in my experience) now seem to meet them - fairly comfy seats with decent leg room, decent sound and projection, sensible light levels (not so dark that your eyes hurt when you walk out into the daylight, but not so light you can make out the minor facial features of the person sat just in front of you), and decent policing for twats (i.e. if I complain about a bunch of teenagers assing around and throwing popcorn, I expect them to be ejected following a complaint).

My remaining "requirements" are more personal preferences that relies on parties whom the cinema has no control over and that can never be guaranteed - respectful audiences, quiet and patient kids, that kind of thing.


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 1/11/2012 1:27:49 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: great_badir

Texters - EVERYONE who continues to use, or leaves on, their phone/gadget after the adverts should be executed on the spot, unless they genuinely believed they switched everything off and got hugely ebarrassed when their phone rang at a crucial plot point. The embarrassment will be punishment enough in those situations. I would say everyone should hand in all non essential devices to cinema staff before going into a screen, but I'd prefer to rely on peoples' sensibilities.


I'm with you on that one!! We coped in the cinema before mobile phones, don't see why they can't now. In fact, the piss take Orange ad where they have to give up their phones before going in, I'm all for that!

Fair price? - Probably around 6. Not too much of an issue as I have a Cineworld Unlimited card but now and again I'll go tot he Vue Xtreme for big films that deserve to be seen on a massive screen and I pay around 13.

Own food? - I do but I am always mindful of the food I bring. Mainly sandwiches if a lunchtime showing and always in noiseless clingfilm and grapes. Maybe we should walk through a smell-o-meter and if it's over a certain level (like stinky nachos and cheese) you're not allowed in!

Adverts too long? - Can be a pain but I live with it. Trying to miss them is okay if it is allocated seating but if it's free for all I like to get there at a decent time to choose a decent seat

Seating a problem? - Depends where I go. My local cineworld isn't that tiered so can end up with a restricted view. Another reason why I prefer Vue, you'd have to be 7ft tall to give someone a restricted view.

Disabled Access? - Not a problem for me but agree with other comments about placement of disabled seats in some cinemas. Was at the Vue Xtreme last weekend and it's really steep in there. Cinema was full so this family had obviously taken the only seats left and the very old man took about half hour to get to his seat. Had to stop every other step for a breath. Moving stairs in that instance??

Texters? - see above!

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 1/11/2012 3:08:30 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Hobbitonlass


quote:

ORIGINAL: great_badir

Texters - EVERYONE who continues to use, or leaves on, their phone/gadget after the adverts should be executed on the spot, unless they genuinely believed they switched everything off and got hugely ebarrassed when their phone rang at a crucial plot point. The embarrassment will be punishment enough in those situations. I would say everyone should hand in all non essential devices to cinema staff before going into a screen, but I'd prefer to rely on peoples' sensibilities.


I'm with you on that one!! We coped in the cinema before mobile phones, don't see why they can't now. In fact, the piss take Orange ad where they have to give up their phones before going in, I'm all for that!


Anyone who can't go a couple of hours without checking their phone, thus waving a bright light in the peripheral vision of others in a darkened room, can fuck right off. They should be executed on the spot and their corpses strung up by the entrance to the cinema as an example to others.

If you think there's a risk of receiving a call or text that you absolutely, positively have to pick up, then don't go to the cinema. If not, put your phone on silent or turn it off - not on vibrate - and forget about it until you're on your way out of the auditorium.

It's not rocket science, its basic social conduct.

So, that's my main requirement in a cinema: civilised, considerate, non-moronic patrons who can go cold turkey from their phones for the duration of a film. I'm off to watch Skyfall as my first trip to the new(ish) Cineworld in Leigh near Wigan on Sunday and I don't hold out much hope for that requirement being fulfilled.

Other requirements:

- Ticket prices being around the 5 - 7 mark. It'll be a cold day in hell when I pay 10 or more for a ticket that isn't IMAX or Gold Class / Gallery (luxury seats, free popcorn / drinks).
- Ushers patrolling the screens. There should be a member of staff in every screening - they don't have to stay there, but they should pop in every 10 minutes or so to boot out dickheads who don't adhere to rule #1.
- Allocated seating in all screenings, but especially peak ones - I was able to dodge a bullet for The Woman in Black at the local Empire because they could tell me before I paid that the only seats were at the front. After LOTR: RotK and Die Another Day, I have no desire to sit in the front section again, let alone front row!
- I can take or leave the food issue to be honest - sometimes, if I'm feeling flush I'll make an impulse purchase of popcorn or a bag of sweets. Never nachos or crisps (see rule #1). I usually take (smuggle) sweets in or go without snacking. I'm partial to a bucket of Pepsi Max though, although I'd reconsider if the prices increase from the 3.50ish that a large cup costs now. Then it's a bottle of water from my own fridge.
- I'd prefer it if the adverts weren't just the same as on TV (even if extended) or pretentious ads for continental beers and fragrances. And if there must be half an hour of promotions from the advertised show time to the opening credits, 50% or more should ideally be trailers for actual films. And Ben Drew shouldn't feature in any of them.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 13/11/2012 7:16:18 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Super Hans


Should texters be shot on site?

I think as long as they're not making any noise and everything is on silent, it doesn't bother me. More fool them if they pay 8 or 9 quid to watch a film only to piss around with their phones when it's on!




I dissagree, there is nothing worse than someone texting and you can see the screen lit up out of the corner of your eye.

for me the best thing they could do is lock the doors once the trailers start. i hate it when you've got a good seat, a bit of space round you and then you have that tense wait (sometimes even after the movie has started) where some dick wanders in late and you have that will they wont they sit near us moment and proceed to eat their nachos whilst explaining to their socially inept partner the plot of the film.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 13/11/2012 7:18:56 AM   
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ORIGINAL: great_badir

Texters -They should be executed on the spot and their corpses strung up by the entrance to the cinema as an example to others.


gets my vote!

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 13/11/2012 9:33:06 PM   
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More leg space and no one else in the cinema except my Mrs and I

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 15/11/2012 12:50:53 PM   
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Advert overload is a big detractor at the moment, mainly that sponsor segment that they always jam in after the trailers which you don't have a chance to skip. Orange have thankfully gone quiet for a bit. But now its that Kevin Bacon 4G thing, which everybody is going to have to sit though about 30 times in the next few months.

I propose reverting to the tradition of getting all the ads and PSA's out of the way nice and early, then trailers only, then the film - It lets you get into the right headspace and its much more enjoyable for everyone.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 15/11/2012 10:13:20 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: mclane1


quote:

ORIGINAL: Super Hans


Should texters be shot on site?

I think as long as they're not making any noise and everything is on silent, it doesn't bother me. More fool them if they pay 8 or 9 quid to watch a film only to piss around with their phones when it's on!




I dissagree, there is nothing worse than someone texting and you can see the screen lit up out of the corner of your eye.

for me the best thing they could do is lock the doors once the trailers start. i hate it when you've got a good seat, a bit of space round you and then you have that tense wait (sometimes even after the movie has started) where some dick wanders in late and you have that will they wont they sit near us moment and proceed to eat their nachos whilst explaining to their socially inept partner the plot of the film.


To be honest, if I'm engrossed enough in the film I don't even notice, even when it's a film where I fully expect to be annoyed by it - for example, The Hunger Games.

It's more noise and audible pissing about that distracts me!

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 15/11/2012 10:42:34 PM   
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Should texters be shot on site?



Nah. Better to move them off-site before liquidating them.


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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 16/11/2012 1:01:35 AM   
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What is a fair price? I don't know. Whatever the price is, it is always going to seem too much. A fiver seems decent, but then I'm used to paying 8+. I'm surprised more cinemas don't impliment an Unlimited card type system to be honest.

Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already)? I do it all the time, but cinemas obviously shouldn't actively promote it, as almost all their income comes from the food they sell.

Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood? The adverts are basically paying for the cinema to be there, so they can be as long as whatever, and about whatever. At the end of the day, we see enough adverts during the day, a few more before the movie doesn't hurt and "oh they go on too long" is a bit sulky.

Is seating a problem for you? Erm, no?

Is disability access (or lack of) a problem? Not for me.

Should texters be shot on site? No. Would make too much noise. But seriously - No. As long as your being discreet its fine. And the same goes for talking. And eating. I like the room to have atmosphere, it is not a church.




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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 17/11/2012 12:52:32 PM   
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1/ The cinema kit is set up right. All too often the screen is damaged or dirty resulting in a distraction. Paying over the odds to watch something on a crappy screen is not on.

2/ Comfy seats - sitting for longer than 2 hours requires comfort.

3/ Fewer adverts - thirty to forty minutes of adverts is taking the mick, especially when the film is 2 1/2 hours plus. Then the adverts go on and on about piracy. I've paid more than I would to watch the film at home and then I get a lecture about scalping the cinema industry.

4/ I don't eat or drink at cinemas, that's what the pub is for before or after.

5/ Cheaper tickets - I'd go to the cinema more often if the seats were cheaper. As it is, I get my must sees and anything else is demoted to TV/DVD/rentals. I used to go once a week. Now, it's more like once a month.




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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 1:01:49 PM   
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A dark, quiet room where the audience is there to watch a film and not to natter or check their phones. It's not a social gathering, so once the final trailer has played, everyone must shut up. If you're incapable of doing that you have to get out.

A properly projected image and good sound. I remember when I saw Immortals the sound was so freakin' loud it literally hurt my ears.

I don't mind certain food and drink (on occasion I do treat myself to a small popcorn), just so long as all rustling/slurping/can opening is kept to a minimum.

Yes, the adverts are far too long these days, but I don't see that changing any time soon.

No arrivals after ten minutes into the film. Not only because it's distracting for the audience, but what's the point in watching a film where you've missed the set-up and probably a lot of exposition? You're paying for a full movie, just go to a later screening.

A decent temperature in the room. Unless you're in a packed screen for a blockbuster where it's usually stifling, I often find they overdo it with the air conditioning.

A good film!

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 1:23:03 PM   
Whistler


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rhubarb



What is a fair price? I don't know. Whatever the price is, it is always going to seem too much. A fiver seems decent, but then I'm used to paying 8+. I'm surprised more cinemas don't impliment an Unlimited card type system to be honest.

Should Cinemas allow us to bring our own food? (As if we don't already)? I do it all the time, but cinemas obviously shouldn't actively promote it, as almost all their income comes from the food they sell.

Are advertisements too long... and should they only be movie-related to keep within the mood? The adverts are basically paying for the cinema to be there, so they can be as long as whatever, and about whatever. At the end of the day, we see enough adverts during the day, a few more before the movie doesn't hurt and "oh they go on too long" is a bit sulky.

Is seating a problem for you? Erm, no?

Is disability access (or lack of) a problem? Not for me.

Should texters be shot on site? No. Would make too much noise. But seriously - No. As long as your being discreet its fine. And the same goes for talking. And eating. I like the room to have atmosphere, it is not a church.



I like a room to have this atmosphere too - when I'm at a party. That's not what the cinema's for. It has a different but altogether wonderful atmosphere. It's a place for collective, silent appreciation of what's on screen, a place to get lost in a story, a place for catharsis. It is not a place for social gathering. I'd rather the screen was like church than have some obnoxious douchebag munch, talk and text their way through something I've paid to enjoy.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 9:30:24 PM   
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I'm pretty tolerant of most of the things that have been mentioned. Most of all I'd just quite like to go to a cinema and have a choice of films I actually want to see. I'd love to go to my local cinema and see Amour, Rust and Bone, Ruby Sparks or Beasts of the Southern Wild. Unfortunately Twilight and Bond are on every screen. Going to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do, I just can't afford to keep getting trains into london to see these films.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 10:50:19 PM   
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Go to the toilet before going in.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop if you're going to guzzle the whole thing down before the trailers even start.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop full stop.

If you do, and if you do need the loo, sit on the fucking end by the aisle rather than making me get up every 20 minutes to let you past.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 10:52:31 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hood_Man

Go to the toilet before going in.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop if you're going to guzzle the whole thing down before the trailers even start.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop full stop.

If you do, and if you do need the loo, sit on the fucking end by the aisle rather than making me get up every 20 minutes to let you past.


No-one calls it fizzy pop anymore, grandad.

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RE: What are your requirements for a positive experienc... - 18/11/2012 10:54:38 PM   
Hood_Man


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quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat


quote:

ORIGINAL: Hood_Man

Go to the toilet before going in.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop if you're going to guzzle the whole thing down before the trailers even start.

Don't buy that huge bucket of fizzy pop full stop.

If you do, and if you do need the loo, sit on the fucking end by the aisle rather than making me get up every 20 minutes to let you past.


No-one calls it fizzy pop anymore, grandad.

Blue Peter probably would. I mean, crisp tubes? Crisp tubes??

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