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"My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of" wolly we had TV in the 50s-60s
Here in Zürich, in the mid-60ies, only two out of thirty had a TV at home, which means that most people had none
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Without the break(s) there is no cinema feeling
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I was pleasantly surprised when I was in Singapore and they still play the Pearl & Dean theme tune and cheesy local adverts


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Here in Zürich, in the mid-60ies, only two out of thirty had a TV at home, which means that most people had none
OK Ok you might be right I was in Winterthur
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I think they should apply a break if the movie is longer than, say 90 min. Most people can live without peeing, smoking, eating ice cream for 90 min.

When i watched Gravity i felt it completely broke the spell and i just sat there felling annoyed while the swiss went on their quest for mid-movie ice creams.

Longer movies like Avatar on the other hands definitely need a piss break.
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When i watched Gravity i felt it completely broke the spell and i just sat there felling annoyed while the swiss went on their quest for mid-movie ice creams.
I hadn't been subjected to a break for over 5 years while living here, so you can imagine my reaction when the showing of Gravity in Zurich (I was visiting) stopped in the middle. I think I involuntarily blurted out a "Oh, f*****ck youuu." It's a short and tension-filled movie by design, putting a break in the middle of it just kills the experience.

Or, as Wolli would say, it makes the cinema experience!
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So here goes, my first complaint thread:....The Cinemas!

Yesterday for the first time in CH we tried out the local cinema (in Zug) and were much surprised (and annoyed) with the fact that right in the middle of the movie, out of nowhere, the movie was cut and the lights put on: Break time for quite a while with commercials running over the screen!

I was afterwards told that this is perfectly normal and the break is intented for those who wants to go to the toilet during the movie...!?

I don't get it...All these years, cinemas around the world people use the toilets before and after the movie which seems to work well. But not here?...I just don't get it and I felt cheated (the movie was just of average lenght). It felt like watching television where commercial breaks would occur. The only difference was that we paid a lot more to go the cinema to enjoy the atmosphere, better sound etc., as a whole - all that a cinema can provide which watching television at home can't. The commercial break in the middle totally disrupted the 'cinema feeling'

Is it really normal and perfectly fine around Switzerland to interrupt movies in the cinemas for a commercial break/toilet need, or were we just unlucky in our first try?
tell me about it ... I was surprised too when it happened for the first time when I went to the cinema here
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OK Ok you might be right I was in Winterthur

To give examples. On the day(s) of the speech of JFK in Berlin, people here rushed to the cinemas, as "nobody" had a TV (except Mr Martin and Mrs Bründler) and upon the assassination people went to the Wochenschau again, and that was in 1963.

On holidays in Italy, we saw that people sat in bistros with TVs on, while few people there had a TV at home (1958 to 1967)
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The break is what makes Cinema Cinema. It is your objection which does not make sense at all
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I think they should apply a break if the movie is longer than, say 90 min. Most people can live without peeing, smoking, eating ice cream for 90 min.

When i watched Gravity i felt it completely broke the spell and i just sat there felling annoyed while the swiss went on their quest for mid-movie ice creams.

Longer movies like Avatar on the other hands definitely need a piss break.
You just "sat there feeling annoyed" ?? and you did not go to do something about the mid-movie situation ?
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The break is what makes Cinema Cinema. It is your objection which does not make sense at all
Yes, what I'm saying is completely senseless. I know that whenever I go see a movie and there wasn't a break, I leave the cinema thinking that the cinema experience was incomplete. It just isn't cinema-like if there wasn't something inherently disruptive to the movie I came to see in the mix. Clearly disruptions and breaks aren't something you get at home, only at the cinema.

What was the last time you went to the movies? Something tells me the answer will be quite telling.
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Yes, what I'm saying is completely senseless.
Well, you gotta admit - for someone that professes to be annoyed by ZH or Swiss cinemas for having a mid-movie break to go to watch yet another movie in a cinema in Zurich just so he/she/it can complain about it afterwards, well.... doesn't make much sense...
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Well, you gotta admit - for someone that professes to be annoyed by ZH or Swiss cinemas for having a mid-movie break to go to watch yet another movie in a cinema in Zurich just so he/she/it can complain about it afterwards, well.... doesn't make much sense...
Try considering the possibility that I didn't know it was going to happen. It hadn't in any cinema I went to in the last 5+ years here. I didn't just do it for the fun of complaining about it, but I was visiting in Zurich, didn't have much time, and the Corso was the only cinema playing Gravity in the vicinity (it wasn't going to open in Geneva for another 3 weeks so I took advantage of the opportunity). The break was an unwelcome surprise.
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Try considering the possibility that I didn't know it was going to happen. It hadn't in any cinema I went to in the last 5+ years here. I didn't just do it for the fun of complaining about it, but I was visiting in Zurich, didn't have much time, and the Corso was the only cinema playing Gravity in the vicinity (it wasn't going to open in Geneva for another 3 weeks so I took advantage of the opportunity).
Yeah, I get it - but a serious question, was the movie as good "as they say" - only read fantastic reviews so far minus spoilers.. and since I go only rarely to the Cinemas these days, I'd rather try to watch something worthwhile....
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Yeah, I get it - but a serious question, was the movie as good "as they say" - only read fantastic reviews so far minus spoilers.. and since I go only rarely to the Cinemas these days, I'd rather try to watch something worthwhile....
For my money, it's an instant classic. Incredibly tense action sequences, top-notch special effects, and a sure-to-win-Best-Actress performance from Sandra Bullock (whom I wasn't the biggest fan of until this movie).
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Since the invention of the VHS recorder, the whole point of going to the cinema has been less about the film and more about the experience. If I want to watch a film without interruption, I'll get the DVD and watch it at home. If I want a night out with friends and popcorn and ice cream, I'll go to the pictures.

Being upset when the projectionist stops the film in the middle of a scene so the cinema management can sell stuff to the audience is like being upset when a television programme on the commercial channel breaks for the adverts or being upset when the coach trip to the pyramids stops at a carpet shop so the tour guide can get his commission.

If it's pure, uninterrupted, ideologically pure pleasure you want, perhaps it's best to stay at home with a box set, a duvet and a bottle of rum?

That outside is a scary place, eh?
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That would be a great point except that the overwhelming trend during the last few decades, in Switzerland and elsewhere, has been to abandon the breaks and move towards uninterrupted showings. Cinemas undeniably like making more money through concession sales, so do you think they're stopping this practice out of the goodness of their hearts or because audience response is trending towards people not wanting one so strongly that having a break makes less financial and PR sense than not?

Like I said, I have no problem with a break if it was intentionally put there by the director, as it used to be in the old days. But movies are edited and paced very deliberately by filmmakers and a break is inherently disruptive to that rhythm. If a cinema experience implies other auxiliary things for you, that's your prerogative to think that way, but it's not an opinion shared by any serious movie fan and isn't really indicate of what a true cinema experience is like for anyone that goes more often than twice per year.

The claim that the invention of home video and the convenience of it was for it to be the only avenue to watch movies uninterrupted and how the filmmaker intended is so backwards, it's kind of mind-boggling.
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That would be a great point except that the overwhelming trend during the last few decades, in Switzerland and elsewhere, has been to abandon the breaks and move towards uninterrupted showings. Cinemas undeniably like making more money through concession sales, so do you think they're stopping this practice out of the goodness of their hearts or because audience response is trending towards people not wanting one so strongly that having a break makes less financial and PR sense than the opposite?
That might be true in other parts of the world, but Zurchers have been famous for centuries for having small bladders:

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[QUOTE=Dougal's Breakfast;2015881]That might be true in other parts of the world, but Zurchers have been famous for centuries for having small bladders:[/QUOTE

Aw, man! I actually bought that for a second!
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So here goes, my first complaint thread:....The Cinemas!

Yesterday for the first time in CH we tried out the local cinema (in Zug) and were much surprised (and annoyed) with the fact that right in the middle of the movie, out of nowhere, the movie was cut and the lights put on: Break time for quite a while with commercials running over the screen!

I was afterwards told that this is perfectly normal and the break is intented for those who wants to go to the toilet during the movie...!?

I don't get it...All these years, cinemas around the world people use the toilets before and after the movie which seems to work well. But not here?...I just don't get it and I felt cheated (the movie was just of average lenght). It felt like watching television where commercial breaks would occur. The only difference was that we paid a lot more to go the cinema to enjoy the atmosphere, better sound etc., as a whole - all that a cinema can provide which watching television at home can't. The commercial break in the middle totally disrupted the 'cinema feeling'

Is it really normal and perfectly fine around Switzerland to interrupt movies in the cinemas for a commercial break/toilet need, or were we just unlucky in our first try?
I hate the interruptions - watched Gravity last week. That's a short movie (90 minutes) and still they managed to destroy the tension by having a break after 45 minutes. WTF?
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