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Old 21.06.2013, 17:27
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In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

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?
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Old 21.06.2013, 17:28
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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 think it's very civilised.
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Old 21.06.2013, 17:28
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

The break is commonly known as the raucher pause i.e. the smoking break. It's always been that way here except in Basel which is the only place in Switzerland I have been to & seen a movie all the way through with no break.
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Old 21.06.2013, 17:29
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

wasn't so many years ago this was the norm in the uk too
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

Yes,it's normal in Switzerland..find it kind of cute when folk run out to buy themselves ice-creams.There's an innocense about it..
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I am all for a break in between. You can either go to the WC, smoke or refill in drinks or food. Would not have it anyother way. And this is very normal in a lot of countries, Switzerland is not an exception.
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I really hate the break as well, and I know you're not on your own with this thought. However it's the way it is, but a good rant helps blow off some steam.

I guess with time you kinda get used to it, but never love it.


There is an old saying "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

....... they do sell beer in the cinema here, which is one massive plus, and then at least you can take advantage of the movie break
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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?
The pause is awesome, it gives you a toilet break, and in a 2-3 hour movie this is essential when you are slurping on a drink to stay hydrated in a stuffy cinema. Plus you can replenish on snacks or grab an ice cream.

Everyone else I know likes it too.
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Old 21.06.2013, 17:45
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

The break seemed odd to me too-the first movie I saw was interrupted in the middle of a conversation between two main characters.

But, yeah, the ice-cream stampede is sort of cute
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Old 21.06.2013, 17:46
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

One of the reasons I was not so pleased to find out that there is no break at the cinema in Basel

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I guess with time you kinda get used to it, but never love it.
I remember being shocked and a little outraged the first time it happened to me, but I have actually grown to appreciate it - especially during a particularly long film or a cinema with little leg room, it's nice to just get up and stretch your legs.
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:04
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I've been to the cinema in Basel and there was a break

Wouldn't have a break out of choice but going to the cinema is such a rare occurrence that frankly I'm just grateful to be there at all. The film is a bonus.
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:09
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

Smokers love it.

Gives us a chance to get outside and have a cigarette by the entrance as all the movie goers are coming in for a later screening and wafting our smoke away, with exaggerated coughs and death stares. It's fantastic.

Sometimes, I just join the smokers outside on a film break smoke even when I am not watching a film for this specific pleasure.
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:09
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

Nope. Even after 18 years it still annoys the bejesus out of me. Totally unnecessary and often occurs at outrageously inappropriate moments in the movie.
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:25
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I got used to it. My only complaint is that they are a bit crappy at choosing the moment: they always interrupt a dialogue or a scene
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:36
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

Pirate Bay is your friend, you control the II (Pause) button.
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I quite like it, it makes me feel like I'm in the theatre.
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Old 21.06.2013, 18:43
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

I like the Break saves me from having a numb bottom
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

How strange. I've never been in the cinema here and had a break in the middle of the film... either in Lausanne or in Vevey.

I don't think I'd like it either!
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Re: In the cinema - movie interrupted by commercials

Having a child under 6, this is something I have yet to experience. The only time I have had a break in a film was when the film caught fire..... ahhh, the days of celluloid.
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