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Old 19.12.2017, 10:55
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Pathe in Basel do the films without break. I prefer to go to Capitol.

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same here: Netflix + a 120" screen at home. No intermissions, no parking fees, as much snack at migros proces as I want.
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Projector screen?
Indeed - 4m screen and surround sound. What's not to like? And I can wait six months for the blockbuster to be available on Blu-ray.
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Old 19.12.2017, 12:03
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Breaks for anything above 2hrs? Yes please! I do like a drink before/during the movie and holding that for 2+ hours will be painful. Also advertisements are NEVER 30min. Dont overdue the numbers. And at least the movie previews are interesting for me.

19 CHF is indeed expensive but go to a movie in Germany.. easily 11-12 Euro by now (they are more creative.. you pay extra for "long Movies", as an example)

Yes Switzerland is more expensive, but the 50% or so difference is much less than whats the difference in between saleries. There are other ripoffs which are worse.

And you can watch the movies in English here.

Try that in Merkelland!
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Old 19.12.2017, 12:22
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

My deciding factor to stop going to the cinema in CH (among those already mentioned), was when I went to see an English comedy with German subtitles.


In this case, the entire sentence of 'joke' would come up before the actual punchline was audibly spoken---and people would start laughing, such that I couldn't hear what was actually said. By this point, the subtitles had changed and I was too late to even read the joke.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

yeah... that is pretty much how the movies work in most theaters in CH...

some of those things are avoidable (you'd better get organized - which is pretty much necessary for everything here):
- admission prices - can be significantly less expensive if you organize a member card in advance (like arena & kitag)
- prices of snacks (buy before and bring them in)
- advertisements at the beginning - don't come until about 10 minutes after the movie should begin
- reservations - can be made online (and non-binding) in advance

some things are not avoidable:
- intermission (to sell more food)... depending on the theater
- languages / subtitles

good luck making a decision which works for you...
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Old 19.12.2017, 23:52
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

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It was great UNTIL the lights powered on in the theater cutting right in the middle of a pivotal scene.
Indeed, the annoying thing is that the cut can come at very very poorly chosen moments!

Anyway, not all theatres have the annoying break. In Zurich the arthouse cinemas (including RiffRaff and Houdini) don't. And they show better movies, at least for my taste.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Well, I went to see a film yesterday and would have welcomed an intermission because it was sooooo long and it would have given me the chance to tell off the two American brats in the row behind me to shut the f*** up. Seriously, they talked loudly through the entire film and really reduced my enjoyment of it. Parents, if your teenage daughter went to see Star Wars in 4DX at Arena yesterday, you need to explain to her that people don't pay a fortune to see a film with her running commentary.
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Old 20.12.2017, 10:24
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

How is that 4dx thing Kittster?

On topic, I don't mind the intermissions myself, I got used to them. I don't like noisy phone using people at the cinema though. I also have a projector at home and enjoy the comfort of a home cinema, but hey, sometimes you gotta go to the really big screen if you are a film fan.
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Old 20.12.2017, 11:51
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

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Well, I went to see a film yesterday and would have welcomed an intermission because it was sooooo long and it would have given me the chance to tell off the two American brats in the row behind me to shut the f*** up.
Er... why wait for the intermission?
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Intermissions really threw me when we first moved here, but I'm used to them now. Doesn't meant to say I don't effing hate them. I also can't see why they don't do at least a few screenings per week in OV without subtitles. In Fribourg, we get both FR and DE subtitles and I find them really distracting; I'm always drawn to read them, even if I try not to.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

I love the intermissions
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Old 20.12.2017, 12:27
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I love the intermissions
Me too.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

We went to the IMAX at the Mall of Switzerland last weekend for The Last Jedi and were quite surprised at the fact that there was no intermission. I guess we've already gotten used to having them!
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Intermissions really threw me when we first moved here, but I'm used to them now. Doesn't meant to say I don't effing hate them. I also can't see why they don't do at least a few screenings per week in OV without subtitles. In Fribourg, we get both FR and DE subtitles and I find them really distracting; I'm always drawn to read them, even if I try not to.
Even in Zürich we get D/F subtitles. Guess you get it Swiss-wide.
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Old 20.12.2017, 14:54
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Er... why wait for the intermission?
Well, in a 4DX thing the entire seat moves quite a lot and I didn't feel confident enough to actually get up out of the seat without falling flat on my face They ignored my shushing completely or, more likely, didn't hear it, they didn't even bother to try and whisper.

As for the 4DX - it is quite fun and livens things up a bit, getting sprayed with water when it rains in the film is pretty novel I guess it's a case of "if you enjoy 3D and are a sensation-seeking type, you'll love it, if not, stay well clear". Arena already had something called 4D before but it was a bit meh and didn't last more than maybe half a year; this new (?) variant is pretty awesome, even if the timing is not always perfect (e.g. when there is a fight in the film, you get "punched" in the back and it's sometimes half a second out of sync with the image but it's very minor). Having puffs of air shoot past your ears when there is shooting is pretty cool too. I hope the above statements don't rank as spoilers
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

1st time at a US&A movie (Over 20 years ago, man chinese theater in hollywood. Movie: Under Siege)

- Try to pay for 3 with a 100$ Bill, first they said, that's not possible, but after a talk with the manager they found a way to organize change

- Very impressed by the size of the drinks and popcorn cup incl. the generous amount of liquid butter on the top

- Wondering about the large quantity of small kids in the audience (brutal action movie)

- startled because of the volume (Veeeery loud)

- Happy drinking and popcorn feast

- Waiting for the break because big urge to pee

- need to leave during the movie, you know, no break

- the people are suddenly shouting U S A ... U S A .... as Steven kills the bad guys, little bit confused

- happy but deaf.....leave the cinema

- on the way to the hotel on foot almost robbed by a gang (Cops showed up)

:-)

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Old 21.12.2017, 17:07
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Mann's Chinese Theater sure is loud, I remember that too!
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I love the intermissions


Me too, but it's only a proper intermission when they play the Pearl & Dean tune!


...followed by those horribly cheap and crappy, and at times racist (sign of the times), advertisements!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uZYCb-kZWI
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

yes can be a bit strange, on the whole a relaxing affair, back in the uk ,it was steam the the counter, grab what you could without paying, then sneak past the usher for a free flick.oh to be 45 again,
whilst it is expensive over here, my wife and i treat it as a night out. first a meal, then a walk around the city, movie ,then coffee or a drink, then home .its not as if i want to go to a club, 10 pints, a few chasers,and pathetic attempts st trying to chat up some unfortunate girl,which is probably just as costly.
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Old 21.12.2017, 18:35
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Is 19CHF a lot for a ticket? I know my local Odeon in Scotland costs £15.25 which is more. It is a Odeon Luxe though with leather recliner seats...which totally allowed me to fall asleep during Paddington 2...without an intermission!
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