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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

I like going to the cinema here, and have no problem with the intermissions. I find them quaint and useful.

Unlike the OP's experience, the place is usually empty when I go, though this may reflect my taste in movies. I never pay 19 CHF though. Usually a bit less, and about the same markup as for most things here.

The intermission (which isn't universal) is just one of those Swiss things that you should learn to accept. It's not that big a deal, and if you get too flustered about these things, you'll quickly go nuts. Though if intervals are a serious problem then just go to a Kino that doesn't have them.

As for watching movies at home, no thanks. I might feel different if we were a family of 5 or 6, when the cost would quickly stack up, but for me, 'the magic of the movies' is important. Film experiences are far more immersive and intense in the cinema. Apart from sleep, nothing blocks out the hassle of daily life more than a couple of hours of escapism at the cinema.

And of course, if you're lucky with the weather, an evening at a lakeside open-air Kino in summer is glorious.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

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The UK had intermissions in the 80's, I remember as a kid that people walked around with ice creams. Personally, I like the 10 minute intermissions, gives you chance to nip to the loo and get a drink or ice cream.
Yes, I remember the lady who came in carrying a box around her neck filled with sweets, chocolates, ice creams and choc ice. It was cute. I still wonder how the ice creams and choc ices stayed frozen during the time she stood there
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