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1st time at a Swiss movie

This past weekend my better-half and I decided to go to the movies.
I was a little surprised that the cost was 19chf per person, but I accepted it - I was also surprised that the movie time said it started at 8pm only to find out that there were 30 min of advertisements before the movie previews even started - but OK, the theater was nice, the sound was good, I was able to watch the movie in my native tongue. It was great UNTIL the lights powered on in the theater cutting right in the middle of a pivotal scene. Both my partner and I were dumbstruck. Did the "film" need to be changed (like in the 70's) or did the machine break?, or maybe the movie was over - that just seemed so unlikely. Fortunate enough there was a person sitting close by to us that heard and understood our confusion. He proceeded to tell us that all Swiss movies have an intermission and the intermission time was maybe 5 or 10 or 15 min - he didn't know the length of time and there was no indication of the length of the intermission anywhere to be found.

All the theaters I've been to in all the countries I've been to this is the first time since a 1950's movie (that was over 3hrs long) did I get an intermission, and It was well informed that an intermission would happen AND the length of time.

I'm now asking my parents why they taught me to manage my bladder and my hunger by visiting either the restroom/wc/toilette as well as the concession stand before I entered the theater. Thank you Switzerland , it seriously has been a pain to teach myself to manage myself all these years.

OH and when I went to buy the tickets the counter person said we were lucky to get the VERY last 2 seats in the theater saying someone must have cancelled their reservations. Once the movie started (and after the intermission) I noticed there were 4 rows completely empty - I guess 4row's of people decided NOT to show up for the movie.
I would have said the counter person didn't know there were empty rows - but he was using, what looked like, a sophisticated computer seat tracking system.

I sure hope the medical profession in Switzerland doesn't work like the movie theaters? You know - mid surgery, regardless of where the surgery is at an intermission is called.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Welcome to Switzerland!!!


Yes, intermission is standard here. In my experience, it is 10 minutes, and at some point there is a countdown clock in the corner of the screen.


As for a sold out theater - that is something new! Whenever we go (which is, admittedly, rare), there are maybe 20 or so people seated. I do like the seat reservation system though. It sure makes things easier
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

Thanks for that very funny post

Intermissions are there simply to ensure that you buy more of the overpriced popcorn and sodas, in case you’ve finished what you’ve bought before the movie started

That being said, they’re slowly disappearing. I haven’t had an intermission in a cinema in years, at least in Lausanne. We went to see Coco on Sunday with the kids, and there wasn’t any.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

zurich abaton didn't have an intermission during starwars last week, which was a pain as I actually wanted to go get some snacks lol.
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zurich abaton didn't have an intermission during starwars last week, which was a pain as I actually wanted to go get some snacks lol.
Basel "Capitol" had an intermission for Star Wars and I was glad. It gave us a chance to compare our bitching about the movie
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

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.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

They only have intermissions in about half of the cinemas I've been to here.

My wife like them as she can pop to the toilets and we can have a short chat about the first half of the film.

Personally I find them a bit jarring as they ruin the immersion and are normally done at a critical point in the film.
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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, that would have been an intermission between 2 films! The B movie and the main attraction.

Swiss cinemas’ cavelier attitude to forcing an intermission unplanned by the film makers - and CHF 19 a pop has pushed me away and into the arms of Netflix...
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Yes, that would have been an intermission between 2 films! The B movie and the main attraction.

Swiss cinemas’ cavelier attitude to forcing an intermission unplanned by the film makers - and CHF 19 a pop has pushed me away and into the arms of Netflix...
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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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

The Swiss and their dedication for smoke breaks...

My husband and I moved here years ago in the middle of a rare heat wave and were unfavorably living in an attic apartment. We went to see a movie hoping there would be air conditioning to relieve us...but no. The tickets were almost 40 CHF each too since it was a 3D film...never went back.

Now we've moved up in the world and have a lovely big TV with streaming in the comfort of our cosy nook.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

I love a break if a movie lasts longer than 2 hours, and 10 minutes is a nice time imho.

I can walk some since my legs start hurting if I need to be seated for so long.
(And yes for the same reason I take a stroll through an airplane or in the cinema complex during a movie if there is no break)

And I like a new cold beer.

Breaks should however be well communicated and many cinema's lack a counter for when the movie starts again. (some show it on the screen, well that is very convenient when walking around or standing in front of the bar without having a clue if the break is 5 min or 20 min.)

In the Netherlands breaks are still very common.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

the thread is not even about a Swiss movie. i assumed it was about this private banking movie. pretty disappointing.
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the thread is not even about a Swiss movie. i assumed it was about this private banking movie. pretty disappointing.
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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.
Projector screen?
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

I have known breaks since I was a small child in Switzerland and was quite pissed off when they took them away (ice-cream when I was small, breathing time and a cold drink later on), just a way to show more films in one day in my opinion.
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Projector screen?
Self-explanatory.
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Re: 1st time at a Swiss movie

I miss the ice-cream girl who came in just after the trailers and the start of the main film. It made a visit to the cinema more of an advent then just watching a film on a big screen. Don´t miss the smoking though.
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Yes, that would have been an intermission between 2 films! The B movie and the main attraction.

Swiss cinemas’ cavelier attitude to forcing an intermission unplanned by the film makers - and CHF 19 a pop has pushed me away and into the arms of Netflix...
No, it was an intermission within the actual movie. And ticket prices in Switzerland can be reduced to UK prices with the Carte Bleu.

Netflix (as much I too love it) is zero substitute for a new blockbuster cinema release.
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No, it was an intermission within the actual movie. And ticket prices in Switzerland can be reduced to UK prices with the Carte Bleu.

Netflix (as much I too love it) is zero substitute for a new blockbuster cinema release.
Depends entirely on what setup you have at home...
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Projector screen?
yes, a 120" tv would burn your eyes out.
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