To wish films at the cinema had an interval?

(74 Posts)
dolcelatte Thu 15-Nov-12 17:09:34

Going to see Skyfall tomorrow with DH and really looking forward to it, but - the running time is 143 minutes. AIBU to think it would be nice to have an interval for 15-20 mins for drink/snack/comfort break?

There used to be intervals at the cinema (showing my age now!); they have them at the theatre, much more civilised IMHO. Granted many films are shorter than 143 minutes, so possibly an interval not strictly necessary, but some are not - and although I'm sure i will love it - if the reviews are right - it does seem a bit of a marathon. Of course it's worth it for Daniel Craig but with some other long films I can't help but think I might as well wait for them to come on to DVD and watch them at leisure.....

RedGreenRouge Thu 15-Nov-12 17:11:42

It would stop you becoming involved in the film by breaking your trance. That's what I love about the cinema.

ptangyangkipperbang Thu 15-Nov-12 17:14:39

They still have an interval at one of our local cinemas. Somebody then comes out to sell ice creams too. We went to see 'Curse of the Were Rabbit' and a man got on the stage in the interval and played 'Run rabbit, run rabbit, run run run' on the organ!

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 15-Nov-12 17:14:52

Oh god no. Everyone would pile into the toilet anyway, and there wouldn't be enough for everyone.

You don't need to go in 'til 5 minutes before it starts (you'll have allocated seats whether you book them or not because it's so popular) and you can go to the toilet first.

I really didn't see why anyone would need to go during it. Plenty of people did, I was in an end seat and every two minutes someone walked past or needed me to get out of my seat, but surely people don't go to the toilet every two hours at home?!

Anyway, intervals would suck. You need to concentrate or you'd miss things.

PercyIsGreen Thu 15-Nov-12 17:15:16

YANBU - the best part of a film was buying a tub

If there had been an interval during Skyfall I'd have left and gone home.

I remember breaks in films. They called them intermissions rather than intervals weren't they?

Mousefunk Thu 15-Nov-12 17:15:48

So there did used to be intervals at cinema! I have always sworn there used to be when I was little but DH insisted the memory of the theatre had merged because there never was. So thanks for that one! Anywayy yanbu, I hate missing some film when I need to pee sad

CharlieCoCo Thu 15-Nov-12 17:16:19

I remember when Titanic came out and it had an interval, which was good as i was bursting for the loo.
When i went to India, i saw a foreign film, no subtitles, no idea what was going on, laughed when everyone else laughed type thing. Was very confused when 'it ended' mid scene after an hr but it was a toilet break grin

I would need to go in 2 and a half hours if I was properly hydrated.

I preferred intervals. Any excuse to get a bit of extra choc or ice cream.

snuffaluffagus Thu 15-Nov-12 17:20:28

Nah that would be terrible. I've been to one cinema that had an intermission (in the depths of north wales) which was actually a welcome relief because the film was rubbish, but during a good film? No thanks!

PercyIsGreen Thu 15-Nov-12 17:20:41

Saturday afternoon kids matinee in the 70s - during the interval they used to play songs from the hit parade and we all got to dance on the stage - what's not to like?

FromEsme Thu 15-Nov-12 17:21:43

I am normally the most easily distracted person, but I sat through 2 and half hours of Skyfall, twice, without getting twitchy.

SpicyPear Thu 15-Nov-12 17:26:51

YANBU. I was desperate for the loo for the last half hour of Skyfall but didn't want to go out and miss anything as I was really enjoying it.

Greypuddle Thu 15-Nov-12 17:27:26

There is now an app you can get (don't know its name) that will tell you exactly when to go to the loo during a film, and what you missed while you were peeing. It's about the best app I've EVER heard of. It hasn't caught up with Skyfall yet, but I went soon after Albert Finney (with a beard) appears and didn't miss much apparently (I was very very quick, though!)

Indith Thu 15-Nov-12 17:28:31

They do family film nights at our village hall and they do an interval selling hotdogs and ice creams and the bar is open too. I've not been to the cinema in years grin.

FromEsme Thu 15-Nov-12 17:29:01

You missed precious minutes of Daniel Craig's deliciousness. Mad.

stinkinseamonkey Thu 15-Nov-12 17:29:52

The intervals were the BEST thing about going to the cinema "in my day" grin
everyone squishing up at the tiny sweet counter for bon bons, the squishing for bon bons helped if your date was v shy grin

Greypuddle Thu 15-Nov-12 17:29:59

I'll get it out on DVD later to make up for it!

stinkinseamonkey Thu 15-Nov-12 17:30:13

and sticky carpets, I LOVED the sticky carpets

LittlemissChristmas Thu 15-Nov-12 17:32:08

Yes they should for long films I agree!
Our local cinema does no seat reservations even on first night so if you don't want to be in the front row you have to get in the queue pretty early and any excuse for ice cream

Startail Thu 15-Nov-12 17:33:08

I just wish they'd drop all the trailers, then DD2 perhaps, wouldn't want to go to the loo 15min from the end of everything

stinkinseamonkey Thu 15-Nov-12 17:40:02

I love the trailers, if you want to avoid em just add 20 mins to the start time grin

VivaLeBeaver Thu 15-Nov-12 17:41:21

There's a cinema near us which does intermissions. An organ rises up from the stage and a bloke plays it while intermission is ongoing. There is a woman up the front with a tray selling ice creams and chocolate.

FromEsme Thu 15-Nov-12 17:42:01

Viva, do you live in the 1950s?

If so, please can I get an invitation, that sounds AMAZING.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 15-Nov-12 17:42:30

Ptangyang, wonder if you live near me? Is the cinema in the woods?

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