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Intermissions 26 Feb 2001 14:37 #1278

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With movies running longer, I was curious as to weather any of you theater owners out there have ever thought of bringing the intermission back. As a movie goer I hate getting up to go to the restroom or the snack bar during the picture. There are a lot of older people who would enjoy being able to stand and stretch for a bit. I don't know if it would work, but it seems to have some merit. What do you all think?
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Re: Intermissions 26 Feb 2001 17:20 #1279

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I used to run an intermission for films like Lawrence of Arabia and Gone with the Wind. The intermission would double my concession Per Cap. Also these two films had the best intermission slots.

In Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence struggles through the desert and goes to the officer's club and orders "Two lemonaids please." Then the intermission happens and they used to drain my lemonaid tank.

In Gone with the Wind, the star returns to Tara after the burning of Atlanta. She is hungry and wiped out. She digs up a turnip in the garden, takes a big old bite of it and declairs; "As God is my witness, I will never go hungry again!"

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Now both of those shows were long. The show times were 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. They were road shows, meaning there was music before the film and before the second half started. Lawrence even had exit music after the credits had rolled. Heck! As manager, I used to go have dinner between the matinee and evening performances. (How civilized.)

Modern thinking suggests that it is more profitable for the studios and the theatres to try and get 4 shows in on a given day vs. 3 shows with intermissions. It is better utilization of the building, staff costs and management time. Hell, they used to have organs and dancing girls too. But times change and we can just look back in wonder and wish we could have seen it.
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Re: Intermissions 27 Feb 2001 07:54 #1280

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Intermissions in long movies are a good idea, as long as the film was edited with an intermission in mind. You should NEVER arbitrarily insert an intermission that the filmmaker did not intend.

I would personally like to see the return of intermissions in films that run over 150 minutes.

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Re: Intermissions 28 Feb 2001 15:03 #1281

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Ky tells me that up until Carmike took over Great Falls Montana, that every film had an intermission. He particularly like it when they used to put intermissions in an 80 minute Disney cartoon.
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