How bleedin' long do the adverts last?

News Simon Brew 30 May 2007 - 12:11
The inside of a cinema

Can you help us with a little survey? It's all about one of our pet hates, and it gives us another chance for a rant...

Which cinema chain subjects you to the most adverts?

To answer the question, we need to do two things. Firstly, we need you to click the comments box, tell us what fleapit you went to and how long it was between the advertised time of the film and the time it actually started.

Secondly, we need to rant. I paid a tenner to see Spider-man 3 in London last week. For that, I got an uncomfortable chair, piracy warnings and advert after advert after advert. That's before the trailers. In all, I reckoned the film started 20-25 minutes after the time publicised on the outside of the cinema.

Can anyone beat that? It was the Odeon on Tottenham Court Road. Nice pick and mix, though...

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Picturehouse is the way forward!!!! Every seat is comfy, every seat has a perfect view and you can take in booze, they also screen films that you are unlikely to see in a mainstream cinema. The death of the Indie cinemas is one of the biggest disspointments of my life. The closest we are about to get is a Picturehouse (so get to Greenwich) failing that the Prince Charles.

I went to go and see Pirates 3 this weekend at the Cineworld cinema complex in Burton on Trent. The film itself was a long one at just around the two and a half hour mark. However the lights went down at 3 on the dot and we didnt make it out of the cinema until 6. Therefore with adverts, trailers, adverts for drinks, mobile phone guff promos, FACT warnings (using Fantastic 4 - 2 urgh!) it was a good half a hour worth of tat I didnt want to see. What gets me is that I have just paid nealry 7 quid to see the film and we are, what the Americans call a 'Captive Audience' ie we cant really leave meaning that we are forced to be advertised to for a half hour on top of paying a huge price for a ticket. With the internet we have pop-up blockers to stop ads, on TV we have Timeslip and we can flick past a advert in a magazine, however there is no real way we can avoid sitting through ads with that Ginger tosser and his american boss shoving Orange Mobiles down out throats. The only options are really to go late and take the risk of getting a bad seat, go with the missus and get her to keep your seat while you go for a swift half or just take a torch and a book in to read or your ipod to pass the time until they finish. They are un-needed, unwanted and irritating as hell - its not like you even get good ads, most of them are straight off the telly...no Ki-Ora or Walls lolly ads like you get in the old days, not even a local curry house advert just 2 minutes walk from this picture house.

sorry rant over

Pirates 3. Cineword, Glasgow Renfrew St. Half an Hour.



Thing is though, I HATE the adverts for food/cars/jobs/D.F.S[Especially that one] etc. But I would love half an hour worth of movie trailers.



Ones that are playing in the next cinema along, ones that you said you'd see a month ago and is on it's last legs, movies that come out next week and rambo 4, slated for Feb 2008, even though I've already seen a full theatrical trailer? I mean, What are they waiting for? I WANT DECAPITATION! Not for me....



Where was i? Oh yeah. Half an hour.

I've just come to accept that those twenty minutes are going to happen, and usually talk through them. They don't bother me, really, unless I'm going to watch more than one film in a day, and I have to sit through the Mac vs PC adverts 298398498 times. Then I get a bit annoyed.

Does Sarah not tell you about our brilliant local flicks. We went to see Spiderman 3 start time 7.30. Arrived at 7.27 and found we were the only people there - pick of seats! Lights down at 7.30 (5 others arrived by then) and all finished just after 10pm. Even a chance to buy a lolly between adverts and film. Less than a tenner for both of us.
Fact that football final was on telly same night may have had something to do with it!!

I went to go and see Pirates 3 this weekend at the Cineworld cinema complex in Burton on Trent. The film itself was a long one at just around the two and a half hour mark. However the lights went down at 3 on the dot and we didnt make it out of the cinema until 6. Therefore with adverts, trailers, adverts for drinks, mobile phone guff promos, FACT warnings (using Fantastic 4 - 2 urgh!) it was a good half a hour worth of tat I didnt want to see. What gets me is that I have just paid nealry 7 quid to see the film and we are, what the Americans call a 'Captive Audience' ie we cant really leave meaning that we are forced to be advertised to for a half hour on top of paying a huge price for a ticket. With the internet we have pop-up blockers to stop ads, on TV we have Timeslip and we can flick past a advert in a magazine, however there is no real way we can avoid sitting through ads with that Ginger tosser and his american boss shoving Orange Mobiles down out throats. The only options are really to go late and take the risk of getting a bad seat, go with the missus and get her to keep your seat while you go for a swift half or just take a torch and a book in to read or your ipod to pass the time until they finish. They are un-needed, unwanted and irritating as hell - its not like you even get good ads, most of them are straight off the telly...no Ki-Ora or Walls lolly ads like you get in the old days, not even a local curry house advert just 2 minutes walk from this picture house.

sorry rant over

Picturehouse is the way forward!!!! Every seat is comfy, every seat has a perfect view and you can take in booze, they also screen films that you are unlikely to see in a mainstream cinema. The death of the Indie cinemas is one of the biggest disspointments of my life. The closest we are about to get is a Picturehouse (so get to Greenwich) failing that the Prince Charles.

Pirates 3. Cineword, Glasgow Renfrew St. Half an Hour.



Thing is though, I HATE the adverts for food/cars/jobs/D.F.S[Especially that one] etc. But I would love half an hour worth of movie trailers.



Ones that are playing in the next cinema along, ones that you said you'd see a month ago and is on it's last legs, movies that come out next week and rambo 4, slated for Feb 2008, even though I've already seen a full theatrical trailer? I mean, What are they waiting for? I WANT DECAPITATION! Not for me....



Where was i? Oh yeah. Half an hour.

I've just come to accept that those twenty minutes are going to happen, and usually talk through them. They don't bother me, really, unless I'm going to watch more than one film in a day, and I have to sit through the Mac vs PC adverts 298398498 times. Then I get a bit annoyed.

Does Sarah not tell you about our brilliant local flicks. We went to see Spiderman 3 start time 7.30. Arrived at 7.27 and found we were the only people there - pick of seats! Lights down at 7.30 (5 others arrived by then) and all finished just after 10pm. Even a chance to buy a lolly between adverts and film. Less than a tenner for both of us.
Fact that football final was on telly same night may have had something to do with it!!

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