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My new movie theater pet peeve. trailers that start late and last 20-25 minutes...

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  1. todd stone

    todd stone Screenwriter

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    WHY do movie theaters insist on starting moive trailers when the MOVIE itself is supposed to begin.
    Poeple at the theater last night were moaning over how many friggin trailers played before star trek started. It was absolutly ridiculous......[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. CaptDS9E

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    When i saw Die another day the trailers never ended. They even put in some tv commercials. If i want to see tv commercials ill watch TV. Everyone was pissed off. The least they could have done was show the LOTR trailer :)
    I know i heared a few people say it out loud.
    capt
     
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    I love trailers. They can show as many as they want. I am getting tired of ads, but trailers never bother me. They're a tradition.

    I'd rather people be finding their seats and getting settled while ads and trailers are on, than do it after the movie has started.

    I saw The Two Towers' trailer in front of Die Another Day.
     
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    I'm with Vickie, I tend to really enjoy the trailers. I don't know what it is but their kind of exciting. You see the green or red rating screen and wonder what film trailer this is...could it be The Matrix Reloaded, could it be The Two Towers, or something new altogether. They're fun.
    But yes, I can't stand tv commercials in the theater, they belong at home on television.
     
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    Trailers, yes. Commercials, NO. As if the product logo feces isn't smeared across every available inch of America already...[​IMG]
    Bruce
     
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    I have been increasingly aggrevated watching movies in the theaters.
    First, many trailers are giving away way too much of the plot points of the movie they're advertising.
    Now the commercials [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    And now they want to fit in like 20 trailers!
    It's getting bad. I don't go to theaters anymore unless it's a must-see-in-a-theater action adventure type movie. Comodies, etc I wait for the DVD.
     
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    I love watching the trailers and I can usually live with commercials, but I almost killed myself after I saw this one very stupid NASCAR Coke promo. Anyone seen it?
     
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    I enjoy the trailers, too, but the commercials grate on my nerves. The most ineffective (and, therefore, pointless) have to be the video game commercials. Game engine–generated polygon graphics just don't hold up (the aliasing is especially ugly) when printed to film and projected on a cinema-sized 2.35:1 screen.
    When I saw Nemesis the other night at a Hoyt's, commercials and trailers combined weighed in at around 24 minutes! The movie's starting time was 9:20 (I didn't note when the lights actually dimmed, but this is not a research journal), but the feature didn't start until 9:44. Mark another one down in the ridiculous column.
     
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    C'mon, people. If they didn't have all those ads and trailers, then tickets would cost $8.50 and a drink would be $4.00....er, wait....
     
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    bring on the trailers, but next time i see a freakin TV commercial in a freakin MOVIE THEATER i'm gonna kick the commercial in it's NUTS.
     
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    I'm one that loves the trailers, but hates commercials.

    I know that my theater starts the trailers at the time the movie starts on the weekends. So if the movie time says 9:00, then thats when the trailer starts.

    During the week, however, the movies start at the correct time, they just start showing the previews early. So those of you who hate previews, I suggest checking to see if your theaters do this too.
     
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    I love seeing the trailers, too. But one thing I have noticed lately is a trend towards high numbers of trailers that appear to have been edited.

    When my wife and I went to see Harry Potter last month, I was hoping very much to see the trailer for LOTR: The Two Towers. Having seen the full trailer in a tiny window on my computer, I was anxious to see it on the big screen. It was there, but it was only about 20 or 30 seconds long and was very rushed and choppy. I don't know if it was a studio permitted edit, but it was pretty disappointing compared to the full trailer I was expecting. I guess this is done to get in more previews. I believe there must have been about 6 or 7 trailers shown, some full, some not.
     
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    Commercials DO NOT f^@&king belong in a theatre.
    We pay money to see the film. Once we pay, we should not be subjected to commercials. Keep the commercials on free TV, please.
    Alas, they are probably here to stay though. [​IMG]
     
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    I am beginning to hate the trailers and the commercials also. Before I went to see HP 2 they must have shown 4 trailers and about 4 commercials. The movie already was long and this just made it longer. It was almost 1am when we got home after going to a 9:30 show. What a joke.
    To make matters worse I went to an Ultra screen and one of the speakers was blown or something and the sound was awful. Apperently to the 15 year old running the movie the solution was to turn the volume up to 11[​IMG]
     
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    I used to work at a movie theater and we got complaints either way. Starting the trailers for an 8pm show at 7:45 pissed off those who showed up at 8:05 And having 15 minutes worth of trailers starting at the posted showtime pissed off everybody else.
     
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    My wife and I laugh our asses off at people who show up 5 minutes before the movie starts looking for seats.
    "Are those 2 seats right in the middle taken?"
    "No Dumbass, I've been saving them just for you."
    [​IMG]
     
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