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 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I love going to the movies. When I first started reviewing movies I went to 40 to 50 movies per year. It took a while before I got so fed up with various experiences at the theater that I cut back on what I watched in theaters so that I only watched the more interesting films. This year I may end having seen just barely over 20 films in theaters. This is not for lack of interest but because of a declining theatrical experience.

In 2012 I watched a lot of films in the last three months of the year as tends to happen most years. Nearly every film I watched had either a trailer for “Les Miserables”, or a special Regal Cinemas feature telling me about how amazing it was going to be. I almost passed on the movie in theaters entirely because by the time it was released I had been bombarded with trailers. The same thing happens with films that are delayed for some reason. “Zero Dark Thirty” was originally planned for a September 2012 release until the studios decided to delay it because some people suggested that it was trying to sway people’s views for the upcoming presidential election. By the time the film was released in late December of 2012 (January 2013 depending on the theater) I had seen the trailer so many times that I purposefully avoided the movie until I could rent it.

I realize that this is an annoyance that only affects frequent movie viewers. When I complained on Facebook in late 2012 that I had seen the Les Miserables feature so many times my friends quickly responded that they really appreciated seeing it the one time they went to the theaters that year because they would never have known about it otherwise. In the same way, I am already pretty tired of the trailers for “The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug” and I expect by the time “300 Rise of an Empire” is released I will be similarly tired of the trailer.

At times I consider showing up late to movies so that I don’t have to sit through 20 minutes of trailers. I did this when I watched “Out of the Furnace” because I knew the film wasn’t going to be crowded enough that finding a seat would be difficult. Good luck doing the same thing for “The Hunger Games Catching Fire” or “The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug.” It just isn’t likely that you will be able to get a decent seat in a larger film if you do not show up early. It is precisely because studios know that they have a captive audience in these larger films that you tend to see trailers that are revealed for the first time when you arrive.

To a lesser extent I find all the commercials shown before the trailers to be annoying enough that I sometimes consider going to Arclight exclusively for the rest of my life despite higher ticket prices. The cheap ass in me resists such an option when I have early morning films available for half price at the local Regal Cinemas.

I ask all my fellow movie bloggers and frequent movie viewers out there, do you find it tiresome to watch so many trailers every time you go to the theaters? Or do you look forward to them knowing that it saves you from having to seek out each trailer online?

This post originally appeared on my blog at marvelmvs.wordpress.com where I primarily post movie reviews.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I have refused to watch movie trailers since last December. Too many, too LOUD (the invention of the subwoofer has ruined the art of trailer cutting forever...nothing but incessant B O O M s, swooshes, the Apocalyptic Choir Of Doom, clangs, bangs and shrieks), too much of the plot given away, too many funny jokes spoiled, too many cool visual images wrecked. I will literally stand in the hallway and wait for them to be over...unless it's an AMC theater, with their TWENTY-PLUS MINUTE trailer block, where the last time I went, an employee walked up to me and said that I was "making the other guests nervous" by milling around outside the doors. mad Hey, fuck YOU, maybe I don't want to punish my eardrums for close to a HALF-HOUR.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I agree there are just too many trailers these days, Years ago you got one or two with movies that were coming soon. So I just hang around the concession stand till the movie I paid for starts.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I would love to stand outside and miss the trailers but then I might not get a seat.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I love trailers, but sometimes there are just too many. By about the fifth or sixth "The following preview...," you can see people start checking the time and groveling. I've gotten in the habit of checking my watch when the first trailer starts and again when the movie starts, to see how much time has passed. My brother and I saw something earlier this year, and I swear, it was 28 minutes(!!) of trailers until we finally got to the movie. Ridiculous!

I don't mind trailers, but I think more than, say, four is too much.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Movie theaters show too many f***ing commercials, never mind the trailers. It's almost as bad as watching tv, truth be told. They even advertise tv shows! I was okay with the "Hollywood Q & A" business they used to show on the screen before the previews started, but now it's solid commercials, the same ones you thought you were getting away from when you turned off the tube and headed to the theater. I don't mind the trailers so much, other than the excessive volumes used, especially when pitching the newest CGI "action" films (in which explosions are substituted for a storyline).

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

20 minutes? You're lucky, over here in Belgium it's easily half an hour, first half commercials, second half trailers to movies I'll never see. There was a thread couple of weeks ago about people whining about theater seats being numbered, I'm sorry, but the only way I'm seeing a movie these days is by showing up late to avoid commercials/trailers and go straight to our seats. I find it ridiculous I have to pay to see a movie and instead get a ton of commercials to endure. By today's logic the movie should just be free as I sat through a half hour of advertising to get to it! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

As someone who works as a theater manager, I can't disagree with complaints about too many trailers. Fortunately, I have a boss who hates it just as much as you do, so we never run more than 10 minutes of trailers, and NO commercials...ever!

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

YES! When I went to see Gravity, they showed 9(!) trailers. Absurd.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

HELL YES.

When I saw World War Z in theaters this past summer I hadn't been to the movies in a long time and wasn't aware that I would be subjected to 30 minutes of trailers. 30 minutes. It was a very busy day for me that day and I thought I could squeeze in the movie in the afternoon. I could have gotten a half-hour's worth of stuff done if I'd known the trailers were going to be that long and many.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I skip through commercials on the DVR at home and I don't like watching stuff on my phone or laptop, so the theater is the only way I see movie trailers. I love the number of trailers, wouldn't mind more frankly. They give me an idea of what's coming out, what I might have an interest in, etc. Don't care for the product commercials, but I can zone out well enough for those. The movie will still be there when the trailers are over, and I don't go to see a movie when I have somewhere else to be, so why not?

It might be more annoying to me if I saw more than the ~10 movies per year that I do see in theaters. I rarely see repeats, and the ones I do see are typically ones for movies I want to see (I've seen previews for the new Hobbit movie a couple of times). I also love sitting through the previews in front of DVDs, though, so maybe I'm just easy to please.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I would love to stand outside and miss the trailers but then I might not get a seat.

I see all of my movies between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, so there's always a seat available. Maybe not my preferred ones (i.e. as far away from other audience members as possible), but I never have to worry about not finding a seat. What I need to invest in are some earplugs, or some nice, sound-cancelling headphones, so I can just keep my eyes shut (or else look downwards while playing Tetris or Pac-Man on my cell phone) and not have to HEAR those awful trailers.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I don't mind the movie trailers at all - as many as you want, that's fine...it's the ordinary everyday commercials for stores, products etc that annoy me...if I wanted to see those I'd stay at home and watch ITV!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The movie will still be there when the trailers are over, and I don't go to see a movie when I have somewhere else to be, so why not?


Um, maybe because that extra half-hour tacked onto the movie's running time mean another half-hour before you can feed the parking meter, or get something to eat after the movie, or take a piss before your bladder explodes. It's just not RIGHT when you research beforehand just how long the movie is going to be, and then get an additional fifteen minutes to a half-hour's worth of BULLSHIT tacked onto the beginning.

Ironically, the one time recently I was actually counting on the usual fifteen-minute trailer reel -- when I saw Captain Philips and the train arrived in the station next to the theater barely five minutes before the movie was scheduled to start -- there apparently were no trailers, or at least just one, so that by the time I bought my ticket, hit the bathroom and walked into the theater, the movie was already a minute or three in. mad There were also no trailers before Nebraska, which surprised me...I was waiting in the hall, looking through the window in the door expecting to see the trailer "green screen", but instead saw the "Our Feature Presentation" blue screen immediately after the pre-show commercials, so I hustled into the theater and settled into a seat just as the opening logos were starting. Maybe because these films were aimed at "adult" audiences, and older moviegoers have been complaining about the volume of movie trailers?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Agree with all of the above. Too many trailers plus they spoil the best scenes in the films. Once again main stream media is obsessed with bashing us over the head with their product.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

If you want to see the film, avoid the trailer whatever you do, they give away far to much of the plot these days. When I saw The Dark Knight Rises, there was about six trailers before the film started, the last one being for...The Dark Knight Rises!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I would love to stand outside and miss the trailers but then I might not get a seat.

I see all of my movies between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, so there's always a seat available. Maybe not my preferred ones (i.e. as far away from other audience members as possible), but I never have to worry about not finding a seat. What I need to invest in are some earplugs, or some nice, sound-cancelling headphones, so I can just keep my eyes shut (or else look downwards while playing Tetris or Pac-Man on my cell phone) and not have to HEAR those awful trailers.


I don't think you can find noise cancelling headphones that are good enough to drown out that noise. I have been wearing concert ear plugs at all the movies I see recently though because not only does it help protect my ears from damage I don't hear the noises around me of other people talking or eating popcorn.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The other ironic thing is when I do go to the theater, which isn't often, they never show the trailers I might actually want to see!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Back in the "Good Old Days", when we had "Proper", individual cinemas, with "Proper" Showmanship
( and curtains!), you would only have seen the trailers for the film/s that were showing at that particular theatre the following week.

The different theatre chains showed a different product from each other, with staggered release dates.

Therefore, we didn't have this problem.

Could we please have the "Good Old Days" back ??

Thank-You big grin



 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

This a little off topic, but I'm fed up with all the trailers on DVDs that I rent from Netflix, etc. I used to be able to manipulate the menu from the remote but now I get the message "This operation is prohibited" or something similar. So now I just load the DVD and then watch something else for 20 minutes to avoid the trailers.

In actual cinemas, perhaps the answer is to go to "hard ticket" theaters like Sundance theaters. We have one here in Houston and it's great.

 
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