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. . . . . when he can make his public suffer in his stead?

According to the newspaper on 1st May the latest Avengers Endgame film is > 3 hours long. At least in God's Own Country two cinemas, at Elland and Skipton, have organised to show it with an interval, so the customers can buy Cola and popcorn and go for a ***. But hardly anywhere else is there a break. Apparently Joe Russo, the co‑director disapproves and has told people to, “prep as if the're going into surgery,” by drinking nothing after midnight.
 
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Yeah. Saw Ben Kingsley's Gandi. They had an intermission.

I did have to make a mad dash back when the animated Lord of the Rings was in theatre, and it didn't even cover the third book! I also have the record album from that movie, and I'm sorry to say that the acoustics sounded like a middle-school band class.

I was surprised when I realized how long The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ran. Back in the early 20th Century a really long film would be 90 minutes and many were less than an hour. Although you often had double or triple features, cartoons, and pre-TV, newsreels.

I don't actually need every movie to take an entire day to view. Then again, I don't need more reboots of Spider-Man and Batman or endless sequels. But that's Hollywood.
 
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When I was little, the average movie was slightly over an hour, but there was always a “B” film, adverts, newsreel, etc. The usherette would come into the auditorium during the interval with a tray with dry ice and ice creams slung round her neck.
But we were deprived of one of the great delights of the cinema: the people who go out to the loo at five minute intervals, coming back after 2′ 30″.
 
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