Should Movie Theaters Include an Intermission During Very Long Films?

Remember when Avengers: Endgame came out, and fans were sharing spoiler-free tips on when it was safe to go to the bathroom?

It was THREE HOURS long, so those tips went viral. Now, there are entire TikTok & YouTube Channels, websites & apps dedicated to helping you find the best time during a movie to take a pee break!

This year, Oppenheimer was also three hours long and Killers of the Flower Moon is three hours and 26 minutes long.

So, a new poll asked if we should have INTERMISSIONS for movies shown in theaters:

  • 24% said YES for movies at least three hours long.
  • 23% said YES for ones at least two hours long.
  • 25% said a movie should NEVER have an intermission.
  • 12% said ALL movies should have an intermission.

Also, according to the poll, young adults are actually more likely to want the intermission than older folks.

But many longer movies (both classic & modern) have built-in intermissions, overtures or enteracte. And even the DVD / Blu-Ray versions of them kept the intermissions in them – those films include:

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Ben-Hur (1959)
  • The Ten Commandments (1956)
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Dances With Wolves (1990)



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