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  • staffslad
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Not a policy as such but in vue cinemas before the main feature starts a patron announcement is made requesting phones be switched off and that people refrain from talking....needless to say both go ignored regularly

    It's sad and somewhat disturbing that so many people seem not to be able to switch off their phones for even the duration of a visit to the cinema. The phone is supposed to be the servant of the user, but often it appears to me that the user is the slave to the phone. As for talking, I don't remember it being much of an issue back in the 70s and 80s, in that people went to the cinema to see the film and talking was sparse and at low volume.

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  • tex
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    Originally posted by staffslad View Post
    As I've said before, I haven't been to the cinema in 20+ years. Back then, few people had mobile phones, but I wondered if cinemas today had a phones off policy, as I can imagine endless bleeps and tunes from them would become very annoying.
    Not a policy as such but in vue cinemas before the main feature starts a patron announcement is made requesting phones be switched off and that people refrain from talking....needless to say both go ignored regularly

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  • staffslad
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    As I've said before, I haven't been to the cinema in 20+ years. Back then, few people had mobile phones, but I wondered if cinemas today had a phones off policy, as I can imagine endless bleeps and tunes from them would become very annoying.

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  • George 1978
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    One could argue that watching a film at home is pure escapism as you don't have people talking and kids messing about...

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  • tex
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    i love going to the flix despite the aforementioned drawbacks (see #3) watching a film on tv could never compare to the cinema experience, the huge screen and superior sound and getting lost in the film...pure escapism

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by agfagaevart View Post

    Exactly right! That's one reason why I stopped going to the cinema. I have a big telly, so why not wait for the films to come on it for free?
    Not quite free if you pay for a TV licence (like most people), but I take your point - it is cheaper in the long run.

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  • agfagaevart
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    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    Its ironic that that in the 1950s, when the films were much better than they are today, going to the pictures was a really cheap night out and these days, you have to pay out at least a tenner, not to watch a film, because celluloid films are no longer used, but in effect to watch a digital presentation on what is effectively a large television screen hung on the wall of a featureless auditorium. You might as well save your money and stay at home and watch a DVD.

    Exactly right! That's one reason why I stopped going to the cinema. I have a big telly, so why not wait for the films to come on it for free? Also I got fed up of paying a tenner or more, to see really duff movies like Prometheus / Green Lantern / etc. The cinemas are full of sequels and bad remakes. At least the Avengers nonsense is over...for now. I wouldn't mind seeing Sexy Susan tho...

    I was a cinema projectionist for nearly twenty years, from 1962 to 1981 and saw many changes in that time. The British cinema industry began to go to pot in the 1970s and had to re-invent itself with multi small screen multiplexes and films aimed at either a juvenile or soft porn audience.
    I bet you have some great stories! It's such a shame that many projectionists have been put out of work because now the multiplexes can get the movies on hard drives, and the managers, etc. can run them with hardly any skills.


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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Cinemas wont charge depending on the film, its age and sometimes afternoon/evening performance
    I used to think that 15 and 18 certificate films would obviously cost more than their U and PG counterparts, and as it is obviously catering for a different taste of viewer.

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  • tex
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Some cinemas show U rated films early in the day, often ones that have been out a while, which I guess are cheaper to see.
    Cinemas wont charge depending on the film, its age and sometimes afternoon/evening performance

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  • Richard1978
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    Some cinemas show U rated films early in the day, often ones that have been out a while, which I guess are cheaper to see.

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  • staffslad
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    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    I'm typing this into this text box so that I won't have to paste it in from Word. Its ironic that that in the 1950s, when the films were much better than they are today, going to the pictures was a really cheap night out and these days, you have to pay out at least a tenner, not to watch a film, because celluloid films are no longer used, but in effect to watch a digital presentation on what is effectively a large television screen hung on the wall of a featureless auditorium. You might as well save your money and stay at home and watch a DVD. I was a cinema projectionist for nearly twenty years, from 1962 to 1981 and saw many changes in that time. The British cinema industry began to go to pot in the 1970s and had to re-invent itself with multi small screen multiplexes and films aimed at either a juvenile or soft porn audience. I remember asking my boss around 1980 when we were showing absolute rubbish like 'Sexy Susan and the Sex Slaves' why we couldn't show proper films any more, like 'King of Kings' and he replied that we were in this business to make money and that this was what the punters wanted nowadays. Mind you, he was very strict about age restrictions. I remember when, back in 1968, we were showing the 'X' film WITCHFINDER GENERAL and ten minutes before the show started, I was stood with the boss by the pay box when this young lad came in. He looked about 12 years old. "You're not comin' in t'see this!", the boss told him. "Well, I'm 16", said the boy. "16? You haven't seen 13, let alone 16", the boss told him. "Now get!" and the boy getted. The BBFC changed the certificates in July, 1970 when the 'X' admission age was raised to 18 and, as you remembered, the 'AA' certificate was brought in.

    I do agree that films of yesteryear were overall of a higher quality than they are today, and with TVs now getting bigger and bigger, and more affordable to boot, it puzzles me why so many people still go to the cinema. The last time I went was to see Titanic circa 1998 and it bored me silly. I was so sick of the antics of the two romantic leads that I couldn't wait for the ship to hit that iceberg--see A Night to Remember for a far better film about the Titanic tragedy. If it hadn't been for my wife I would probably have left way before the end. No, nowadays I use money I might have spent on cinema trips on DVDs. I always purchase them used and for a 10 cinema ticket cost, I can buy 3 or 4 DVDs.

    Interesting about the raising of the age for X films from 16 to 18--I didn't know that and had assumed it had always been 18. Also, about having to be accompanied by an adult for A certificate films was a surprise for me as A when I was growing up just meant there might be scenes some children could find disturbing.

    I can't remember my local cinema holding saturday morning shows, but our local council did. I would go with older cousins on a saturday morning to a nearby hall and we would see a couple of films, CFF, Abbot and Costello etc, plus a cliffhanger serial episode like Flash Gordon, plus some cartoons. This would have been in the late 60s.

    I have also remembered that our local cinema would give 1/2 price admission to those with a UB40 card for weekday matinees in the early 80s, so when I was on the dole for a while back then, I would go whenever there was something good. Often there would be a double bill of second run features. I saw a double bill of Scum and Midnight Express circa 1981 for 55p with my UB40 card. Mind you, attendance was still poor, and on one occasion I was the only person in the audience, and it was normal to have 2 or 3 rows between patrons.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    We ended the children's matinees in 1974. Due to Saturday television, there was no call for them any more. As far as I know, no cinemas have special weekly matinees for children these days. The cinema industry has changed radically since I was working in it.
    It does seem to coincide with when Saturday morning shows like Tiswas starting up (in the Midlands at least) and youngsters staying in, hence the decrease of cinema shows back then. Looking at old TV schedules from 1973-1974 (as it was before my time), there doesn't seem to be many kids' shows on Saturday mornings up until then apart from the odd cartoons, only things like DIY programmes and adult education which I assumed that the average child would have not got interested about - thinking about it, there were educational programmes on weekdays for schools, and other educational programmes at the same time at weekends! It was not surprising that youngsters were more interested in what was on at the cinema rather than the TV back then!

    You have illustrated a lot that has changed in over half a century - the fact of the matter is that even someone works in a cinema is technically a stranger to a youngster, just as much as a bus driver, shop assistant or librarian would be. Admittedly, I obviously didn't know the staff at my local Odeon for obvious reasons as youngster - I couldn't assume that just because someone is a staff member, that I would know and trust them - certainly not these days. Come to think of it, I didn't really know any of the other kids who watched the same film as I did either as they mostly went to different schools!

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  • DavidRayner
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    Originally posted by tex View Post
    Hey David!...Don't s'pose your boss had a lot of say in which films were shown. Was the cinema part of a corporate chain or an independent?
    It was part of a small independant chain that once had five local cinemas, but by 1968 there were only two of them left. As far as I know, he did have a say, but not a final say, in what was booked at that time.

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  • DavidRayner
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    I ran children's Saturday matinees at the cinema where I worked, showing mainly CFF features and serials. The prices of admission in the 1960s were sixpence and sevenpence. It was the part of the job I hated. About 300 children used to attend every Saturday and the auditorium was bedlam. It was my job, along with other members of the staff, to try to keep them all in order and stop any bullying. I remember one time in 1963 when this five years old boy came crying to me because a certain boy had been hitting him. I picked him up, gave him a cuddle and dried his eyes for him. Can you imagine being allowed to do that these days? I'd have to have a CRB check before I could work with all those youngsters. But the paranoia that exists today about adults supervising children didn't exist back then. Anyway, I sorted the bully out and after that, the little lad stuck to me like glue and held my hand as I walked around dispensing instant verbal justice. When it came around to starting time, the boss would tell me that I could go up and start now. "Thank God for that!" I would tell him, as I retreated to the safety of the projection room. We ended the children's matinees in 1974. Due to Saturday television, there was no call for them any more. As far as I know, no cinemas have special weekly matinees for children these days. The cinema industry has changed radically since I was working in it.

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  • George 1978
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    I always assumed (because it was more or less before my time) that the tickets to see a Saturday morning CFF film would cost a lot less than some of the mainstream evening stuff shown at the cinemas - do the cinemas still have Saturday morning picture shows, I wonder?

    When Channel 4 had shown the film South Pacific in the mid 1990s, my late mother had said to me that she had first seen it "in colour" at the cinema when it first came out back in the early 1960s, and obviously she had said that it was the only place where you would see films (or anything else for that matter) in colour.

    Obviously, cinema audiences as a result would have been quite high back then, and one assumes that when colour television came along at the end of the 1960s and films were premiered on TV for the first time (especially at Christmas when the cinemas were closed), cinema audiences dwindled over the following years - only the fact that one could see films a few years before they are premiered on the television and the fact that one could see them on a much larger screen were two reasons why even today, most people still go to the cinema. For those who could be patient for a few years and wait for its TV premiere, some didn't bother.

    Mind you, I suppose Walt Disney cottoned onto this TV premiere thing, and as a result, a lot Disney films were not premiered on the small screen for decades after they were made - some like Snow White have yet to be seen as an actual TV broadcast. Fantasia took over seven decades for it to be premiered on British TV screens.

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