Cinema facts are misrepresented

Much has been said about an obviously contentious issue – the (in)famous movie intermissions.

Those who don’t go to the cinema might wonder whether there are not more important issues on these islands. But consider, the cinema is one thing that Ivan has taken from us – so why shouldn’t we feel emotional about its return – finally!

And yes, we are thankful to the owner to give us back the movie experience.

I agree with most of the things Mr. Graham said in his letter (Sept. 1) and we should give him kudos for the new screen (without stains), the digital sound and the list goes on, but definitely not for the interruption of movies.

As he writes “resistance is probably borne of what one is accustomed to” – isn’t he doing what many expats are blamed for; coming to the island and expecting things to change to what they are used to – forcing us to accept their way of doing business?

And then he is trying to sell us this change as a welcome chance to go to the bathroom, make a phone call or smoke a cigarette.

And, by the way, immediately before the interruption aggressive advertising spots remind the patron not to forget to buy snacks.

Two assertions made by Mr. Douglas Graham and his son Scott who manages the operation locally, need to be corrected.

First, it is not true that intermissions are a normal thing.

I spoke to a representative of the US National Association of Theater Owners and he confirmed that today intermissions are absolutely unusual. He said the trend is that even longer movies, which used to have intermissions are now shown without interruption. He termed intermissions as outdated.

Second, they claim they “installed the best cinema seats available in North America”.

Well, I don’t know where they were shopping for seats, but the fact is that they squeezed in more seats than in the old cinema, though the manager did not want to admit that when I spoke to him.

Maybe he forgot about the Compass of June 23, where it was reported that “the proprietors added more seats” (they have a total of 572 now). You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that we now have to put up with less width than before – and you feel it.

Summarizing, we can state that not all changes introduced from overseas are good. I guess everybody agrees that it was not a change for the good when the courteousness among drivers on Cayman roads gave way to the rude behaviour you experience abroad (like in the country I came from). Equally, it is also a matter of courtesy not to inconvenience the movie experience for the vast majority of the audience simply because a few patrons did not complete their business before the show – or simply because it is the owner’s policy.

Helmut Meissner