From the Balcony

Time Changes

While we try to keep showtimes consistent so that we don’t confuse customers (and so that we–okay I–don’t get confused too), sometimes we have to shift a showtime around. This didn’t used to be a problem, because most movies were a brisk 90 minutes and the extra-long opus was a rarity. Now, however, a lot of movies clock in around 2 hours (would you have imagined that The Intern was 2 hours 1 minute?), and movies at 2 hours 15 minutes or 2 hours 30 minutes are more frequent.

This just makes for an extra-long night on a weeknight, but for a weekend movie, it often means that we can’t start at 5:00 and 7:30 as usual. For a 2 hour 15 minute movie, we’ll usually push the late show back to 7:45, because 15 minutes doesn’t make that much of a difference. But for a movie that’s over 2 hours 20 minutes, we would have to push the showtime back to 8:00, and that means the movie wouldn’t be done until around 10:30, and that’s getting pretty late. So for the extra-long movies, you might see showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30, or for the really, really, really extra-long movies you might just see one show per night, even on the weekend.

Luckily, this doesn’t effect our 2:00 Friday matinees, because they’re early enough in the day that it would take a 5-hour movie to push the Friday night show back. So keep on enjoying the matinees until they close down with the return of Daylight Savings Time in the Spring, but keep an eye on the showtimes for other weekend shows.

So what’s the bottom line? Check your showtimes before you come. Whether you get your news from the weekly emailed schedule, the website, Facebook, or our phone message, check and double-check, because you don’t want to show up late–or have to stand out in the cold.

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