Again with the intermissionsFor long, long, long time readers of this blog, you might remember way back in June of last year when I first started pondering the feasibility of running intermissions during our films. Since that post was written, we had pretty much come to the conclusion that we were going to use platters - a big piece of machinery that allows you to feed an entire feature film, without interruption, into the projector. Everything we'd planned and budgeted for up to this point was leading us towards platters, but then came yesterday when we received the first draft of our building plans from the architect.
As it turns out, the projection booth is going to be a lot smaller than we had perviously imagined. In fact, it's so small that I can't think of anything funny to say about it. I was going to say something about me being hoisted into the projection booth by means of a pointed stick, but then I considered the logistics, not to mention the implications of such a procedure, and thought better of saying it. We must think of the children!
Now... where was I? Oh yeah. No matter how I pushed and crammed and flipped and flammed the platter around in the projection booth, I couldn't get the damn thing to fit. Seriously, it's friggin' huge! The only alternative is to use a reel-to-reel setup, which means building up the film on 6,000 foot reels (roughly 80 minutes worth of footage) and feeding it through the projector. Due to similar projection booth size constraints, Ragtag has their projector setup in a similar fashion, which is why they're forced to have intermissions.
So it looks like there's no way around it... the Moxie will have intermissions. Will it help us boost Cinebar sales? Hopefully. Will some of the intermissions be awkwardly placed? Probably. Will some guy, or girl, stand up during an intermission and say, "look man, if you don't start that film again, I'm going to cut you!" and then brandish a large knife and/or a shard of glass, with one end bandaged up so he won't cut his hand, at me? Most definitely.
FOCUS GROUP UNITE!
What do you guys think about intermissions? The original post garnered several interesting comments, but that was back when the Moxie Blog was a "blog of note" and our audience hadn't been pruned down to the true cinephiles and/or Springfieldians, as it is now. So, have at it. If you think intermissions suck, let your voice be heard. If you think it will add character to our theater - and by character I mean "money" - then send a check or money order to:
P.O. Box 149
Springfield, MO 65801