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Has Long Movie Trailers Ruined The Theater Experience?


You know me I’m a movie buff, love going to the movies. Don’t get me wrong but I always enjoy watching the movie trailers for upcoming movies. Lately, though watching the trailers has become longer and longer.

I don’t remember what movie I was so hyped up to watch but after watching about 30 minutes of trailers I was ready to take a nap. And to make matters worse instead of giving you a short tease about the movie, they seem to pack in the full three best scenes of the story, showing you absolutely every good scene; by the time you finally see the movie all you can do is await all the parts you already know are coming.

If this bothers you, you’re not alone. The National Association of Theater Owners are coming out with some guidelines to help streamline movie trailers. First off, they want all trailers to be two minutes or less, down from nearly three minutes that we get now. They also are recommending that trailers should not be shown more than four months ahead of release of a film. These may seem like minor differences, but could make a big difference when you’re sitting in your favorite theater next summer.

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