Grand EGV?

Last night when I went to see Batman Begins (which was great) I noticed how old and ratty Grand EGV is looking these days. Maybe I’m imagining it because I had to wait an hour and a half for the film but the entire place looks like it could use a good clean, repaint and just general tidying up.

The amount of staff serving customers could be improved too, since the hour and a half wait was a result of the delay in purchasing the tickets. There were about 20 people in line and two staff serving them! In the western world this wouldn’t be a problem, but I’ve noticed that Thai people seem to take an inordinate amount of time to buy tickets. It probably doesn’t help that the staff are forced to follow ridiculously complicated processes where half the work is by computer, the other half by paper and they still have to get up and walk into the office area to do ‘something’.

My whole reason for posting was actually to comment on the amazingly long and numerous commercials before the film! I’ve never sat through so many commercials before a film in my life, not to mention that just as the film was set to begin (after we’d all paid respect to the King) the projectionist screwed up and we had to wait a nother few minutes while he figured out how to work the projector.

Has anyone else who’s been to Grand EGV recently noticed the huge amount of commercials before a film??

15 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

    I cant say that the amount of ads at EGV struck me as being unusual compared to my local – SFX Emporium, but let’s face it: there’s a lot of ads before movies all the time these days.

    And you are right: what makes it so hard for Thais to buy movie tickets? The amount of times you get stuck behind a couple of them desperately attempting to choose seats… you’d think they were trying to name a child or something. I mean, all you have to do is choose a film (assume you have done this before entering the cinema), choose a time (fairly easy, surely?), choose seats (sticking point for Thais, it seems), pay (can’t be that hard). And it’s not like you can really blame the cashier (at least, at SFX) beause they process me in under a minute!

  2. Bonifide (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 8:35 pm

    I bang my head constantly against the seat infront of me everytime I have to sit through the hour long commercial screening at the movies. X_x

  3. chris (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 10:19 pm

    I timed it today before a Batman Begins’ screening. The ads started 5 min before the ‘supposed’ screening time, and the movie actually started 25 minutes later.

    EGV Central World Plaza.

  4. Jon Taylor (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 11:09 pm

    I just got back from spending a month in Thailand and never made it to that theater. I went across the street to the SF Cinema at the MBK to see Episode 3 and I thought it was awesome. Much nicer than theaters we have in good ol’ Arkansas, USA.


  5. him (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 11:44 pm

    Generally the cinemas in BKK rival anything I have seen in the UK, US and Australia. Of all the cinemas here, I think – as Ben said – EGV Grand needs a little renovation (except for Gold Class which I *love*). Alongside that, WTC is looking even more shoddy than it ever did.

    But, for sheer quality, I do rate SF best I think – Emporium is great and so is MBK (especially Lunar).

  6. Jib (unregistered) on June 19th, 2005 @ 1:34 am

    Just back from EGV Seacon SQ, I timed it too, 25 mins before the Smiths came out.
    To be honest, I like the long commercial coz i always late for the showtime wa ha ha. Yes, the one trying to get thru for the seat, stepping on your feet when the movie begin… it’s me!

  7. Ben Harris (unregistered) on June 19th, 2005 @ 12:11 pm

    From your comments I think you guys are all confusing previews with ads. The amount of time I was talking about excluded previews, they were long over. The ads just kept going and going. Anyway, it seems that either it was just a once off, or it that it was just me.

  8. Paul (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 10:33 am

    These problems are not unique to Thai theaters. Pre-movie ad revenues have become a huge money earner for American theater chains, and those have similarly stretched out to the point where films are starting up to a half hour after their printed screening times, prompting one Congressman to propose legislation requiring under penalty of law that ads be screened before the printed time and not after so that films actually start on time (that guy is a real American hero in my book).

    As annoying as it is to get stuck in a queue behind people who stuggle with the decision of where to sit, I still think the Thai system is light-years ahead of the American system, which issues tickets for non-assigned seating, prompting people to queue up before the show just so that they can race into the theater and scramble for the optimal seat. Here, we can get our tickets (sometimes even many many hours before the show), then take our time shopping or grabbing something to eat, and then stroll in at our leisure to pre-assigned seats (which also allows people to even show up a few minutes late and bypass many of the commercials without having to sit in the crappy front-row-left-corner seats).

  9. Ben Harris (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    I completely agree that reserved seating is the way to go. I recall many times having to literally run to get a good seat in Sydney and if you’re late, you’re out of luck.

  10. him (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 10:51 am

    I havent been to the cinema in the states since the late 90s but I am amazed they still dont assign seats! Is that everywhere? Even the UK lets you choose seats now (although they sometimes dont bother for shows that will be mostly empty – say, 11am on a wednesday).

    BTW I went the cinema twice in sydney and got assigned seats both times :)

  11. Paul (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

    The last time I saw a movie stateside was perhaps 2000, and they didn’t have assigned seats. Hopefully, things have changed since then, but even if they did, that still puts them 5-10 years behind the curve.

    I also agree with Jon that theaters here are so much nicer than in the states. Floors sticky with soda & popcorn, seats dust & dinghy from too many years of use, ugh!

  12. Bonifide (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 11:41 am

    As of a few months ago, US citizens were still scrambling to claim their seats.

  13. Ben Harris (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 1:53 pm

    The cinema’s in Sydney that do reserved seating tend to be the more expensive ones, so yes, they do have it to a limited degree.

  14. him (unregistered) on June 24th, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    Right. I finally saw Batman and it DIDNT have an abnormal amount of adverts or trailers. In fact, I think it had slightly less than usual as a couple of the regular DTac and Heinekin ads were not show. So, top tip to you all: dump those shit cinemas you frequent and get along to Emporium :)

  15. gothgirl (unregistered) on July 4th, 2005 @ 12:11 am

    i never be on time
    so i never get stuck on the ads

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