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Intermission


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Let's all go to the lobby
Let's all go to the lobby
Let's all go to the lobby
And have ourselves a treat

Once upon a time, when bladders were smaller, attention spans were shorter, and people actually went to the theatre to see films instead of illegally streaming them off of the internet, there was a thing called an intermission. This was a time when people got out of their seats and walked around in the lobby talking with their fellow patrons of the arts and using the facilities. This broke up the pacing of a film and changed a monolith into something considered in smaller parts. During the intermissions themselves it was common to show cartoons with catchy jingles enticing the audience to head to the lobby and buy themselves some refreshments.

These days, intermissions are far less common, but that hasn't stopped them from popping up in all sorts of media, including a few where they don't even seem to make sense such as web comics. Films are still the most common outside of theatre though. Bonus points if the intermission is included in the home video version.

In Theatre Intermissions are still standard practice as they give a break to let the stage crew change the set around, but in other media, that isn't so true. That doesn't stop them from showing up at times though, often for humour's sake and often inappropriately.

As almost all theatre productions involve intermissions, so don't list one of them here unless it's particularly noteworthy.


Examples

Films with proper intermissions:

Films with joke intermissions:

Theatre with notable intermissions:

Live Action TV

New Media
  • Many live video streaming networks have a set of intermissions to use for whenever there's a sudden break in the action, such as when the streamer needs a break.

Web Comics

Western Animation

Video Games
  • Quest For Glory 2 parodies this with an intermission during the off screen brigand battle.
  • Unreal: Return To Na Pali, has this between missions.
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