1. swanpride
    June 3, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    To answer you dubbing question: Depends. Usually they use a different voice actor for one of the stars for this one movie, but there are voice actors who do speak different depending on which role they have…in this case it might work to use the same, especially if the movie actors in question don’t share many scenes.

  2. Popcorn without a Microwave » Grounded Traveler
    May 1, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    […] popcorn. I don’t mind caramel corn or the like, but to sprinkle sugar instead of salt on a movie style big bowl of it, seems wrong. I am definitely in the salt and butter category. Even microwave […]

  3. Lena
    November 25, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    this made me laughed! because actually, while living in Canada, I had a post like that in mind … things I meant to complain about were:

    – no seats assigned so that you have to go to the theatre long before the movie opens to get in line, so that you’ll get a good spot

    – the salty popcorn


    i got used to both, though, I still prefer the German way. as for the dubbing: freiburg is particularly bad with that, in a bigger city like Hamburg, there will be usually at least 2 or 3 cinemas that show most of the films OV. i hate that about freiburg! I get the impression, it is improving though. if I see that a movie is shown in OV I always go there, to support this notion and have more (I hate dubbing, also, I would never watch Friends in German. I dont think I ever did, actually). You should try the aka, though. They show 99% OV and it’s cheap. http://www.aka-filmclub.de/ It’s msotly for students, but Im sure theyll make an exception when you tell them, you’re American.

    as for the ice cream break: i remeber, when I was yougner, there was always someone to sell the ice cream and lots of people bought. Now it is dieing. I don’t know why, but it makes me sad :/

    • Andrew
      November 25, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

      Thanks again. We were having this discussion about salty versus sweet popcorn just the other day. Seems you like what you grow up with. As for the seats, I do enjoy knowing what seat I got.

      I know of aka, but I get the idea that it is mostly artsy things and not the latest run of movies. If I want to see something I’ll usually buy the DVD for about the price of one ticket and the OV is always there.
      Welcome to Freiburg. πŸ™‚ It is a nice place despite the lack of OV movies. Kandelhof runs OV some. Friedrichshof (KaJo below Martinstor) and Harmonie sometimes too.

  4. Ira
    January 8, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    I love going to the movies in Germany. Actually my favorite movie theater is located in Germany, it’s called Schauburg and it’s in Karlsruhe. Very good selection, mostly independent films from around the globe, but nothing too artsy. Just discovering movie theaters in Berlin right now, have only been to the one am Alexanderplatz so far.

    • Andrew
      January 8, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

      Karlsruhe has some great movie theaters. I like the one at ZKM (think those are the right letters.) Oh for Berlin, definitely check out Potsdamer Platz. It has like 3 theaters and some really amazing architecture.
      I like movies too, I just wish more of them in Germany were original language with subtitles. Even though I can understand the German, it is disconcerting to hear it dubbed.

  5. Texaseric1
    November 1, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    thank you for your description, I visted my wife and kids in July ( I am moving to join them in dec) and when I was there we went to Berlin to see Toy Story 3 in english, and it was just like you said. My wife said the day before that she had to call and order tickets so that we would get good seats. I thought that was crazy, then once there she said I had to decide if I wanted salted or surgar popcorn I was like are you serious? Then I was really sad to see that there was no butter dispenser to add butter to the popcorn, very different experiance. I can tell you though that in America, much like Germany they haarted adding ads in addition to the previews of other movies, but we still dont have ice cream breaks LOL.

    • Andrew
      November 2, 2010 @ 7:04 am

      You’re welcome, thanks for the comment.
      Wow, I certainly remember salt and butter popcorn in the US, but nothing like an extra dispenser for you to add extra yourself. I’ve tried the sugar popcorn and it’s ok; but really not what I want when I’m watching a movie.

  6. Jen
    October 31, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    Our little theater in our village only has two screens – one upstairs and one on the main level, and they don’t always assign seats or show a lot of ads – it’s nice. The seat assignment thing is something to get used to! The big theater in Frankfurt that shows OV movies is more like you described. I love going to movies anywhere – U.S. or Germany. And I totally dig the beer thing, too!

    • Andrew
      November 2, 2010 @ 7:02 am

      Wow village theater sounds cool. Do they show English there?
      I like the seat assigning. It means a little negotiating with the ticket agent, but then you can show up whenever and get good seats. No getting there early for seats and 20 minutes of extra pre-ads ads.

  7. Mandi
    October 30, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    None of the theaters I’ve gone to in Hamburg actually sell ice cream during the ice cream break, but they make the break anyway after the ads — the curtains close, the lights come back on and everything — but alas, no ice cream. Which makes me wonder why they do it the first place if they’re not even going to serve ice cream. πŸ˜‰ Tradition, I’m guessing.

    • Andrew
      November 2, 2010 @ 7:01 am

      Do you go to German language showings? Like I commented above, I don’t see him often; but I have seen it. Not just the lights on part.

  8. Expat in Germany by Laurel
    October 29, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    I love going to movies in Germany, especially when I just want to get away from it all. I’m jealous though, they don’t have ice cream or butter for popcorn at the English theatre in Stuttgart πŸ™‚ I also had no idea that they used the same actor when dubbing in movies, very interesting! I have to agree with you about some of the voice choices though and I agree that Rachel on friends is one of the worst, but good for a laugh!

    • Andrew
      November 2, 2010 @ 7:00 am

      I don’t see the ice cream guy very often either, but I have seen them do it every so often. I’m totally jealous of an English Theatre in Stuttgart. Maybe they do the Ice cream here more in german language showings, which I rarely go to.