These days when a film is well over two hours long, and many are way too long, you sit through the whole film in one go. I remember something different, from a different time:
A chance to go to the washroom, and get more food and drink. These opportunities came to me while taking in pictures such as Battle of Britain, El Cid, Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Hey, I'm not cynical. Give me an intermission today so I can make an early escape from over-length 'pictures' such as....
I could have used an intermission for Forrest Gump and Avatar, to name just a few.