Sound Off: Do You Like or Dislike Movie Marathons?

Sound Off is a weekly theater-related discussion post here at Fandango where we talk about topical issues related to moviegoing.


With a fifth Die Hard movie in theaters this weekend and the Academy Awards next weekend, we've been seeing more and more movie marathons pop up at our local theaters. Various theaters across the country staged one with all five Die Hard movies, and several theater chains (including AMC) are hosting a 24-hour marathon of Oscar nominees the day before the ceremony. We've seen marathons related to the Twilight movies, Harry Potter movies and Marvel movies, and when Star Wars: Episode VII eventually hits theaters, we'll no doubt see a marathon for that series too. Heck, many of our friends and colleagues attend a 24-hour movie marathon in Austin, Texas every December called Butt-Numb-a-Thon in honor of Harry Knowles' (Ain't It Cool News) birthday.

But are these marathons worth it? Is the experience of spending 12-24 hours inside a dark movie theater overdosing on movies exciting and exhilarating or a waste of time? As someone who's used to watching four or five movies in one day at a film festival, I can certainly attest to the experience being somewhat exhausting, but also incredibly rewarding. There's nothing quite like giving all of yourself to movies for an extended period of time, and it's probably why these marathons continue to grow in popularity.

So that's what we're here to talk about this weekend. Have you ever attended a movie marathon before? If so, what did you think? What would you change, and what's your best advice to those contemplating a movie marathon at their local theater in the near future.

Sound off below, and enjoy your weekend at the movies!

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