You mention the length of trailers and what not. Noticed this when I was home in the US this summer. Here in Hungary it's a lot nicer. I reserved our seats in the morning, on-line. We showed up about half an hour before show time to buy them. Then we hung out at a book store and toy store in the mall for a little bit and went into the theater about 10 minutes before the movie started. We took our seats, watched 3 trailers maybe and the film started. Really nice.
When I took my son to see the new Transformers I don't think it started until well beyond 30 minutes after the listed showtime. It was a long movie and much later than I anticipated when we left. Not the end of the world, but annoying.
The only downside, and this is just for us, is that we have limited options to see the film in English and there was no straight original version. Dubbed or subbed and the subtitles were unfortunately distracting a few times when the chosen shots put actors at the bottom of the screen. All 3d showings were dubbed so that was out as well, but we prefer 2d anyway.