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Five reasons to go to the theatre alone

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A lot of people are worried about the future of theatres. The TV screens have grown so big that they’re almost as big as the screens in the smaller salons at the multiplex theatre. The supply of movies you can watch online has exploded. So why would anyone apart from the most severe cases of cinephilia go to the cinema in our time?

One answer that I’ve seen come up from those who work in the business is that movie going mainly is a social activity. It’s something to do when you meet up with your family and friends, an alternative to having a meal at a restaurant or a game at the bowling hall. If you’re to believe those voices, theatres should adjust to this, offering parties services such as dinner serving and drinks while the film is playing.

I’m a little bit skeptic to this, but if this is what eventually will save theatre culture, I’m all for it.

However I don’t share the view that going to the movies necessarily is a social activity. Of course I enjoy the rare occasions when our entire family manages to agree about a film that everyone wants to see (usually Woody Allen’s latest film). I also love the monthly meet-ups with Filmspanarna, a network of Swedish film bloggers who watch a movie together and then rip it to pieces at a pub-meeting afterwards.

But most of my theatre visits are done in solitude and I don’t mind it at all. I would even argue that there are advantages about it, once you’ve gotten over notion that there’s a social stigma to be on your own. (For your record there isn’t; it’s all in your imagination.)

I’ll give you five reasons why it’s better to go to the theatre alone:

1. There’s more room for your stuff

When you’re in company you usually have to options where to put your coat and handbag: either on the floor, where it can soak up the spilled soda and the popcorn leftovers from the screening before, or in your knee, where it soon will raise your temperature to sauna levels.

The soloist doesn’t have those issues. Provided the film isn’t sold out (and honestly, very few are), you’re likely to end up with plenty of empty seats around you, which will serve you both as a safety zone to aggressive snack eaters and as a wardrobe.

2. No risk for awkward surprises

I don’t know how you feel about it, but I think it’s pretty awkward when what you thought was a family movie all of a sudden turns into a graphic sex flic. Especially if you’re in company with your parents or children. Go alone and you’re safe from awkward surprises.

 

3. If you need to give someone the evil eye, it’s to a stranger

OK, I’m really a coward when it comes to tell people to shut up, regardless how well they deserve it. But I’m good at giving them the evil eye. Sadly they don’t always notice, but I’m working on it. One day a look from me is going to burn a hole in the offender’s chest, I swear.

But what if the one who doesn’t understand that you have to be quiet when the film runs actually is in your company, but not someone as close to you that you can hush them comfortably?

If you’re on your own you will still encounter annoying people at the movies, but you can feel free to hate on them since they’re not your friends.

 

4. You’re free from influence from others

Views on movies are infectious. If someone else in your party doesn’t like the film, it’s impossible not to feel the vibes. A dense “this movie sucks” atmosphere can suck the joy out of a movie that you actually would have loved if you’d been on your own. I admit that you sometimes experience the opposite: when the enthusiasm of your friend spills over to you. But you always run the risk to be exposed to a dementor when you’re in a party. Go to the theatre on your own and you know you’re safe.

5. You’re the only one to suffer if it’s bad

Watching bad movies isn’t so bad as long as I’m on my own. Bad movies serve a purpose too: I can always blog about them and they remind me of how much crap there is out there and how good the films I usually watch are in comparison. If you’re in company it’s another issue, especially if you’re the one who talked the party into picking one movie over another and it turns out to be horrible. It gets ten times worse, truly painful. Go alone and be safe!

Do you agree or disagree? Plese feel free to share your own best arguments to go to the theatre alone – or in a party!

Written by Jessica

November 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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  1. Great post Jessica. I agree with all five but number four stood out most. It’s very difficult to get into a film when you know the your friend or relative can’t wait for it to be over. By that point your concentration is gone and feel the need to agree with them. I don’t know why but it does happen. I’m all for going alone. I prefer it that way.

    Mark Walker

    November 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    • Thanks Mark! And I agree about how nice it is not to have to think about the views of others. It’s really a liberating feeling, one of the big benefits of going alone.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  2. I’ve started to avoid putting my coat on empty seats, unless the theatre is REALLY empty.

    It’s just more polite to save seats for people who payed for them. I typically either hang my coat on the back of the seat (which sometimes annoys people behind me) or place it on the front of the seat, before I sit down.

    Sean Kelly

    November 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • In Sweden we have pre-booked seats, so it’s not as if I’m causing trouble for someone else. If someone turns up who have that seat, I’ll of course remove my stuff. But most screenings are less than half full, so often I end up having empty seats around me.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  3. Jessica, I’ve gone to the theaters alone for a while, but it’s been more frequent since my daughter was born. It’s more of an event when both of us are able to go together to the theater, and there are some movies that my wife just isn’t interested in going to that much effort to see.

    The key point of your five for me is #4. I’ve noticed that even when I try to be objective and not get influenced by others, it’s really hard to not be affected when friends or family really like or hate a movie. I still like going with others to movies, but if I go alone, there are some definite benefits.

    Dan Heaton

    November 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    • There are moments when point 4 can speak for going in group: if you’re on the same page as everyone else. If you really really love a film and everyone else really really loves it, it’s nice swimming around in this love for a while.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  4. Where to begin!!

    On point 1: 100% agree, nearly any paid session I go to is relatively empty (ie 75-90% empty!) so I’m quick to put my wallet / phone / car keys out of my pocket and onto the empty seat next to me. Ahhh, freedom. Also means you get both armrests!

    #2: I feel responsible for the film being bad if I take a friend, even if I warn them what my vibe thinks it will be like.

    #3: I get a few screening invites and my list of people I can take is dwindling rapidly. Seems 70% of my friends like to talk / fidget / whip out there phones (nooooo!) or just generally be annoying during movies. Such a shame. I too never tell off strangers, but a noticeable glance in their direction usually gives them the gist.

    I always wonder how affected I am by #4, but agree 100% that it’s more likely your opinion is skewed if you discuss with someone straight after as their feelings will influence what you’ve just seen.

    Point 5 probably doesn’t affect me much, although it’s a valid point, why dish out the pain to others as well!

    Love the list and idea of the blog post, I am a big fan of going to the cinema by myself, it’s simply more peaceful and a better cinematic experience. That being said, I often take others, especially for movies I’m not that excited for haha.

    Alex Thomas

    November 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and for your long and well thought out comment!
      As of point 1 we almost only have pre-booked seats in Sweden. When it’s the cinema staff that perform the bookings, people tend to end up sitting close to each other, crowded in the middle of the theatre. But when you book online, picking the seat by yourself, it’s easy to pick one towards the side and you’ll often have free seats close to you where you can put your stuff.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  5. I’ve never actually been to the cinema on my own. I don’t know why, I’ve just never done it. It’s not something i’m against and there have been a few times recently when I have considered it but because of other commitments, I haven’t had chance to go. Like Mark, it’s number 4 that stands out for me. There are certain people who, if they’re not liking a film, will make it blatantly obvious. This is even worse if it’s a film you have been really looking forward to or one that you dragged them along to as it can completely spoil it and the ride home.

    Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop

    November 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Really? Then I definitely think you should consider trying it. Once you get over the mental barrier you might have, you’ll see how great it is in many aspects.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  6. Haha great post. I’ve started going to movies alone quite a bit of late, mostly because it’s a nightmare finding people to go with you and then missing out on films you really wanted to see. I will say though that point number 5 isn’t always the case. I need someone there to bitch about a bad movie. Watching The Amazing Spider-Man alone was almost as painful as the movie itself.

    nikhatz

    November 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    • Thanks! Yes, why go through a nightmare when you can easily solve the problem watching the movies you want to watch on your own.
      It’s true that it’s nice to bitch about a film in company with others, but that’s what blogging and tweeting is for!
      This said: I actually liked The Amazing Spider-Man. I saw it in company with my daughter who loved it and that probably helped a bit for my appreciation. Contaminated you know…

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  7. I completely agree with your points here. I usually watch films alone, but I’ve been appreciating the joys of watching films with others more often lately. For me, I think there needs to be a balance. I’ll always like taking my wife or kids to see the latest Pixar or good animated film in the theatre, but the responses to other films are mixed. Usually watching a film with others is best at home where we can make comments and not disturb anyone else.

    Steve Kimes

    November 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    • It’s not black or white. I too can enjoy seeing a film with my entire family when we can agree about something. This week we watched Argo together and really enjoyed it, especially when it turned out that everyone really really liked it.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  8. Great post. I almost always go alone these days and I prefer it that way(although I do feel self-conscious about it sometimes).

    #2 is sooooo true. I recently took my mom and some cousins to see Flight and it was very uncomfortable. They are all conservative Christians and the movie was a barrage of dirty words, nudity, sex, alcohol and drugs. Definitely affects your experience.

    Squasher88

    November 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    • Thank you! Stop feeling self-conscious! You’ve got a ton of friends in your on-line network to talk about the film before and after the screening. But then at the screening you can rest assure that you’ll be in your own bubble. This way you get the best of two worlds.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  9. Brilliant post, I had just been talking about this earlier as I have been many times to the cinema alone and don’t find it strange. Let’s face it once the film starts you don’t often talk to the people you have gone with. I agree when you say that you can be influenced by those around you in a cinema too.

    Caz

    November 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    • Thank you! Yes, the company is really before and after. Basically you could have company to the theatre, then split up and see different movies rather than trying to agree about one, and then meet up afterwards… During a film screening is really not the time to be social.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  10. I only go to the theater to see a movie a few times a year, so when I do go it’s to watch a movie I really want to see, and I go alone. I do it for all the reasons you listed, as well as the fact that I get to see my number one choice. I don’t have to negotiate with anyone to see it, or compromise to a second or third choice, which is pretty common when you go with someone else. (Broadly stereotyping: he wants to see “Sh*t Blows Up”, she wants to see “They Cried All Night”, and they compromise by seeing “Bland Boy Meets Uninteresting Girl” – leaving neither movie-goer really happy.)

    Chip Lary

    November 24, 2012 at 1:31 am

    • I think the rarer your visits are, the more careful do you need to be in your choices. Going alone seems much to prefer to doing bad compromizes.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  11. Probably an expansion or a different point of view of #4 – sometimes after I have watched a film I really do not want to talk about it. It is not actually so much a matter as not being influenced by others, as just wanting to have time to encompass within oneself what one has watched.

    I haven’t been the cinema for a long time now, but there was a time some years back when I did go and see perhaps half a dozen films a year. Now, I do not drive and the public transport where I live after about 6pm is a joke. It is 4,5-5 miles (7-8km) from my house to the cinema, and I used to walk it. Had some very good walks home at 10 or later at night, contemplating the film I have just seen, wonderfully alone in my own little bubble.

    stnylan

    November 24, 2012 at 1:42 am

    • I know exactly what you mean about wanting to be quiet after some films. I feel the same. At those moments a chatty company can feel like quite of a burden.

      I can see why you don’t go to theatres that often if you live so far away from it. In your situation I think I’d prefer a bicycle… I live about 2-3 km from the theatre, which is a perfect distance to contemplate the movie on your way home.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  12. Loved this post. I’ve been going to the movies by myself for years and I’ve always preferred it.

    Dave Enkosky

    November 24, 2012 at 2:14 am

    • Thank you! I’m glad you’ve found your own way to enjoy movies best!

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  13. “However I don’t share the view that going to the movies necessarily is a social activity.” Amen, Jessica. Amen. I tend to view going to the movies as a spiritual activity. Which might be a romanticized way to look at it but, hey, that’s me.

    I almost always attend the movies by myself and I love that photo you use of “Star Trek: Next Generation” because whenever I do attend with someone else and that someone else starts talking to me DURING the movie, that’s how I look.

    Nick

    November 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    • A spiritual activity! That’s actually a good way to describe it. A moment of quiet meditiation in a mental room of your own. Thanks for putting the image in my head!

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  14. I’m fairly impervious to other people’s opinions of films but I do always feel like a downer when they say “what did you think” and I didn’t like the film, as is usually the case. The other aspects are secondary but occasionally relevant to why going on my own is generally preferable. Interesting that some have mentioned fidgeting…I’m definitely a fidgeter (those chairs aren’t exactly comfortable and there’s not exactly ample legroom) so its possible I can annoy those around me. I don’t get distracted by such things generally.

    At this point my main reason for going solo is scheduling. I just can’t be bothered to accommodate other people’s schedules considering my unique scheduling needs.

    Bondo

    November 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    • Yes, I agree about that it’s just as saddening to let other people down being honest about not liking a film as it is to hear other people complain about something you genuinely loved. When you’re on your own you’re safe from that.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  15. Great post Jessica.

    Go to the movies alone? I feel depressed and self-concious about it. But I try to learn to do it.

    1 it’s really nice to have the seats next to you free. You get to own the armrests. But the few times I have been alone it has been full house viewings…

    2 Not a huge problem for me, no kids. I did see The lord of the rings with my mother. We sat at the end of the row so she could easily walk out for toilet breaks now and then (twices)

    3 Really an argument to watch movies at home. And a strong one. I get annoyed when people talk, or have any annoying ticks that is visible/sounding

    4 Agree, and often experienced. Last at a screening of Isn’t anyone alive…

    5 Haha, it is a sensitive question. I try to not feel gulity after chosing a film that sucks. But I never succeeds. 🙂

    Henke

    November 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    • Thanks! Keep working on it and you’ll learn to appreciate it!
      For me it happens incredibly rarely that I’m in a full theatre when I’m on my own. I guess I reserve the block busters for my family and go to the strange arthouse films that noone else wants to see on my own…
      I agree that it’s most awkward with your children.
      Knowing about your home movie arrangement I can see why it’s a good alternative to you. To me theatre will always be superior.
      Yeah, I was actually thinking a bit about Isn’t anyone alive… 🙂
      You seem to be much more prone to feel guilty than I do. You should definitely go alone more often!

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  16. Never went to the cinema alone. I should probably try it. Another reason I can think of, is that you can choose your own movie and not feel bad if you picked a horrible movie.

    PS: my quiz bunny comes out.Cinema Paradiso, American Beauty, Star Trek.

    carrandas

    November 25, 2012 at 2:38 am

    • Yes, less need to compromise and end up with everyone unhappy. I recommend it!

      The screens are from the top:

      top: Cinema Paradiso
      1. Not sure which one, I googled untill I found an image of a filmstar wearing a lot of fur…
      2. Not sure about the eyes either. It’s from a film, I never noticed which one. Is that the one you think is American Beauty
      3. Don
      4. Bring it on
      5. Some Star Trek TNG episode, don’t know which.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      • Thanks for the list 🙂

        I thought the cheerleaders were from American Beauty.

        carrandas

        November 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  17. A great list! The problem with having company is that I’m always concerned for their welfare — thinking, ‘are they enjoying it?’, ‘do they want to be here?’ — you’re neurologically different when with other people. Cinema-wise, it’s best to be alone.

    Kid In The Front Row

    November 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    • Thanks! Yes, I think there’s something about your entire system that makes you more relaxed on your own. At least that’s how it is to me.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  18. Marvelous post, Jessica. Agree on all counts but 4 stood out the most. It’s so weird when that happens. By the way, I almost always go to the movies alone. I prefer it that way. Not that I’m antisocial, sometimes I like to go with a (quiet, respectful) friend, but I enjoy the movie so much more and pay attention when I’m on my own.

    fernandorafael

    November 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    • Thank you Fernando. It’s so wonderful to hear about everyone else out there who also enjoy to watch movies on their own. We’re not alone in being alone when we go to the theatres!

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      • Sometimes people give you these judgmental looks but then I forget about them and just enjoy the show.

        fernandorafael

        November 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        • The only time I feel a bit weird nowadays is if I go to a children’s matinee alone. I think I got a couple of odd glances when I saw Arrietty, though it might have been my imagination. On the other hand when I saw the new Muppet movie, there were about 7-8 people in the theatre, and all of us were grown-ups on our own. 🙂

          Jessica

          November 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  19. Completely agree! Its strange that so many people see going to the cinema as a social thing because you just sit there in silence!

    I do enjoy going to the cinema on my own. It’s almost like my own quiet time.

    Jaina

    November 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    • Thanks Jaina! And I agee about having your “own quiet time”. It’s really precious. A wonderful little bubble to slip into.

      Jessica

      November 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  20. EXACTLY. I often go to the cinemas alone – even though I really do enjoy going with my friends – and I like it a lot better. I especially like it because I’m free from the influence of others. And personally, I don’t like people breathing all over me in cinemas, so that’s another bonus of going alone.

    Plus, it is cool going alone because usually the other cinema goers like to have a chat. For example, there was a guy at my second viewing of The Dark Knight Rises who was also on his second watch. We had a glorious chat together as we walked out of the cinemas. I think it is interesting to get stranger’s perspective.

    Stevee

    November 26, 2012 at 2:11 am

    • Socializing as you’re walking out, that’s great! Sadly I have to admit that the only times I can remember doing it is when I’ve seen a truly terrible movie that you just HAD to bitch about and it was evident that everyone was on the same page. But there’s no reason to be so shy, really.

      Jessica

      November 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

  21. Great article matey. I do enjoy going to the theatre on my own. It is nice to be solely involved with the film and this may be a little selfish of me, but hey who care!!

    Although the run up to the film when the cinema is filling up, i do not like doing that on my own….. I get embarrassed looking like a billy no mates

    • Thanks Scott! You just need to get over the embarassment. You’re an adult!

      Jessica

      November 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  22. I like to go to the cinema on my own, for the reasons you stated. But the stigma exists, at least here. If you talk to people about a movie you saw and they notice you went to the cinema alone they sometimes openly begin to question this. But the very same people have no problem with talking about the trash TV they watched the evening before alone. Not owning a TV going to the cinema is my substitute. Honestly, I rank them in value…

    There are events in cinema that I wouldn’t go to alone. Just last weekend there was a short film festival in the local cinema. One block at 23:15 h was about early erotic movie scenes (from the beginning of movie until around 1930). Going to this alone, as a middle-aged male, would have felt funny…

    Hauke

    November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • Oh dear… sometimes I wonder if we don’t worry too much. Do people really pay as much attention to us as we imagine? A middle-aged male at a screening of erotic movie scenes sounds perfectly normal in my ears. 🙂 I think you’ll get more strange looks at a children’s matinee a Saturday afternoon. This said: I think you’re perfectly entitled to go and watch any kind of movie on your own without getting strange looks. Even a child’s film.

      Jessica

      November 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      • 😉
        Well, Swedes are a little more libertarian (clichés about Swedes are very ambiguous here: square and libertarian at the same time). Honestly, it is not that bad in the city where I live, directly at the Danish border with their liberal views (there is a movie category called “Danish Westerns” here, from times when legal restrictions concerning “mature content” were much stricter in Germany than in Denmark), and the two biggest corporations for “marital hygiene” were founded here and coined this town. So it wouldn’t be much of a topic to watch this screening (it would be in other places where I lived!). But for the “alone” part I definitely would get snarky comments from friends and colleagues. I don’t guess that, I already got those comments.

        At least certain children’s movies (like Pixar’s) run at the early evening in the first week here so it was possible to watch e.g. “Merida” at 20 h. Still there were a lot of kids but it was civilized. The problem with afternoon matinées is not so much going there alone but more the sound level. Children sometimes enjoy movies more expressively. Which is fine, but not my cup of tea.

        Oh, and I just came back from a 18h screening of “Cold Blood” that I saw alone. I mean alone, in the whole cinema. I explicitly checked in their app a few minutes before the start that I would be alone. I should do that more often…

        Hauke

        November 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        • Oh, I agree about the soundlevel. That is really what keeps me from seeing more animated movies than I do. I would prefer night screening for grown-ups with subtitles and original voices. But that’s pretty rare.

          I’ve seen two movies on my own during the last year: Beginners and a documentary about Woody Allen. Especially Beginners was a special experience since it was so emotional. I enjoyed being alone but at the same time I can’t help worrying about the future of cinema when those situations occur.

          Jessica

          November 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

          • Luckily it was in a multiplex, no big danger there, they are averaging. But the small cinema in town cancelled their late screenings (23h) some time ago. It was dangerous to go there at the end, they didn’t show the movie when less than three people attended. So going there alone meant that you could leave without seeing the movie sometimes (or buy additional tickets – what I even did once, at 3€ per ticket it wasn’t a big deal).

            Hauke

            November 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

            • That’s sad to hear. Our only idependent arthouse theatre has been owned by a family for ages. Now the last old man is retiring and turning it over to a non-profit organization that more easily can apply for public support. I hope that will keep it safe for some years to come.

              Jessica

              November 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  23. I think that my going to movies alone bothers strangers more than it bothers me. As a reviewer and movie fan, I often see films alone. This past weekend I saw the evening session of SKYFALL alone and received many odd glances. Where they pity? amusement? I’m not sure. The cinema can be an oasis, and seeing a movie alone can be a really great retreat.

    Sam McCosh (@sakura_59)

    November 28, 2012 at 5:29 am

    • Let the strangers be bothered as much as they like. The important thing is to not let their worries affect your experience and enjoyment of the oasis.

      Jessica

      November 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

  24. They already have those fancy ‘vip’ theatres here where there’s a swanky bar just outside the doors, and they serve dinner before the show. I guess that’s cool for a date night or something, but other than that, I don’t really see the attraction of it. I go to movies to watch movies, not to hang out. As you say, there’s always the pub for that.

    Bonjour Tristesse

    November 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    • No, I doubt this will become the great thing that will save cinema. For me the USP of watching movies in a theatre is the big screen (the bigger the better), better sound, a dark room where nothing will pull my attention away from the film. Sometimes also the audience. Yes! For comedies and horror movies it helps for the appreciation to see it in a full theatre. Anyway: I’m not going to a theatre to have dinner.

      Jessica

      November 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

  25. I loved your post and you are right about each one of the 5 points. I, personally, love going to the movies alone, but I sometimes feel weird doing it, just because people here tend to find it strange seeing someone sitting alone in a theater. That’s why I usually go at lunch time or early afternoon, and lately I have been surprised to see many people in the same situation- enjoying a film without company!

    Diana

    November 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    • Thank you! I sometimes wonder if people really look at us as strangely as we think. Perhaps we’re putting more into it than there really is. This said: I love seeing movies at odd times with little people in the theatre. There’s something very relaxing about it.

      Jessica

      December 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  26. Out of the many movies I’ve seen in theaters, I’ve only seen 2, maybe 3 movies alone. One of them recently was the Dark Knight Rises. I do admit to falling for the imaginary social stigma of going to the theater alone. One other benefit of going to the theater alone is the cost savings. You don’t have to buy two tickets and double the snacks, or 3-4 tickets and all sorts of snacks and drinks if it’s a family event, and with theater prices, especially if you’re seeing a 3D or IMAX movie, that can add up pretty quickly.

    Of course, I would never go to a movie opening night by myself, being in a full theater with a bunch of people I don’t know is likely to impact my feelings of the movie in a negative way just because I would feel too uncomfortable.

    Bubbawheat

    December 4, 2012 at 4:15 am

    • I think there’s something wonderful about watching a movie in a full theatre at the opening night. It’s rare I do that alone, but I don’t think I would feel awkward about it. I guess I’ve come over that part about feeling uncomfortable.

      You’re right about costs. I’ve just bought tickets for the entire family to the premier of The Hobbit in 3D+HFR. Ouch. That hurt my wallet. Still I must say that it’s a great pleasure when you manage to find a film that everyone loves equally much. That was the case with Argo. It was worth every cent I spent on bringing my family to see it.

      Jessica

      December 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

      • I agree, the last movie I went to with the family was Wreck it Ralph, and that was totally worth it. Debating whether or not I’ll see Hobbit in theaters.

        Bubbawheat

        December 5, 2012 at 2:03 am


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