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Watching movies in a theatre is usually considered to be a group activity. People go to the movies on a date, with friends, making it this large group project wherein they start to plan it days or sometimes weeks in advance.
Just like eating out alone, I am confused as to why people think it’s strange to watch movies alone?
The first time I went to the movies alone I remember was mostly due to the fact that no one was willing to go with me.
Since it was last day before the film was coming down I thought, screw it, let’s just go alone. I simply could not miss this movie at any cost.
Turns out it was the best decision of my life and I realised what a delight it really was to not have anyone hanging off of me the whole 3 hours and I could enjoy myself to the fullest.
Right from the ticket: one ticket is almost always available, and the theatre staff is more prone to helping you out if it’s just 1 seat instead of 2, 3 or more.
Then actually choosing the seat: you can literally sit anywhere, in the middle so you can get the effects from the screen full or to the side if you want to be able to leave to get food or to the restroom without having to say “excuse me” to 15 different people, who are most probably judging you and cursing you in their head.
To finally getting whatever you want to eat: as per your exact wishes and not having to adjust to someone else’s demands and even enjoying the movie.
All of it is just better when you are alone instead of with someone.
Furthermore, while watching the actual movie I didn’t have to worry about spoiling something for the other person or making them understand if they hadn’t seen the other movies in the series.
I simply hated doing this especially when I watched the Harry Potter or Marvel movies.
There would almost always be that one or two times during the whole movie where the other person either didn’t understand a reference to the previous film or would ask “who is that” and “why are they important?”
To be honest now when I get strange looks from my friends or peers when they realise I’m going to the movies alone, I just roll my eyes.
Because seriously, they are the ones missing out on a fantastic cinema experience.
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