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Going to the Movies Alone 
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What's everyone's take on this?

My friends consider it a social abnormality to see movies by yourself. I do it quite often and actually tell people that sometimes I prefer it to seeing films with someone else or a group.

No offense to my girlfriend/friends/family, but there are many films that I want to see at a theatre that they would have no part of.

Subtitles? forget it. Black and White? They make movies in color now so we don't have to watch things in two-tone.

My social acquaintances complain about even the idea of seeing anything other than commercial mainstream flicks, then look at me like I'm nuts when I tell them I saw something on my own. I do admit the post-film discussions are a bit one-sided.

I expect opinions might be different on these boards, but how important do you consider social interactions when visiting the theatre?


Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:34 am
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I used to consider it really weird to go to a movie alone, but now I do it all the time.

The difference was, I wanted to see all the oscar-nominees and had to really work to make it happen. Finding someone to go with me every time would've been almost impossible.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:11 am
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There's nothing I love more than going to the movies alone.

Last semester, I had mostly afternoon classes and would see a matinee atleast once a week. The theater was always mostly empty, save for an older couple or two. To correspond with another thread, there's nothing that beats seeing a movie in a theater - especially when you're not distracted by the rudeness of many weekend movie-goers.

Going alone when there's crowds is certainly not as fun, however in the day when it's mostly empty it's a blast.

That being said, there is one vital exception - comedies. When you're alone, you're simply not as comfortable uproariously laughing along with the audience. With friends, however, it's a whole other story. I saw both "Pineapple Express" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" by myself and, in a way, regretted it just because I knew i'd have more fun with company.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:07 am
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Used to do it frequently. It's more difficult now because I live in the Czech Republic, outside of Prague.

I think it's wonderful, certainly not pointless, silly or in anyway lame. I think I've seen my favourite movies ever when on my lonesome, and perhaps enjoyed them all the more because of that fact.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:04 am
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Craig wrote:
What's everyone's take on this?

My friends consider it a social abnormality to see movies by yourself. I do it quite often and actually tell people that sometimes I prefer it to seeing films with someone else or a group.


I almost always go to the movies alone. It's one of my favorite indulgences. I think it's a function of being older too; I simply have less "real friends" that I'm interested to see movies with. I usually go to a late weekday evening showing, and the theater is blissfully quiet.

Of late, my wife and I will take our daughter to see a children's flick, and I guess that counts. Of course, when you add the screaming kids, I know why people sometimes wait for the DVD.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:44 am
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Loafer wrote:
There's nothing I love more than going to the movies alone.

Last semester, I had mostly afternoon classes and would see a matinee atleast once a week. The theater was always mostly empty, save for an older couple or two. To correspond with another thread, there's nothing that beats seeing a movie in a theater - especially when you're not distracted by the rudeness of many weekend movie-goers.

Going alone when there's crowds is certainly not as fun, however in the day when it's mostly empty it's a blast.

That being said, there is one vital exception - comedies. When you're alone, you're simply not as comfortable uproariously laughing along with the audience. With friends, however, it's a whole other story. I saw both "Pineapple Express" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" by myself and, in a way, regretted it just because I knew i'd have more fun with company.


I couldn't agree more with what you say.
Seeing a movie alone, especially in an empty theater, can be a real experience. And it looks even better now that the mulitiplexes are filled with rude teenagers, airheaded bimbos and their ubiquituous cell phones.

But comedies and trash movies are indeed the exception. Even if their quality leaves something to be desired, you can have a hell of a time cannibalizing the film along with your buddies.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:05 am
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Going to the movies alone is not socially unacceptable at all. My girlfriend makes fun of me for it all the time but when I ask her to join me, more often than not she has no interest in what I'm going to see so she stops rather quickly. The movies have become one of my sanctuaries. When I need some time to myself after a bad day or just need to escape, going alone is one of my favorite things to do.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:50 am
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Depends what I'm going to see and how far away the theater is.
I could not get anyone interested in the Wrestler when it first came out

In addition, I work at home so have real time flexibility. I want to avoid a theater after 4pm on a weekend.

Rob


Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:08 pm
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I do it from time to time and I feel no shame in it.


Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:40 pm
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I enjoy it. First off, except for one couple that we are friends with, and my brother (who is away at college so we don't see him often enough) most people that we talk to aren't movie people. So, sometimes I'll see cheesy movies with my mom, because I know there is absolutely no sense in dragging my husband to a movie that I know he will inevitably hate. So, if I want to see a movie that my mom isn't around to see, or doesn't want to see, and my husband won't see it, I'll go by myself.

I don't go often by myself but I have no problem doing it. I went to see Wall-E, Enchanted and the Kit Kitteridge movie by myself. My husband will see movies by himself--and actually on his birthday he goes to the movies alone, and watches a matinee.

-Jordyn


Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:03 pm
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The last film I saw totally alone was 'No Country For Old Men' when it got re-released in Jan. 2008. I was one of less than 15 people there, and it was great. The only person who applauded after the ending scene was me (what were the other people expecting?).


Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:26 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
The last film I saw totally alone was 'No Country For Old Men' when it got re-released in Jan. 2008. I was one of less than 15 people there, and it was great. The only person who applauded after the ending scene was me (what were the other people expecting?).


They were expecting Sheriff Ed Tom Bell to show up and shoot Anton Chigurh...I'm sure. Gotta love the Coen Brothers! :)


Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:28 pm
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I am perfectly comfortable going to films alone, but since I work a lot of hours, I want to spend more time with my wife, so I try to go to movies we both will enjoy and save a lot of personal viewing for at-home (when I can usually convince her to be a bit more open).

Erik


Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:30 pm
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It's not something I bring up often (it's the kind of thing that garners either pity or disgust) but I frequently attend movies alone. I don't understand why seeing a movie is thought of as an intrinsically social experience. You expect to be silent for two hours or more, essentially ignoring those you came with in favor of the screen. Somehow this demands company? I'll admit, post viewing discussions are appealing, but otherwise...


Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:09 pm
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I do it all the time. It was something I was more or less derided for at first, like almost everyone here, but it just feels more and more comfortable the more I go. I do admit feeling weird when I go to a movie and I am the only person in the auditorium, but seeing a movie with minimal audience is typically a blast.

Nowadays it's developed into the only way I can see movies. After a few bad experiences a few of my friends have sworn off of going to the movies. I tend to get quite distracted at home so it's hard for me to simply "wait for the DVD"... and in the best circumstances movies are improved on the big screen.

This has also spawned a weird hobby of mine - the urge to see a movie in almost every theatre in the Philadelphia area. For me, it makes the trip to the movies a little more interesting, because it gives me the chance to see a different area, a different chain, a different movie mix. I've been meaning to post an online journal of all of these visits... I should start working on that...


Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:13 am
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It can be a bit weird... I mean if you're like 40 and rock up to a midnight screening of Twilight dressed in a drench coat then yeah... it's a little creepy ;)

Personally I would only to the movies if there's a crowd and it becomes a social occasion. Otherwise cinemas just aren’t very nice places anymore to really savour and enjoy a movie. The incessant ring tones of mobile phones, misbehaving crying kids along with sticky carpets doesn't stack up so well against broadband internet within the comfort of one's own home.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:12 am
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First of all in honor of the annual snooze fest called The Academy Awards, I'd like to thank James for making this forum. I've been reading his sight for about 2 years now after stumbling upon some James Bond reviews and have been hooked ever since.

As for seeing movies alone, I do it all the time. I'm the type of person that will see a movie when I want to, without having to wait on someone else. For me the whole point of a movie is to escape and get lost in the world that is presented to you, so other than the commentary before and after a film, I really have no need to be with a friend or family member during my viewing.

Besides I see more films that I want to see that way.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:54 am
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Ironically, for some reason, I prefer to go to movies alone. If I go with others, I prefer to go with my family on holidays.

I was a very avid movie-goer in the 90's when I was in college, and for some reason, I preferred going alone.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:20 am
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I am going to see Valkyrie alone tommorow.
First time in my life and I am sooo excited.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:05 am
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I've never had a problem going to a movie alone. Some people find it a little weird, but they also don't have the same passion for movies that I, and most of you, do. It's not something I purposefully seek out, but if no one I know is interested in something I'm interested in, I go alone. My girlfriend shares my movie nerdness, so I'm usually no longer going alone. The only negative about a female companion is the having to go see the occasional chick flick.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:38 am
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