I don’t understand why most people don’t go to the movies alone. Or worse, why people still go to the movies on a first date. Movies are geared for people to be alone, yet every time I mention to someone that I went to a movie alone, I get a shocked look of disbelief at my actions… and I don’t get that.
I guess it’s because when I go to the movies alone it’s because I want to see the movie. There are a number of people that I can go to see a movie with – everyone likes to go to the movies right? Hah! Ever try to get a group of more than two to agree on one movie? Try getting a group of five to agree on less than seven movies… so if I go alone, I can guarantee myself that I’ll see the movie I want to. Good reasoning.
Then there’s the theatre. It’s dark, loud, and there’s a big, big moving picture that will monopolize my attention. Granted a club can be dark and loud, with plenty of eye candy to watch, but… wait, I don’t like to try to talk there either – I can’t hear a thing over the music – so that’s a moot point. Anyway, when I watch TV, I don’t mind taking a call or being interrupted by someone – TiVo can pause and rewind live TV. There’s no TiVo at the theatre, so if I miss something because of having to be an attentive companion… lemme try explaining it another way: see how well you do with a date if you ignore her or him (hir?) instead of talking to hir. Yeah, right. That’s a sure fire way of having a lot of first dates.
Besides, have you ever seen a couch in the seating of a theatre? No. They have the little armrest-cubicle-walls between seats: you aren’t supposed to have conversations with the person next to you! You’re supposed to watch the movie. Given that, what in the hell do you need another person there for? Sure, when you get out you can compare notes, laugh about funny lines, etc. – that’s the only time I feel I miss being with someone when I go it alone, but that’s about it… besides, that’s why you can talk on a cell phone on the ride home.
I just think that more people should be open to going to the movies alone… it doesn’t make you a social leaper if you only buy one ticket for yourself.