There’s usually some awkwardness for most people to go to the movies alone. Well, maybe not people over 40 but definitely people in their 20’s and even early 30’s. Being mostly a loner now, I have been seeing the odd movie by myself at various cinemas around the city. I used to restrict going to the theaters by myself to times when I was in another city when I didn’t know anyone.
That is one of the biggest issues. “What if someone sees me?”. The idea is that you are scared to be seen watching a movie alone cause people you know will laugh at you or think something oddly of you. And this can have some truth to it. I don’t know anyone who goes to the theaters alone. Most guys I know won’t even go to the theaters with only 1 other guy. They’re scared people will think they are gay or that they will feel gay. A guy goes to the movie theater with another guy and that is gay? Maybe, if they were watching Brokeback Mountain together then that would cause some gayness in the air but how often do those kinds of movies come out? It might feel kind of gay but depending with who you’re with it could be pretty damn comical too.
The other issue with going to the theaters alone is that you feel kind of weird. I always look around and there’s never anyone my age or younger by themselves. There’s lots of 40 and above. If youngish people see a youngish person watching a movie alone they probably do think that person has no friends. But who cares really cause you don’t know them.
I don’t see the real big must of having to go to the movies with someone. It’s not like you can talk during the movie. It’s like watching a movie at home. Don’t you watch movies at home by yourself? Or do you have to call someone over every time you want to watch a movie at home? It is a bit cooler though when you go to the movies with someone and you both really enjoyed it and can talk about it together. But usually movies aren’t that great anyway.
Another benefit with going alone is that you can see any movie you want at which ever time suits you and if it sucks you don’t blame yourself for choosing a dud. I like to go to matinees cause it’s less busy. Often I get a whole row to myself and there’s no one directly in front of me or behind me. It’s freaking annoying when there’s people all around you. You only get 1 armrest and sometimes the guy beside you has shit for breath and breaths out of his mouth. The worst is when he yawns and you get all the fumes from deep inside his gut that have been composting for hours. I find that this happens half the time.
It’s weird. The more I stop being around people the less I want to be around them. I’m not sure if it’s always healthy but sometimes it is definitely better. I used to never really mind going to packed movie theaters until I experienced how much better it was in a 3/4 empty theater.
So ya, you should try it if you haven’t! If your friends make fun of you it’s cause they know you’d rather watch a movie alone than with them. Or maybe they just didn’t invite you.