Going to the movies has always been a group affair. Typically you spend a lazy Sunday going to the movie with your friends to see the latest blockbuster hit. People choice their first dates at the movies for a reason: It’s socializing enough, but still requires a lot of silence. Every year there are Christmas specials on ABC Family and any basic cable shows because it is easy to get a group together and bond over cheesy love-stories with semi-predictable endings. Netflix makes that even easier by being able to stream a semi-forgotten movie as long as you have an Internet connection.
But what happens when one ventures out to the theatre, dare I say it, by yourself.
Now, I’m the first to admit that I may or may not have a co-dependent friendship with a lot of my friends, so I completely understand the fears of getting in your car, driving to the theatre, and purchasing a ticket for one.
“Just one ticket for today, ma’am?”
You’re darn right. Matinee movie: party of one.
So let’s now explore the pros and cons of this potentially good/terrible idea.
Don’t have to share popcorn with anyone
That’s right all of the snacks are yours. You can order whatever you want with whatever drink you want. Get made fun of for eating Junior Mints with popcorn and have a Coke slushy on the side? Not today, my friend. Going to the movies by yourself allows you all of this freedom.
Both armrests are yours
No longer do you have to awkwardly claim arm rest territory that can sometimes break friendships. We all have that one friend that decides that both armrests, (Hint hint: that person is usually me. Sorry everyone!) but today they are both yours.
You can see whatever you want
Absolutely. Anything. Cheesy Rom-Com? You got it. Something slow and painfully dramatic? All you. That one actor that was a child star and now is trying to revive his career? Better bring the popcorn and get ready. This is the perfect opportunity to finally see that kinda weird movie that none of your friends/family/significant other want to see.
Yet seeing movies on your own also has some cons like…
Lots of phone time pretending to text friends and look social while waiting for the movie to start
It’s sad but true, there isn’t enough Twitter or Instagram feeds long enough to look occupied before a movie. If you are going to venture this alone, I suggest you hold off of the social media before you sit down for 10 minutes.
Looks of pity from happy couples
People keep looking at me and having that sad face that read “aww look at her, she is here by herself. That’s so brave…” blah blah blah. It was uncomfortable, but no need to fear, the whole room gets dark for at least an hour and a half. Sit in the back so no one can see you.
Going to the movies isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely a completely different experience that going with friends or your significant other. So if you have two hours to kill on an afternoon, go see that one movie that you have been dying to see. Order a large Coke slushy and a large popcorn. Treat yo self!