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  • AMG
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    Where do people stand on going to the cinema alone?

    I’ve never done it before, but releases of Sicario and The Martian make me want to do it. I normally go with my friend. But she’s quite busy, and isn’t overly keen to see those films.

    So, is it weird? I’ve never seen anyone do it. I wouldn’t judge anyone for doing it, but I feel like I would be by others if I did. Or is that all in my head?

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    adamunc
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    I do it all the time, especially in Oscar season when I’m trying to see lots of movies in a short time frame. I like seeing movies with friends too, but sometimes it’s nice to just absorb the film without dealing with anyone else. Plus, I can pick my showtime and sit where I please. I’ve never felt judged or weird.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    There’s an unwritten rule that if you go to the movie theatre alone, and/or with your friends and no one else is around, this means that you can talk and riff over the entire movie and no one can tell you otherwise!

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    Noé
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    I do it often and it’s great! Another experience. With some movies you just must, it’s neccessary.
     

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    AMG
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    There’s an unwritten rule that if you go to the movie theatre alone, and/or with your friends and no one else is around, this means that you can talk and riff over the entire movie and no one can tell you otherwise!

    Hahaha, YAAASSS, that’s the dream!

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I go to most of the Oscar movies by myself. There are certain movies that I absolutely see with friends, like the marvel movies or any bond film, but if I waited for friends to be interested in the same films as I was, and then to make time to see them, then I would fall incredibly behind, and have missed hundreds of films. That’s not an exaggeration, I go solo to more movies than I do with people. That being said, Only once have I ever been the only person in the entire theatre. That was a matinee show of Into the Woods, honestly one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had at the cinema for that reason alone. I don’t hold any stigma around going alone, and I always invite people when I think they would enjoy the movie, but it rarely pans out.

    To give perspective, the last movie I saw with someone was Black Mass, and since then I have seen The End of the Tour, Ricki and The Flash, A Walk in the Woods and The Martian by myself since then. I will be seeing either Sicario or The Walk later this week, again by myself, and there’s a good chance I will see whichever I don’t with my father on the weekend. I go into that detail to reinforce that I don’t think there’s anything exceptional about that pattern, or particularly lonely. If you’re ever in Kingston though, leave me a message and you’re always free to join me!

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    DamianWayne
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    I go alone all the time. Usually a first/second showing when the theater is empty. I highly recommend it. (Plus tickets are cheaper, so there’s that.)

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    [quote=”tyman21″]

    There’s an unwritten rule that if you go to the movie theatre alone, and/or with your friends and no one else is around, this means that you can talk and riff over the entire movie and no one can tell you otherwise!

    Hahaha, YAAASSS, that’s the dream!

    [/quote]

    There’s actually a drive-in theatre nearby where I live (yeah, still around and it actually gets pretty good business in the summer), and me and Mom sometimes go and riff on the movies were watching because we are in our own car and no one can tell us to shut up. That was fun. 

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    OnTheAisle
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    Where do people stand on going to the cinema alone?

    I’ve never done it before, but releases of Sicario and The Martian make me want to do it. I normally go with my friend. But she’s quite busy, and isn’t overly keen to see those films.

    So, is it weird? I’ve never seen anyone do it. I wouldn’t judge anyone for doing it, but I feel like I would be by others if I did. Or is that all in my head?

    Movies are meant for singles, couples and families. As a teenager, I worked the door at my local moviehouse. I made minimum wage plus free admission to any movie. An avid filmgoer, I easily doubled my weekly wage. I went alone frequently to relish every new release.

    When I complained of working the Christmas Day matinee, the manager explained to me that it was one of the busiest days of the year. Many people who were alone at the holidays spent the day at the movies for the comraderie of being in a group of people and the solace of entertainment.

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    David Buchanan
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    This is a different type of experience, but I often go to the theatre alone. If I waited for friends or family to go with me every time I wanted to see a show, I’d only see a fraction of the shows I see each season. What is boils down to for me is would I rather miss seeing the show / movie / literary reading because nobody could come with me? Never.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Atypical
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    Nothing weird at all going to the movies alone. It’s my preference in theaters, actually.

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    Cheshire
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    Last time I did it was when I saw Foxcatcher, my class for the day was cancelled, I had nothing to do and the theater was near by. Let’s just say nobody cared.

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    KyleBailey
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    I go alone most of the time. It has pros and cons. 

    Pros- my own schedule so I can go when I want to and not depend on someone else, no temptation to talk, during advanced screenings or packed houses easier to fine a lone seat than a pair of seats in a decent location 

    Cons- Not having someone to discuss the movie right away after, not being able to make references to a line or scene you found hilarious, and if you missed something when you went to the bathroom or something no one to fill you in on stuff.

    It’s weird to be alone in a theater by yourself like I was for Diary of a Teenage Girl but there is also something relaxing and cool about it. It’s like getting your own private screening and not caring if you are laughing to loud or making too much noise with food and drinks. The best is when it’s only me and a friend in the theater so we can shout the whole time at the movie’s flaws (We Are Your Friends).

    So yeah, it’s a win/win lose/lose situation  

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    AMG
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    Ok, I’m going to do it! Tomorrow is the day. I’m going at 3pm, so it won’t be busy in there at all, and I’m watching Sicario. Nervously excited about it. Never been in such a weird mood the night before going to the cinema before.

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    babypook
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    I seldom go to theatres alone. Why? Because I FORCE my partner to go to the movie that I want to watch. It’s really that simple. Once in a while, I’ll walk out on a film and leave my partner and friends in there w/o me. The last two times, they’ve followed me out, after a few minutes.

    Lol. Yup.

    But if I choose to go it alone, it wouldnt bother me at all. Popcorn, all for me.

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