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This is about going to see movies by yourself. Do you do it? If so, are there any particular guidelines that you follow? I find myself doing it more frequently now, especially since I'm in a new city and don't know a lot of people. It used to feel awkward as hell, but I'm much less conscious about it now.
Generally, if I go solo I will avoid blockbusters, comedies, horrors and opening weekends, though I do make exceptions for films I really want to see. Sometimes it feels like a chore trying to convince people to see something you really want to see; it's nice being able to just get up and go. I'd consider myself a pretty big film buff, however, and will see most decent movies in the theater.
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There was a thing a few years ago about theatres marketing to solo viewers. Kinda like a singles meetup thing. That was before it everything got super shitty and they just gave 3x more screenings to 3D blockbusters.
My wife does it on the weekends I have to work a release. She gets to see all those Twilight-ish movies that I some how manage to keep avoiding
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Theaters and arcades can be great while rudderless on a hot day. I used to go often during the summer and meet new people. But if your theater is dead then consider looking for locals on the internet since you like to see movies often.
If you intend to stay solo then I recommend the latest showing on Sunday night and the earliest matinee on Mon-Thurs. Also park and sit near the main doors in case someone tries to get a piece of the bank you brought for refreshments.
I have 20+ movie screens within a 15min walk radius, so the huge majority of the movies I see are impulse-watch. The only guideline is sparing the movies that have date/buddy night potential, unless you don't mind seeing the same movie twice.
Maybe this is just me but what's the big deal if you go to a movie alone? Are you worried that people will see you're alone and think you're a loser or something? If so, who gives a shit what those people think, I bet you're happier alone than 50% of the 'happy' couples you see while you're at the theater.
I travel a lot for work and have no issues going to a theater alone, out to eat in a sit down restaurant alone, etc. I really couldn't care less if other people think I'm a loser or whatever, aside from which I'll probably never see those people again in my life.
I wouldn't, 50% of the enjoyment for me, is talking about the movie afterwards. Like we walk out of cap2 and my wife is asking me questions, googling this and that while we walk home, which leads to us going to comicon this week.
did it for years, but i would guess almost every time it was at a discounted rate. when i worked weekends, found a place that had $1 showing of 1st run movies at 10am on a wed. would be me and maybe half a dozen retirees.
now with most tickets around here being $9 to 13 a pop, only go with others to something i really want to see.
I don't go to the movies all that often any more, but since I'm forever alone I typically go by myself. Occasionally it will work out that a buddy can go with me, but if not I typically just go and don't even worry about it. Most of my friends seem appalled at the thought of going alone, but they also constantly miss out on plenty of movies they wanted to see too.
Going alone allows me to hit that Thursday at midnight showing if I want as well, or right after work on Friday to get matinee pricing, or whatever. Way too many times I've agreed to see a movie with a friend and for whatever reason they can't make it opening weekend, or the weekend after, etc. I've waited until 3-4 weeks after release several times, and if it was one of the few movies I actually wanted to see in theaters, waiting that long is like torture. I can't discuss it with anyone else that has seen it, I can't read the threads here, and I start to get annoyed the longer I have to wait. So I'll typically ask people if they want to go at such and such date and time, and if they can't, and don't have a firm counter-plan for the same weekend, I'll just go myself.
Obviously, given someone that isn't annoying as fuck, I'd prefer to go with a friend. But I have no problem going myself. I'm never going to see the people in the theater again in case they do think I'm a loser, and even if I do, who cares?
I've never gone to a theater looking to meet new people though. That seems sort of weird unless it is purposely intended as such.
I did it once, it was horrible. If it stops feeling that way, you're basically accepting your role as a social outcast no one wants around. At least get some amateur hooker to go with you for a free ticket and a pizza.
Because nothing validates your social acceptability like going to a dinner and a movie with an underaged crack whore.
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I always ask around to see if someone wants to go with me, but if no one does I'm sure as hell going to go by myself. The idea of needing someone to go with you to the movies is fundamentally stupid because you're literally sitting next to each other in silence (or you should be, at least) for the duration. I went and saw Pacific Rim alone, and at least 3 or 4 this past year that I can't remember right now.
Yeah not sure why people make a big deal out of this. It's not something I do very often but I don't think it's a big deal.
I'm confirmed forever alone status so 80% of my movies are solo.
Had a chick with her boyfriend ask me what I was doing at a movie alone. I had no response other than to laugh.
You shouldve sidled closer to the girl and unzipped loudly.
Ain't nothin' wrong with seeing a movie solo. I don't do it often (or go to the theaters for that matter). Like people said, it's not really that great of a group activity.
I almost dislike watching movies on my own at my place more than at the theater. Specially comedies.
One of my favorite things to do during a summer afternoon. Grab a flask and go see a dumb blockbuster by myself.
Never done it. Not really considered it I guess. Just seems like one of those things you do with a date or friends I suppose. But I've only seen 1-3 movies a year the last few years anyway. Nothing against it, and I've never thought or heard anyone say you're a loser for going alone.
i love going to big action movies in the middle of the week at 11am about 4-5 days after release (still in the best theater, they move shit down the next friday), about 75% of the time no one else is there and I love it. I don't go much anymore though since the cycle of movie->bluray is like 3 months now, and I much prefer to watch movies at home where I can eat stuff like steak and drink wine instead of shitty popcorn
last movie i saw solo i think was riddick last year
if apocalypse happened i would totally live in a movie theater, learn how to run the projector, and watch movies errry day and shoot anyone who tries to come in
Never buy concessions, eat somewhere else before or after. Going in a large group (especially to a new movie) is silly cause of seating and the inevitable person/couple who are late.
Although I will say the number of movies I go to see in a theater has declined in the last decade, a movie is either a must see and other people already want to come with or it's something you wait to see on cable.
I don't understand why you'd be averse to going alone? Are you a chick and afraid for your safety? If so, here are my tips.
-Go during the day. If you can only go weekends, the first showings should be safe.
-Spend the extra money and go to the theater that white people use.
If you're a dude, solo is better. You can feel free to unzip and jerk off into your empty popcorn bag. Unless you have a woman who will pleasure you at the theater. That is the best way to see a movie, but those are pretty rare.
When I'm single, I usually ask my friends if they want to go to a movie that I'm interested. But if they're busy or not interested, I have no hesitation to just watching it alone. I did it a lot more often when I was still in university, but I watched a lot more movies in the theater back then. Very few movies interest me enough to justify the cost of a theater ticket nowadays so I don't go as often.
And I don't really give a shit what strangers think of me for going to a theater alone. Even if they did, which I doubt, since usually when you're in a group you're not thinking about the other people in the theater unless they are completely obnoxious and noisy.
OK thought of one more tip. If you are a middle aged man, don't go to movies alone wearing a trenchcoat and buy a huge bag of candy to share with anybody who wants some. People who go to Disney movies are so fucking uptight that they call dogs when they fart.
I'm Married and we had a kid 2.5 years ago in July 2012. I wanted to go watch The Amazing Spiderman with her right before the Baby was due .. well the baby came a bit early. So Spiderman was the first movie I had seen solo in years. With that said its become sort of an addiction. I don't like seeing movies with other people now. I try to go Friday morning first showing if its something I really want to see. I sit away from people so I can work from my phone if needed and not disturb anyone. Sometimes I will do back to back movies and knock it out in one day.
I feel like it's my time fuck the rest of the world for a few hours. I am going to sit here and just enjoy this.
Fun Fact: I watched Enders Game on a whim in I-Max all by myself and it was great!!
I've gone to plenty of movies by myself, but i've never felt awkward. My last job required i meet with customer at set times, so i was usually out in the field. When i had a large gap of time between appointments or a cancel, i would go catch a movie. Best thing is i was getting paid for it.
I have moved around the country a lot so I'm constantly resetting my social circle and now that I'm divorced there are times where I don't have someone to go with. I used to be self conscious about going alone but a few years ago I realized how much shit I'd miss out on if I always needed someone with me. Movies, Concerts, Sports, it doesn't matter. I'd rather go myself for the experience than sit at home on my ass. Most people are friendly enough that you can socialize with around you if you really need someone to bullshit with anyway.
The fuck? I've done it infrequently. Mostly when I'm out of town or say if I have to drop my car off or wait for something where it's more hassle to drive home and back, so I sneak in a movie instead of driving back and forth. I didn't really think much of it, then again I wasn't going into preteen movies either.
i'll never go to a packed theater again. too much distraction, even seeing people's heads move as they adjust in the seat annoy me. one of my local theaters, the seats are split in half, half way down. when you walk in, you can go up or down, and most go up. if you go down and sit in the furtherest row back, it's the perfect seat and no one can kick the back of your chair.
as someone before said, mon-thur 1st show is usually empty. i'll hit the local gas station for almond m&ms and beef jerky, then grab a water or coke at the theater. with my work schedule, i can skip out for a long lunch whenever i want. w/ kids and life, its difficult to see a movie in the evening.
I'll catch a matinee from time to time on a Saturday afternoon(best time to avoid the kiddies) plus the ticket is cheaper too. It's the best time to go here especially on a opening weekend. The theater usually isn't full.
Personally if I could pay like $40-50 to watch a movie in my home on an opening weekend instead of the movie theater the studio's would get my money. My sound system is just as good as the movie theater's so that is never an issue for me. I really hate going to the theater.
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I go to movies alone all the time... why might you ask? If I feel like seeing a fucking movie, I'm going to see the fucking movie. Not sure why its a big deal. The same weirdness some people have about eating at a restaurant alone. I just don't get it.
I don't go to the movie theater very often to see a current release. When I do see a movie that looks like it might be good enough to spend 20 dollars to sit in a big comfy chair and eat popcorn for 90 minutes as often as not it's by myself.
It's weirder to me that there are people who would ask, "What are you doing at the movies alone?" What is that? An offer. Hey buddy, your girl is sort of a whore.
But really it's sort of a hassle. You gotta check the listings, you gotta put some pants on, you gotta drive to the place, you gotta wait in line, you gotta deal with teenagers, you gotta you gotta you gotta. I might go more often if I was in a more urban sort of situation.
Last edited by Iannis; 10-12-2014 at 05:42 PM.
ok how many of you go to kid/cartoon movies or tween/romance movies alone
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I think I went solo to The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Frozen. Honest to god I did not realize Frozen was a musical though and my family had no idea that movie even existed so they passed.
Though it would be pretty awkward laughing in an empty theater by yourself, which is why I'd avoid comedies.
I go to movies all the time solo. The social aspect of it is pretty low in the first place, sit in the dark and you cannot talk. We should be asking people "Why do you go with another person??"
It's worse going to the movies with others as a planned thing without a specific film to see. We'll sort it out when we're there. Leads to having to pick and compromise on what you want to see, I know that some of the worst movies I've ever seen at the cinema have been as result of working it out when you're there.
I went on a couple rollercoasters alone yesterday. I would've rather gone to a movie alone.
I usually only go to the movies as a solo. This works best for opening night blockbusters, as I'm ALWAYS able to find a spot, usually in prime locations. A lot of people leave a 1 seat buffer between them and someone else, so I'm always able to squeeze in to that. Works great.
EDIT: I just remembered my very first "solo" movie experience. I went and saw the original Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire. I was finished with High School, working full time for my family business (and I'm still there). We got done work at 3:30pm one day, so I went right to the theater after work and saw it then. I had never been to a movie earlier than like 7pm previously, so it was a weird, but I grew to love it. Seriously, you're sitting in a dark room, who gives a shit if you're sitting next to people you know or not? You miss out on talking about the movie after the fact, but even then you don't always miss out.
Now a days, the theater I go to has a sports bar right next to it (same parking lot). I'll walk over there after watching the movie, and start chatting with random people around the bar. It always seems to work.
Last edited by Xarpolis; 10-13-2014 at 05:51 PM.
Usually always go to the movies alone. Most friends and family work full time jobs and we cant really commit so I just go. Seen everything from Frozen to Edge of Tommorow alone. Theatre here has tickets for 4.50 matinee showing so I almost always go before 3 or 4. Empty theatres usually and sometimes I'll even just walk to another movie.
What the fuck is wrong with the OP and certain others. Do you get this anxious when you go to the library alone well? Who the fuck cares what other people in the theatre think?
I'm guessing it's packs of teens with nothing better to do than loiter who go to a theater with no idea what they're going to see.
Fucking kids. Go home and do some chores if all your homework is done!
early 20s- did it a bunch. now, not so much. been aching to do it again. its peaceful as fuck. real jealous of the big cities who serve booze at theatres, you can go and not look weird.
safe time- matinee. if you dont give a fuck- go whenever, but id still avoid fri/sat night
So it was common to meet up with friends, relatives visiting town there, go to a nearby restaurant / fast food place and then work out what film to watch.
I enjoy going to the movies solo more than I enjoy with friends. One factor may be that I don't really watch the more "social with friends" (comedies, blockbuster action etc) type of movies in theaters. I usually only shell out theater-cash to see movies that I have a special interest in, in which case I really just want to concentrate on the movie.
For me, there is something nice about having alone time with quiet thoughts and observations of the stuff going on around me without having to be socially attentive. It's a treat, really.
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I've never even considered going to a movie alone, but reading this thread makes me think it'd actually be good for me. Maybe then I'll even get to go to concerts I would otherwise miss because nobody else wants to go, and so on.
I don't mind going solo. I usually work them into long lunches on a work day. Nice to get out of the office and not have anyone around.
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It was an issue in highschool but the older I become, the more fuckall I care about other's opinions. It's like the phrase, "animal-prints-pants out of control", you can either be concerned about all the shit that doesn't matter and fail or you can keep your eye on the ball and rock hard, being the envy of all those that hold back and don't do what you've got the balls to do, whether it's wear animal-prints-pants or go to the movie alone.
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Pretty sure I'm going to be soloing Interstellar as I must see it opening night Imax.
I go to the movies solo all the time... and yea i'm married but i won't drag my wife to see my type of movies.. she hates them. We tried it a few times and i end up seeing it through her eyes and i enjoy it less because she did not enjoy it at all...
So now i go solo and have been for years on end, there are occasions where i go with friends, but when i go solo i go on my time, my schedule, and i always get the perfect seat cause i don't give 2 shits if i sit next to people as long as i get center/middle of theater.
I tend to go Sunday mornings though when it's not too crowded because most of these people go to church, so i find that opening weekend movies are 70% empty for 10am showings on sunday.
I prefer it. I dont want people talking to me during the movie, and there are plenty of people who will see it at work etc that I will talk about it then with them.
I used to ban my ex from movies because she got ADD then wanted to talk to me after half the movie was over, or would give me every fucking theory on how the movie was going to end up. Jesus shut the fuck up and watch it and enjoy the good cinema, dont fucking spoiler it for me. I purposely dont try to figure those things out so I can be genuinely surprised...I like to be in the zen moment, now, or whatever moment you want to call it.
People who are uncomfortable with this or look down on others, well those are your own insecurities. Which is fine, we all have demons we deal with. If you like it then do it, if not then stop being a super duper cool judgemental douche. Women love assholes anyways, and for me telling them they cant come to the movies with you makes them even more attracted. OMG what I cant come with you? WHY??? She will want to fuck you even more.
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I have always been able to go to the movies solo. The only time I care about what people think about me was when I was single, and it was women. Generally single women are not seeing the same movies I am, so the two conditions never butted heads. Obviously not so much now since I am married, but I could do it if I wanted. Still no fucks given.
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Possibly one of my favorite things to do, especially now that I have kids. Me time is at an all time low so seeing what I want, sitting where I want and not sharing popcorn is awesome.
My kids just gave up naps so I probably will not do it this year, but every Father's day for last few years I have gone solo to the movies while my wife puts the kids down for their nap. This year I will probably have to take the kids if I want to go to a movie, so here I come Rio3 or Frozen 2 or what the fuck ever.
Wife and I go see what we want, by ourselves more often than not. Nothing complicated for us about it. Got it from her, used to loathe the idea, but with 2 young kids it's a nice escape sometimes and we cover for each other np.
What's the big deal about going to a movie solo? Oh noes, people you don't give a shit about in a dark room might give a shit about you being solo!
The only time solo movie watching is a bad thing is if you're that guy who decides to sit next to strangers even though there are tons of empty seats. I fucking hate it when people do that.
The problem going to movies solo is not what people think about you in the dark but what you think about yourself. Movies are a clear and common social activity, so if you are doing it solo you can't help but feel like an outlier. If you are cool with yourself then its no problem; but if you are sitting there thinking "holy shit I am a fucking loser sitting in a movie theatre alone" then, well, its obviously a negative experience.
Personally, I used to have no problem with going to the movies solo. But then I was married for 11 years and we're now going through a divorce. Going to the movies solo now freaks me out because I remember what a social activity it used to be with my ex. There's also the fact that going to movies solo as a couldn't-give-a-shit-30-year-old is a lot different than going to the movies solo as a fucking-loser-divorced-single-parent-of-40. Let me tell you.
Anyway, it used to be no problem for me but now I can't quite make myself do it. Went to see a few alone and decided from now on to just torrent. Makes masterbating afterwards easier too. Just keepin it real.
Drajakur, pretty sure you meant "The problem with going to the movies solo FOR ME blah blah etc etc" and "In MY PERSONAL OPINION, movies are a clear and common social activity etc etc". At least I hope that's what you meant.
I think his post is interesting as it highlights the true nature of this discussion.
It all comes down to your own feelings of awkwardness / being uncomfortable / people are thinking this of me.
To each of us, we'll feel different for our own reasons.
edit: just noticed this was post 666 for me. Damn I should have made more of a major post
Going to the movies solo can lead to strange situations. I went to see 22 Jump Street during the day and we ended up being 2 guys in the 600 seats theater, so suddenly you watch the movie hearing what the other guy finds funny and you don't and vice versa.
Saw Avatar solo as my wife hates Sci fi. Was pretty cool. A milf sat near me and touched my thigh at one point. That is all.
I saw Joe Rogan do a comedy show in Philly by myself on Friday. It was a decent show, but I think I like him better in a smaller venue than a theater. Some people pull it off, but I just prefer his material in a club.
Aside from that, it was a fun time. I had asked a friend if he wanted to go, but he knew he would be away on a trip, so I went solo. I end up seeing a lot of comedy solo (Bill Burr, Bert Kreischer, Louis CK and Patrice Oneal when he was still alive). I do that as opposed to going to concerts.
That said, I saw that Russel Peters is going to be performing at the same theater the end of November, and my wife actually like's him, so we're going to go to that show together.
I, too, don't get this. I started going to the movies alone before we really had the internet to tell us things were "wrong". I'd club all weekend and didn't want to miss my movie cause some drunk friend makes excuses or is late. I'll never forgive my roommate making me late for Titanic IMAX opening show we ended up first row far left -- worst migraine ever. I should have left her ass at home.
I think Ted Kaczynski went to the movies solo...
Well he was a fun loving type, so I see nothing wrong with that. Dear old Ted, how we miss you.
I used to go to movie's solo on the rare occasion I had no friends/family wanting to go see them or I somehow missed the group going to it, but lately I've had no interest in seeing a film solo. I really want to see the Equalizer but thinking about going to see it alone, I'd rather just sit at home and play a video game or something.
Alright so I had a reason to go out and do something alone last night and ended up seeing The Equalizer anyway. Well worth it. Don't mind that I went alone but sucks I can't really gossip about it with anyone I know.
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