There’s a very good chance that you’ve once wanted to see a movie but circumstances prevented you from doing so because you don’t have someone to go with. It could be because the film is generally considered as ‘bad’ that you end up being too shy to ask someone else. It can also be because no one else you know is interested in the film. Or it can also be because everyone you want to watch it with is busy while it’s playing at your local Showcase Cinema.
Whatever the case is, it’s very likely that you didn’t watch it on your own.
Like eating at a restaurant alone, most of us are also very scared of going to the movies alone. Most regular folks choose to skip seeing the film altogether because they don’t have someone else to go with which is quite ridiculous when you think about it.
Why would you really need to be with someone else if all you’ll do in the cinema is to sit and look at the screen for at least an hour and a half? You can’t even talk while the movie is playing because that’s just impolite. So why do you need to be with someone else to enjoy this leisure activity?
According to some experts, activities that are considered as necessary like getting groceries or picking up the dry cleaning are okay to do alone because you have to do them. Leisurely activities, on the other hand, are expected to be enjoyed with friends, so doing them alone can be deemed strange.
Then there’s also the fact that going to the movies is traditionally done with others. People go to the movies with friends, family, and special someone as a bonding activity. So going alone can be quite unusual.
But then again, one’s enjoyment of the film doesn’t necessarily depend on whether you’re with someone else or not. You’ll see the movie with your own eyes and process it with your own brain and experiences, so, really, there’s no need to have another person with you to enjoy a movie.
If you’ve never tried doing this before, here are a few good reasons why you should try doing it sometime soon:
1. It’s a great way to spend some ‘me time’.
Love movies and the whole movie-going experience? Going to the cinema alone can be a great way to practice self-care.
2. You’ll feel very brave and independent.
Even though there’s no problem in going to the cinema alone, you’ll still feel quite brave and independent from doing this activity. It can be a nice boost to your self-esteem, especially if you’re feeling a bit down lately.
3. You can watch whatever movie you want.
You will most likely need to compromise if you’re going to the movies with someone else. But if you go alone, you don’t have to make a case for the film you want to see. You can just buy a ticket for it directly without a fuss.
4. There won’t be any distractions while you try to focus on the film you want to watch.
If you’re alone, there won’t be anyone who’ll try to talk to you as the movie plays. You also don’t have to get distracted by them fussing about or eating most of your snacks.
5. You can choose whatever snack you want to enjoy during the movie.
Speaking of snacks, going to the movies alone will also let you decide what to eat while the movie plays. You don’t have to feel bad about buying your own candies or meal if you don’t have anyone with you.
6. You don’t have to share the said snack.
Knowing that you can enjoy your snack fully is another great perk of going to the cinema alone.
7. It’s cheaper to go to the cinema alone.
Let’s face it, if you’re going to the cinema alone, you’ll only need to pay for your own tickets and snacks. If you take your significant other, kids, or family with you, you might have to pay for their tickets and snacks, too, depending on your arrangement. So in some instances, it’s just really better to see the film you want to see on your own.
8. There’s a better chance of getting a seat, especially at the last minute.
Planning to see a popular film alone? You don’t have to worry about not getting a seat even during the busiest times. There are usually single seats in between groups and couples that you can snag even if you buy your ticket right before the screening time.
These are actually just a few perks of going to the movies alone. Once you give it a try, there’s a good chance that you’ll discover more amazing things about the experience.