I did not see a movie in theaters by myself until I was 20 years old. I know some people who have never seen a movie in theaters on their own. Why is this? To me there is nothing social about seeing a movie in theaters. You’re just going to be sitting in the dark for two plus hours not talking to one another. Yet most people react with what I would call extreme surprise when I tell them I see movies alone.
My favorite reaction was someone asking who watches my stuff if I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie. My reaction to their reaction: Why wouldn’t you take your stuff with you into the bathroom? And more importantly, why are you peeing in the middle of a film? I have not left the theater to go to the bathroom since I saw Mr. Holland’s Opus (which has a runtime of 143 minutes)… when I was seven.*
So today I give you a list of reasons why it’s nice to see a movie by yourself. If you have never done so, maybe give it a try. If you have seen a movie by yourself, feel free to add your own pros (or cons if you wish) in the comments.
1. You can sit wherever you like.
I like to sit in the dead center of the theater when I see a movie. And when I go alone, I can. No being burdened by others’ seat preferences.
2. You can get to the theater whenever you like.
I like to get to the theater an hour before the showtime, and I have friends who are notoriously late. When I see movies by myself there’s no waiting outside the theater, buying extra tickets just in case the showing sells out, holding my phone inside the theater waiting for them to call, saving seats…
3. You don’t have to save seats.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little like a jerk saving half a row of seats at the theater, especially when my friends don’t arrive until the trailers start showing. If it’s just me though, no worries.
4. You don’t have to share your snacks.
Sharing is nice and all, but sometimes I just want to eat that whole bag of Sour Patch Kids by myself.
5. No one is judging your for your weird reactions to the film.
I saw Bridesmaids by myself (and got carded), and I cried through about half the film. Embarrassing, right? Well, I didn’t care. There was no one there to see and judge. (Not that I mind crying at films, I just tend to cry at weird parts. And I cry at everything. I think I cried a little watching X-Men: First Class.)
6. No one is judging you for the film you’re seeing.
*If you cannot make it through a movie without needing the restroom, check out Run Pee for good times to leave.