This week’s poll was inspired by a conversation that sprung up in the Comments of our last Blu-ray Highlights post. Do you ever go to a movie theater by yourself, or does it make you uncomfortable to see a movie in the cinema without another person or group?
I’ll be honest that I find it a little strange that going to the cinema is usually perceived as a social experience in our culture. Yet once you get into the theater, you’re expected to be quiet and focus your attention on the movie, not on your viewing companions. Why is there such a stigma against going to see a movie alone?
I’ve never been bothered by seeing movies on my own. I grew up as an only child of a single parent. Although I certainly had friends, it wasn’t always convenient for me to get to them, or them to me, and I learned early how to keep myself entertained without relying on others to do everything with me. In my teenage and adult years, this extended to going to the movies alone. I wonder what experience my own sons will have.
On the other hand, I get out to the theater so infrequently these days that there’s almost no point in going alone anymore. If I were to go to the cinema, it would be on a date night with my wife. Otherwise, I might as well just wait for the movie to come to Blu-ray.