The benefits of going to the cinema by yourself

Feature Tim Colman 20 Dec 2013 - 07:01
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No-one to go to the movies with? There’s nothing wrong with a bit of alone time in the cinema, reckons Tim.

I remember my first time. May, 1995. A Wednesday. A student house in Coventry, and I uttered the fateful words "anyone fancy the cinema tonight? There’s a film called Hackers that looks great". And not one of them wanted to come, the selfish bunch. Too interested in playing Doom on their PC, watching The Bill or listening to this ‘Britpop’ stuff. They certainly weren’t busy cleaning the kitchen.

So I made my mind up, walked out of the house and settled down at the Odeon by myself. I loved every minute of the Jonny Lee Miller/Angelina Jolie electro nonsense on my lonesome. And I’ve been enjoying the joys of solo cinema for many years since.

Going to the cinema is a lot of things to a lot of people. Early on in your life it’s a great family day out. In your teenage years there’s the excitement of getting into a film you aren’t quite old enough for, and later still it becomes a sneaky way into the world of romance.

And with a group of you, a trip to the flicks can be an immensely bonding experience. I enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded simply because my slightly drunk mate - Rusty - a massive fan of the original, expressed his displeasure at the slow paced nature of the sequel by yelling “GET ON WITH IT” at the top of his voice after the first 20 minutes. It's still the highpoint of the film.

But the simple joy of popping along to the movies on your own is something that deserves to be celebrated too. For several reasons...

Common sense

Nowadays we’re all happy to watch films on the go, on the bus, even on the toilet (you know who you are) and we don’t share that experience, thankfully in some cases. No-one is ever pilloried for watching a DVD or Blu-ray on their own are they? So why should it be the case in a large building specifically designed for the viewing of films? Yes, my TV is relatively large, but not so big that I have to sit at least 100ft from it, and it can’t show me films that have only just been released.

Day and date releases are changing that to some extent, but films deserve to be seen on a big screen. I bailed out of a free bar at work once for one simple reason - a one-off cinema screening of The Shawshank Redemption was on at the same time. I’ve never regretted that for one minute, having only seen it before (and since) on DVD or TV. Plus, I didn’t end up getting hammered and trying to, er, snog my boss (again, you know who you are).

You get to read the free cinema magazine

Er, this might just be. But there’s something joyous about the free cinema magazines you get, and when you are on your own waiting for the film to begin you can truly appreciate these overlooked publications.

Over the years, long before sites like this or magazines like Empire and Total Film, they were a pretty invaluable source of info on upcoming films. My first glimpse of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was in the pages of the magnificent Flicks publication (woah! A 5cm picture of Indy fighting on a tank!), free at the Torquay Odeon.

Many of the articles are just the PR bumpf written up nicely, so the free film mags also have the unenviable task of being unbelievably positive about everything they are going to show you – no matter how naff they know the film will ultimately be. A recent trip to Vue had me enjoying the Grown Ups 2 feature which just attempted to recall all the best Adam Sandler performances, to remind you that at some point he was quite good. I’m pretty sure the article was funnier than the actual film. And a lot shorter. And didn’t make me want to poke my own eyes out.

It’s about the film

To be honest, you’re never really alone with a film. There’s a lovely relationship that exists between you and the medium itself. Films are made to be watched. Some demand a reaction, some wash over you, Bad Boys 2 made me want to walk out and have a shower to cleanse myself. And with the latter, I was able to do just that, because it was just me and no-one else to consult.

If you’re on your own you don’t have to worry about how the other person you are with is reacting. If they are feeling uncomfortable – as my wife did throughout Sin City – you can be distracted by worrying about their reaction. At the end of the film she even said to me "I think you’d have enjoyed that more on your own", not being a fan of cartoonish characters having their dangly bits pulled off. There will always be films that will work for some people, but not for others. Some you can debate afterwards, but others you wouldn’t ask other people to sit through – so don’t make them.

Together, alone

There’s no reason why you can’t actually turn the singular film experience into something shared by going with someone, but seeing separate films. My other half and I had a great day out – her with Brave while I was busy with Dredd. That meant we got the thrill of the cinema, the choice of what we wanted to see, and the chance to buy incredibly overpriced snacks (she likes those big strawberry jelly sweets, I like fizzy cola bottles) and drinks the size of swimming pools.

For some people I know, this is the only way they can see some 3D films – when their partner or friend can’t abide them or physically cannot view them due to problems with vision. So, until the 3D-monocle is invented, sometimes it’s a very practical solution.

It's all down to you

Finally, there's no compromise when you go to the cinema by yourself. You end up watching the film you want, in the seat that you want to see it. There's no disturbance (if all goes to plan), and instead it's arguably the purest way of watching a movie. It's you, the screen, and nothing else to worry about (again, if all goes to plan) for a couple of hours.

There are downsides, of course. If you end up with a gang of people near you, there's the occasional tendency that they'll pick on the person by themselves. You need more brass than usual to tell the jabberer to keep quiet. That sort of thing. But for more serious films in particular, there's a strong argument that a solitary cinema trip is the best way to see it.

Bottom line: if you go to the cinema by yourself, rest assured: you are very much not alone...

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I've never had a problem with going to the cinema alone. It's the people who show up treating it like they're still at home, talking and texting and otherwise showing zero consideration for others (in one instance, when I complained to some lads about their jabbering during one show, they were in my face afterwards shouting, without irony, "You want quiet, mate, you should just f**king stay home!"). So, between that and the high ticket (and snack) prices for movies that, more often than not, don't deserve it, I've taken that tool's advice and avoided the cinemas altogether.

I love going alone. There's nothing wrong with escaping work, family, friends, etc for just a couple of hours. Don't get me wrong I love my work and family and friends but I don't get much free "me" time. Cinema gives me that. I get a lot of abuse from some people about being a "sad case" for going into a cinema on my own but this article has just somehow qualified my lone cinema hobby. Thank you.

If you can't watch TV by yourself or read a book by yourself, then you shouldn't be going to the movies by yourself, end of story.

I do this quite often when it's a film my wife won't like. Most memorable was The Ninth Gate which I saw in the middle of the day in the middle of the week. I was the only person in the entire theatre. As if the film wasn't creepy enough!

First film I saw on my own was "Shutter Island". It was in a cinema I'd not been to before. It was at night. It was raining when I left.

It was a long bus ride home.

My first time was for Spider-Man 3, how you mentioned Bad Boys 2 is exactly how I felt about Spider-Man and I had the whole 20 minute train journey and the half hour walk home to think about how gay 'evil' Peter was..
(And that's not meant to be a slur against gays, just.. the eyeliner.. the walk.. the finger snapping.. punching MJ?!)

Other than that I've had many solo ventures to the cinema and definitely prefer it to going with company, most recently Elysium (which I KNOW would've been ruined if one of my mates came and was saying how awesome the action was WHISLT said action was happening.. so annoying.)
Just me and the screen, can't beat it.

"I do this quite often when it's a film my wife won't like"
Do you ask her, or just assume?

If I tell her "I quite fancy that film" when we see trailers or previews then she says "Well you can go and see that by yourself."

I quite often go alone and have never had abuse for it from others. As I go I. The daytime I've had the privilege of screens entirely to myself. The cinemas get annoyed though. Watching Lantana, the second the end credits kicked in they turned off the movie! I travelled 45 miles to see The Virgin Suicides but upon arriving at the cinema I was told I was the only ticket they'd sold is they were cancelling the screening for whatever the blockbuster was that week, to which they offered me a free ticket as an apology. And during a screening of Purely Belter - again I was the only patron - the staff kept coming in every 10 mins and standing very close to me, a couple of times talking between themselves. They said between themselves "we've sold out on one screen and here we could sell 200 more tickets..." But ultimately, my solo cinema experiences have been great

That and the fact that having been married for 18 years I can safely say that I know my wife well so don't need to make assumptions. I know that she won't go to see a horror film in the cinema - ever - so if I ask her "Shall we go to see Blair Witch Project/Blade 2/Ninth Gate/30 Days of Night/Scream 4/The Cabin In The Woods/World War Z?" (all films I saw on my own) I'll get an earful of "You ought to know me better than to ask me that."

I have no idea why cinema became a social experience. How did it become socially unacceptable to silently sit still on your own?

I'd argue that it actually makes more sense to go on your own, seeing as watching a film in the cinema is an inherently anti-social experience.

I've seen loads of stuff alone. Inglourious Basterds, (new) Evil Dead and Aliens were particularly brilliant on my own. I feel if it's a busy showing, you can enjoy the audience more if you're on your own...if that makes any sense? I can't stand being in empty screens. Going to the cinema is a communal thing, but not something to enjoy being the only person there. I saw Battle: Los Angeles on my own and I was the only one there. It was okay. I feel like I would have enjoyed it if it was busier though.

Even though I have kids old enough and weird enough to like the films I like I still choose to go and watch films solus; usually the late night show so I can enjoy the decadence of having an entire theatre to myself.

I wouldn't go to the Prince Charles, then. In the last few years, they've made it the most social thing in the world. A shame, as they used to be a great cinema before the whole quote-along BS kicked off.

As a life-long cinema goer I've been going on my own since I was a kid, I think I was tainted when I went to see The Temple of Doom at my local odeon and one of my class mates was there for the second time and basically ruined every up and coming treat the film had in store. I really enjoy solo cinema trips and I get to take my youngest to see all the kids films together so I have the best of both worlds. My favourite film experiences are when you go to see a film and there's no one else in the screening, that's happened a few times at my local out of town multiplex...pure joy!!

My wife hates cinema and my close friends don't do films (they prefer sports and/or waiting for home dvd release) and I really enjoy solo cinema time, there's should be no issue with it at all. If I didn't go to the cinema alone then I would have missed out on a lot over the years

I'm totally with you - I do go occasionally if something really grabs my interest, or my wife makes me - there's no way I'd not go and see the new Star Wars film for example, but I just can't stand the noise in the cinema. I try to go to the early screenings when a film has been out for a couple of weeks. Whoever first decided to sell popcorn in cinemas should be shot. Love films - not that keen on the cinema.

I go to the cinema twice a week and I have to admit as time goes on I get more and more frustrated with the inconsiderate cinema goer, checking their phones every 30 seconds (whilst illuminating the whole cinema), talking through a performance (something I had to endure with my youngest during Cloudy 2 because the two mums who had taken their kids had zero interest in the film). I'm on that fine line between enjoying movies as they are intended and watching them on my laptop, headphones on with absolute uninterrupted joy! Recently seeing the Hobbit on the big screen has swayed my preference back towards the cinema...

How ironic would it be if we formed a solo cinema goer club, we all travel there together and then sit alone in the screening :)

I've been there. I feel your pain.

I agree completely. Popcorn and crisps.

I always go on my own, better that way. Managed to get the whole cinema to myself once which was pretty good.

Going alone is awesome because it allows you to cry you eyes out without the awkwardness of your mates seeing you're an emotional mess. The rest of the cinema may look at you funny but they're all strangers, so screw them.

I'm an American, and I never remember running across free cinema magazines... is that just a UK thing, or have I been going to the wrong cinemas?

Quote along? That sounds awful.

Last film I went to see on my own was Filth as my wife wasn't keen. I felt like a dirty old man.

Although perhaps not as bad as the 17 year old kid who came in with his dad.

I live in the UK and was a teenager in the 80s and early 90s when I used to get free magazines (including 'Flicks' the one shown in the article) all the time at the cinema and the VHS rental shop - one whole wall of my bedroom was covered in film posters from them.

Their positive spins on all films were responsible for me watching some really weird and unusual films (and also discovering some real gems) that I wouldn't normally have known about.

It's a valid concern that you raise - the blinkered assumption that women won't be interested in action/sci-fi. But I think it's fair to say that most of us get a pretty sound impression of what out our respective wives/girlfriends will or will not like.
I must say that I'm lucky these days in that my fiancée has similar tastes to mine. There's lots we can see together, but still one or two things where I'll consider making one of these solo trips.

There are pros and cons. I particularly enjoy the after-film discussions. But with differing work and family commitments, it can be a pain in the arse trying to get a cinema trip organised, plus the endless problems of a film that everyone will enjoy, 2d or 3d, where the best place is to sit. And then there's always one who turns up late because the first ten minutes is only adverts.
Socialising is tiring.

I've been to a couple of early Monday morning viewings, where i was the only person in the cinema. Perfect experience. The increases immersion of a cinema, without the distractions and smells.

THANK YOU! I've argued for years that people need to go alone more. I see so many people saying 'I want to see x but no one will' or 'someone come see x with me!'. If you want to see something that much, GO!
As other's have said, the majority of your time at the cinema is sat in silence (we can all hope) in the dark all staring at a screen. Where's the social aspect of that?

But, I will defend the Prince Charles from a few comments. Their quote/sing-alongs are special events. You know what it's going to be going in. They still show the majority of their films as regular showings, so people would still be expected to shut up like any other cinema.

I'm growing less timid about going by myself, although when I went to see the Avengers for the second time last year, I was on my tod and accidentally wore a Marvel tshirt that day... :/

While I get the whole 'missing out on the shared experience' thing, on most occasions you can discuss it with people who see it at other times.

The first time I went to the cinema alone I took a pen and notepad with me so the other viewers would think I was reviewing the film.

The first film I saw alone was Atonement, the first weekend I'd moved to Sheffield just over 6 years ago. Since then roughly half the films I've seen at the cinema were on my own, and there are definitely postives and negatives for both. Being a dependent sort of chap I do like sharing the experience with someone else, but going alone grants you some extra freedom, as well as a peculiarly different connection with the film you're seeing. I'm just thrilled that this is an experience that's been deemed worthy of its own DoG article!

Same here - I've managed to actually get my wife into Marvel through the Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Avengers films (although she freely admits that the actor playing Johnny Storm/Captain America, Wolverine and Thor are major influences on her reason to come) but horror is still one hundred percent off the cards. And films of any genre about the end of the world.

Bit of an exaggeration. The Prince Charles is a great little cinema for catching some smaller releases, or older classics you didn't get a chance to see at the cinema. Yeh, they do do sing-a-longs, quote-a-longs & free pizza and beer screenings etc., but that's 1 or 2 screenings out of hundreds every week. They're clearly aimed at hardcore, social fans - so just don't go to those ones. There's plenty of other stuff, including anything new they have, to see there antisocially. Stop being ridiculous.

I sentiment I share. Nothing good ever came from mixing with other people ever since honesty, integrity & manners were bred out of the population by our sick culture.

I found myself at a loose end one day and took myself off to see Rise of The Planet of The Apes. I really enjoyed it. It was great not having to wait around for anyone (the wife always goes for trip to the loo before a film starts and as I watch other people file in can't help think "I bet they take the seat I wanted"). I just found the seat which was on the exact centre of the room and plonked myself down in it. I think if you're watching a comedy it helps to have a group of people around for atmosphere purposes but otherwise solitary viewings are the way forward!

Thanks so much for writing this article. I go to the cinema on my own 99% of the time and it's good to know I'm not the only one. :)

Anything that gets people into independently run cinemas and away from the soulless popcorn fest multiplex is a good thing in my books.

The quote along is just ONE of film experiences they offer. If you don't like everyone chatting away through the film, then you would not go to one of these screenings.

I am 32 and most of the films I love, I never got the chance to see on the big screen first time around. All that has changed now thanks to this cinema. Most recently I got to see one of my favourite ever films, An American Werewolf in London.

I wish the multiplexes would understand there's a real audience for seeing re-runs of older films. I'm an unlimited card holder so I see everything at the local cineworld cinemas (I split my time between two cinemas), but the re-release of The Shining (which I was lucky enough to see originally) was packed with younger cinema goers. It must be cheaper to purchase a print of an older 'classic' and pass it around the cinema chain for special screenings? I never saw An American Werewolf at the cinema and would love to. There's the cinema at Hyde Park in Leeds that shows a multitude of non mainstream films but I'm a movie man, not arthouse cinema which I don't particularly enjoy...there, I said it!!

I convinced my wife to come and see Inception, I was on the edge of my seat and she was checking her watch (constantly)...

I sort of agree with the comedy thing but I had a great experience when I say Alpha Papa as a solo trip because I was laughing along with the rest of the people in there, I'm getting less self-conscious about laughing out loud when at the cinema, I'm just there to enjoy myself :)

The problem is they offer some great films only as a quote-along. Not everybody likes listening to 200 people shouting along with a film.

They're also a bit hypocritical. They refused to put stuff like Twins and Kindergarten Cop in their Arnie All-Nighter because they didn't want it to seem like a joke, yet they included a bit between films that showed some TV ads Arnie did in Japan or whatever. It just seems like in the last few years the management have evolved into those annoying 'ironic' people.

I know what you mean, also remember when you used to choose a film from the video rental shop/van based solely on the cover...those were the days when I used to return back home from the rental van with The Green Hornet (Bruce Lee version) and Driller Killer...

I often go on my own. In fact, I saw The Hobbit on my own on Monday. Whilst I do miss the after film discussion, it's pretty much no different from going with a group once you're in the screen (assuming you have friends who don't talk, I know once person who sometimes does this). Also we have websites like this for discussion, so even that isn't fully lost.

I wrote an article on here a few months back where I talked about the VHS covers in the horror section of the video shop traumatising me as a child! Shriek of the Mutilated, Cannibal Holocaust and Zombie Flesh Eaters were the worst!

Thanks Peter. I wrote it remembering a chap who told me he would never go to the cinema on his own, but would go on holiday alone - always struck me as bizarre. Keep the faith!

Saw Filth to review it and went to a 11.00pm screening. I was on my own until the lights went down and one chap came in, walked the whole way round the seats, and then sat down directly behind me. Spent the first 15 mins expecting I was going to be murdered.

I had the poster for 1987's Ghost Chase amongst them. Took it off the wall after I saw the film!

Thanks RebelDog. The 'me time' thing is exactly right - who cares if you're on your own when the lights go down - you're there for the film, that's what counts. Never feel like you're a 'sad case', you've just got a love of cinema :)

Amelie. Cried like a kid. It was dark, I retained my manliness. Bliss.

I've been going to the cinema by myself for many years. At least ten with the occasional visit with friends or my other half. I am there to see a film so don't care if I am on my own. I have a cineworld unlimited card and take my self at least every Saturday morning, when the cinema is almost empty. I always get slagged my frineds but honestly I don't care at all.

I had 2 experiences years ago when I used to go alone to the theater: The first didn't really bother me but I still remember it. There was only about 9 people in the the theater- me and 4 couples. 5 minutes before the movie started a pair of teenage girls came in and sat 2 rows behind me. One of them said "Oh look, that guy is all by himself." The other girl said "Thats so sad." ….My other story involved me going to see Full Metal Jacket and in the theater were nothing but single men during the afternoon (probably a dozen of us). We were all scattered about and out of all the places to sit, some old man in his 70's sat right next to me. Right. Next. To. Me. After about 1 minute of this I stood up and changed to a different seat and row. I wonder what would have happened if I had stayed?

Projection.

"Premium" theaters (cinemas) are becoming more common in the US. They're great. The seats are comfortable and spacious (in some cases you get a reclining chair with pillow and blanket), they serve delicious meals (in addition to the usual snacks), and best of all? Full bar service. Beer, cider, wine, mixed drinks, coffee, you name it, they do it.
"Regular" theaters are even jumping on the band wagon with the alcoholic beverages and better food offerings.
The best part is these premium theaters are usually about the same price (sometimes even less expensive) than the regular ones, offer perks like free popcorn and water, often times you can preselect your seat when you buy your tickets online (no more waiting in line to get good seats), and your fellow movie goers tend to be more well behaved. It's an absolutely great way to see a movie and I haven't been able to go back to a regular theater since.

Been to theaters in four different states (at least) and never seen a cinema magazine. Guessing it's a UK thing.

One of my most favourite trips to the cinema was to see Thor at the Hollywood cinema in Dereham - I was, litterally, alone- the only person in the screening- which meant a big bag of popcorn, a drink and getting to still smack bang in the middle.
There's something fun and yet oddly eerie about being the only person in a screening....

For a man who enjoys going to the cinema alone, I thank you for this article!

Ditto.

I saw Skyfall on my own. Loved every minute of it.

It's a Euro thing then. I'm Dutch and we have them everywhere. It's a good medium to make other films known to people who enjoy going to the cinemas, but are not visitors of DoG ya know? :P

I've currently seen 'Desolation of Smaug' twice, one with my mother and once alone. I much preferred alone, though partly as I got to see the Barrel Escape uninterrupted, as the first time round I was sadly forced to confiscate her phone until the end of the film.

I wouldn't say there's no disturbance when you go on your own. You're still forced to deal with talking, texting, surfing dickheads, and gaggles of teens who enjoy rushing off to the toilets together more than watching the movie. That aside, solo viewing is just fine.

I've never done it myself but I have no problem with going to the movies alone. I actually just got back from The Hobbit with a female friend of mine and she actually brought up how lame it is when people go on first dates with others and choose the movies as their destination. You pay a lot to watch these movies plus it's so loud in there that it's not really conducive to conversation so the movies seems like the last place you'd want to take somebody to get to know them. I have never looked at it that way but now that I am it doesn't seem quite as necessary to go with somebody else regardless of the occasion. It's not like you're going to be conversing with them much and so forth. As others have already mentioned you also won't have the potential distraction of worrying about what whoever is with you will or won't do.

Sure I would miss the after movie discussion, assuming you're with somebody or some people that offer stimulating discussion (Which isn't always the case), but overall I just think going alone makes more sense.

I recommend seeing A Field In England and Enter The Void on your own if you get a chance. Or Eraserhead if you're brave.

People like to "reserve" vast swaths of the auditorium. So even if you've gotten there early and are close to the front of the line, you may find yourself forced to "watch alone" just to get a decent viewing position. This (and my projector) are why I won't soon set foot in an actual theater any time soon.

I've always had no problem with going by myself. That won't keep me from going. I just find the nonsense of movie theaters these days to be intolerable.

I disagree actually. For certain films, like Mean Girls and Anchorman, a quote along screening could be a great bit of fun.

My first film alone was Land of the Dead back in 2005, and I've been doing it most of the time ever since.

I still remember a conversation I had with my flatmate at uni, after I told him I was going to see Waltz with Bashir alone (he's a lovely bloke, but is the sort that won't watch a black and white film and considers anything pre-90s to be an 'old' film).

"You're going alone? That's so sad!"
"Really? Well, do you want to come watch an animated documentary? In Hebrew? About a guy who's trying to recall his lost memory of the Lebanon War? No? Well shut up then!"

I'll try and go see a film with a friend if possible, but I'll be damned if I'm going to miss a film just because none of my friends want to see it. I also don't work on Fridays, which means I spend the vast majority of the day watching back to back films on my own, and it is heavenly.

I also was lucky enough to see Toy Story 3 completely alone with nobody else in the cinema, and it was one of the greatest cinematic experiences I've ever had.

I have had similar experiences here in American theaters. I'll purposely go to the last showing so it won't be crowded, but end up surrounded by a group, when we're the only ones in the dang theater.

completely agree with the sentiment of this article. I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We have a beautiful, Art-Deco style independent cinema called the Strand. I go there all the time by myself. I don't feel any guilt or embarassment or need to explain myself for going to see Thor or some other nonsense. I often have the whole theatre to myself and there are no corporate advertisements. I went to an Odeon to see Gravity in 3D and was both shocked and furious by the nearly 30 minutes of ads before the movie. The Strand is a local business and I'm sure I would not be the only person who would be heart-broken if it closed.

Going to the cinema on your own is awesome. I never understood the stigma that comes with it. Sure it can be fun to go with a group of friends to see a dumb popcorn flick, or with family on your birthday or whatever, but ultimately, as I'm sure many people have said, you go to the cinema to watch a film. It's a personal thing; you're not supposed to be talking the whole way through.

I go on my own the majority of the time, and I love it. I've seen roughly 120 films at the cinema this year, and I reckon for about 100 of them I was alone. I like going during the week when it's a bit quieter, when it's generally a well-behaved audience who just wants to be quiet and watch the film, like me, and when I can get my favourite seat.

I'd take that over a loud, busy, hot dog-scented screen any day.

The last time I went to a theater was ten years ago to see Return of the King. This last monday I went to see the Desolation of Smaug and walked out as a flu incubator. I was sitting in the front section completely by myself when the movie started sick people moved in the open row almost right behind me. 2:41 minutes later I was infected. Thanks a lot

To be honest, until I saw this article, it had never occurred to me that there was anything unusual about going to the cinema alone. Even now, I'm not really sure what the point of this article is.

I've been watching movies on me own for years, as have numerous other people I know. And in general, certainly for most of the afternoon/early evening screenings I've been to over the years, there always tends to be a fair few other 'individuals' in the cinema too.

I'm not sure what the big deal is?

I go it alone 99% of the time, and when I'm with someone else it's usually a family member or two. Awareness of the person you're with, to me, detracts from the viewing experience.

I just got done finally watch Man Of Steel today on my TV, I didn't catch it in theaters because I just couldn't find any of my friends who wanted to go. The whole time watching it, despite the fact that I have a 60" TV and a nice surround sound system --- I was like "crap, this needed to be watched in the theater."

Next time there is a film I really want to see and can't find anyone who wants to go, I'm going to have to take this advice.

Oh my goodness! Roland Emmerich??? How have I never heard of this? Please tell me that IMDb's wrong with it's score of 3.6, and that it's a forgotten masterpiece...

A round of applause for you for confiscating your mother's phone!

Sadly not

I started going alone in '96 - My college course finished at 10:30am on a Friday, which meant I could be at the cinema when it opened at 11:00am.. Back in those days at the Odeon, if you bought your tickets for a showing before noon, they were £2! The way the cinema was laid out, you had to show a ticket to get through to the screens, but once you were through, you could stay there all day without anyone noticing. Did this every week from '96 - '98, so pretty much saw every major new release for that two year period - 2 or 3 movies every Friday. Quite often, I was the only person in the screen, which was totally awesome.. There we highs (Face / Off - Saw it 3 times in 3 weeks) and lows (G.I. Jane and Nothing to Lose with Martin Lawrence being the worst), but it really made me appreciate that critics aren't always the definitive view on a movies worth, and that going alone tended to be a lot more for than going with someone disinterested in the movie, or the cinema going experience as a whole.. I still go alone occasionally these days when it's something I want to really savour.. Early morning showings of The Hobbit for instance.

How lucky are you? I have to time my cinema visits so I can get there just in time to see the back of Kevin Bacon and hopefully get a good seat :)

I go on my own alot mainly because I can see what I want and seat where I want. and don't have to worry about catering to others lol

Me and my friends call going to the cinema on your own as "doing a Hard Candy" because we mercilessly took the piss out of a friend of ours for going to watch the Ellen Page movie "Hard Candy" on his own. I personally see nothing wrong with it and have done it numerous times myself but will never admit it to my friends, but couldn't pass up an opportunity to take the piss out of my mate lol

Who needs reasons? I'm an introvert and simply enjoy the solitude, as well being able to have an experience without having to share and discuss it afterwards.

I once went to see "The Proposition" on my own as noone I knew wanted to see it. In fact, noone else wanted to see it, at least not at half past midday on a Tuesday in Liverpool. So I had the entire cinema to myself. Which was nice.

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