Monday, November 20, 2006

Solo at the Movies?

(No, unfortunately, this post isn't going to be about Han Solo...although if you twist my arm, I could put up a pic of him just for fun...)

What I really wanted to write about is: do you go to the movies alone?

I never went to the movies alone until I was out of college. In fact, the first movie I ever went to see by myself was When Harry Met Sally...
It was right after the final break up with the guy I'd thought I was going to marry--we'd broken up, and then gotten back together, and when I finally realized it was really over; that we just weren't right for each other, I needed something fun to do.

I didn't think I wanted to see a romantic comedy--after all, I'd just broken up with my sort of fiance. But my dear friend Cheryl (waving, 'cause I know you're out there) told me I had to see it, and that it would give me hope and a few laughs.

So I went by myself, and I was so glad I did.

And that started something for me. I've found that I love to go to movies by myself. Usually, I prefer to go during the day, where 1) it's cheaper, 2) there's no one else there, and 3) I feel like I'm playing hookey.

Also, 4), because I don't have to share my popcorn and Twizzlers.

Plus, I don't have to wait for my Music Man to decide to go with me, and I can often get a jump on new movies by going the day they open, during the day.

I went and saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera the day it opened, all by myself, and absolutely gorged myself on popcorn, Twizzlers, and music...ah! the music.

I also saw The Devil Wears Prada the same way--in both cases because I couldn't wait to see it, and my Music Man wasn't interested in going. However, when the new Pride & Prejudice came out last year, with Keira Knightley, I waited to go with one of my good friends so we could discuss and compare it to the BBC version.

(The BBC version won out in my book, but I still loved the new version for different reasons.)

How about you? Do you go by yourself? Are there certain movies you see or prefer to see alone? Why?


Anonymous maggsnfamy soliloquized...

I haven't done that recently but I have in the past done movies or dinner alone. I have no problem going alone. I am an only child though so I don't know if that makes a difference. I grew up doing alot of things alone.

Monday, November 20, 2006 3:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Gypsy soliloquized...

When Lancelot and I lived apart I would often go to movies alone. It's kind of liberating. I also prefer to see new James Bond movies alone. I don't want anyone interfering with my pleasure.

Monday, November 20, 2006 4:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Janet soliloquized...

I don't mind going to movies alone at all! In fact...I was talking about this on another blog today. I go because alone for many reasons; none of my friends want to see the movie, or I don't want to wait, or I don't feel like working out logistics (most of my friends have a much busier schedule than I do).

I had to laugh about the twizzlers...I had those yesterday at the movies (sigh...but I had to share LOL)!

Monday, November 20, 2006 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Maggs~I love to eat dinner out alone! There's nothing like being waited on while eating good food and reading a good book. One of my favorite things to do!

Gypsy~James Bond movies? Why those in particular? I'm dying to see the new one...I was going to wait for Music Man to see it with me, but he's so busy and it's not a priority for him. LOL! I may have to go on my own!

Monday, November 20, 2006 4:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

I prefer to go on my own.

Partly it's that I can go in the daytime when it's cheaper.

But mostly it's like reading for me. It's a solitary event. Afterwards, especially if it's a good movie, Muse needs time to chew over it.

So I mostly go alone, because I promised myself when I started writing again that if my quirk doesn't hurt anybody, then I'd stick with it.

Monday, November 20, 2006 4:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Tammy Kearly soliloquized...

Love seeing a movie alone - especially one where I know the humor may not be everyone's cup of tea. Or the subject matter. Last movie I saw alone was Wordplay, a documentary about the National Crossword Championships - I knew I was the only geek in my crowd geeky enough to want to see it. It took so long to get to town, too, that I rushed to it the minute it got here, and was not disappointed.

It is kind of momentous, though, going alone for the first time - especially if you're a social creature by habit. I think I was in my early-mid twenties the firs time too.

I think that's around the time you start to realize if you don't do things for yourself, you might miss out on something you want.

Taking a vacation by yourself is very liberating also. And something I'm glad I started doing (though was in my thirties for that).

Monday, November 20, 2006 5:43:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Avril Morris soliloquized...

Yeeeah--love going to movies alone! I always have. (I think it started because my dear, sweet, tender-hearted dad only wants to see romantic movies--which are some of my faves, too--and every time something tender happens, which is like every 3 minutes, he utters this little moan--which is so cute and sweet, but, not to be mean, HUSH UP ALREADY! yahahaha!!) I also love taking solo road trips. Haven't mastered eating out alone, yet, unless it's at a cafe where reading while eating is OK.

Monday, November 20, 2006 6:03:00 PM  
Blogger mosker soliloquized...

I do like to see movies by myself. Not only do I not have share my treats, but I can also pick any movie I want without fear of my companion being disappointed in my choice. (I convinced my sister to see a movie with me years ago, based on what happened in the book. She was so mad that it did not have the happy ending I had promised her.)

Monday, November 20, 2006 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...

Who shares their popcorn and Twizzlers? Sheesh. I must be stingy. ;)

Monday, November 20, 2006 8:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

I prefer going to the movies in a group. If I watch a movie alone, I'd rather rent a video. I have gone by myself, and will go, but I prefer not to.

Monday, November 20, 2006 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jill Monroe soliloquized...

Colleen - I can't tell you how exciting it is to find someone who found reasons to like BOTH versions of P&P. I adore both (with a slight favor toward BBC).

Monday, November 20, 2006 9:39:00 PM  
Anonymous sassymonkey soliloquized...

I got to movies alone often. And to eat alone. And go to the theatre alone. And the ballet... If I waited for people to do things with me I'd never get to do anything and and I'd be a bitter cranky individual.

I liked both versions of P&P too. I mean, I don't think you can really beat the BBC version but that scene at dawn in the new one just makes me *sigh*.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:34:00 AM  
Anonymous scifichick soliloquized...

Sure, I go by myself sometimes. I don't always have friends that want to see the same movies that I do. If I want to see a movie, I go.. whether or not I choose to invite someone to come along.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck soliloquized...

No, I wouldnt go to the movies alone. I have always been very very self conscious about things like that. I used to be able to wait and Pay Per View was always a nice option, or Netflix, loved the Netflix

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Oh I have no problem going on my own. (It takes the bf so long to decide he wants to see a movie that I get tired of waiting and just go on my own. There are some movies that just HAVE to be seen in the theater.)

School days is when I started as well. I can remember going to see The Matrix over and over at the theaters ... and I did it alone.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

sassymonkey, scifichick~that's exactly why I go alone, because if I wait for someone else, life's gonna pass by!

Tammy~I would love to go on a vacation alone. I've traveled alone (for business), but never really for personal. Just think of all the books I could read at the restaurant tables!

Zeek~yep, I don't wait for my MM to go to movies anymore for that reason...they just take too darn long to decide to go...Why wait?

Sparky~I used to think it was odd to go to movies alone, but it's surprising how many people do go--I see them there. Especially during the day. Maybe someday you'll try it!

Jill~I think there's a whole darn blog post there on the differences and opinions of the two P&Ps. And I love that scene when he comes walking across the foggy moors in the morning. Sigh.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 3:37:00 PM  
Blogger Valeen soliloquized...

Wow - I didn't realize there were so many of us who enjoyed doing the movie thing on our own. I'll often go to the movies on my own, usually for the same reason's as specified by everyone above. Its a movie too sappy for my hubby to want to watch even under the most dire circumstances, or I don't want to wait for him to decide he does want to see it. I also like the musicals that have come out, like RENT, and I don't know anyone else who enjoys those. So I see them by myself.

Monday, November 27, 2006 2:21:00 PM  

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