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Going to the Movies Alone — Give It a Chance!

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Traditionally, when people think about going to the movies they think of groups of people or a couple on a date. Rarely — or never — do people think about someone going to the movies alone. Today, we live in a world that craves companionship and doing things alone is branded as taboo.  

Why should wanting to enjoy a nice film on your own be so hard to do? If anything, people should embrace doing things alone. Ultimately, this will allow people to not miss out on doing something just because they don’t have anyone to do it with.

Recently, I saw someone eating out at a restaurant alone and I thought that was amazing. They seemed to be enjoying their meal and didn’t care that they were surrounded by tables of full of multiple people. At the time, this was my realization moment that I shouldn’t be ashamed to do something alone. Honestly, seeing that gave me the courage to go to the movies by myself, and many others have done the same.

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When You Should Go Alone

Have you ever been in the position of yearning to see a movie, but none of your friends can go? Or you have no friends that like a particular type of movie you love? Or you just can’t find anyone to go with?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then those are your chances to go alone. Just because you don’t have someone to go with doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. Chances are, if you don’t find anyone when you want to go, then you probably won’t find someone period. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to wait until the movie comes out on demand or on DVD. But, why wait?

In this situation, the logical solution would be to go alone. Yet, not a lot of people come to that conclusion because they’re afraid. Admittedly, doing something by yourself that is generally thought of as a group event can be daunting. Social constructions that basically ‘shun’ doing things alone stop people from an amazing experience.

Take the opportunity to go to the movies alone when it arises. Personally, I was faced with this situation when Ant-Man and the Wasp came out. Unfortunately, basically all of my friends are not big Marvel fans and the one that is had already seen it. So, I decided to go alone. After I took the initiative to see it solo, I was glad I went.

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How It Feels to be By Yourself at the Movies

As you walk to the ticket line, there is a nagging antsiness to your movements. You can’t help but look around and wonder if everyone is looking at you. You feel like everyone knows that you’re alone. Before you get all the way there, you almost turn back but you push through. When you pick what seat to sit in, a feeling of relief overcomes you when you don’t need to coordinate where to sit. There is no need to find a section with two or three seats available; all you have to do is find one for yourself. In a theater that doesn’t assign seats, going alone is even better.   

While you get your drink, popcorn and/or candy, you don’t have to wait for a friend behind you. Worrying about only gives you time to get to your seats before the previews. So, if you’re like me, you want to see the previews because they help you decide what movie to see next.  

For some reason, as soon as you sit down alone at the movies for the first time a giddy feeling overcomes you. Truthfully, there is just a sense of freedom and excitement about being alone at the movies. Enjoying a movie you want to see doesn’t need two people.  

Once the lights dim, nothing else matters. No one cares that you’re alone. Take the plunge and go alone and see how it makes you feel.

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Erin Winans

Hello! I'm a recent James Madison Alumni and my ultimate dream job is to become a film critic which is why I'm grateful for becoming part of the MovieBabble team!

17 Responses

  1. Lol the best things to do are going alone and watching a movie, you get great seating and don’t have to share popcorn with anyone XD

  2. Amazing!! I totally agree with you.. this is a really wonderful post.. I loved it..♡♡
    Being alone is a great thing to do due to its numerous benefits.
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  3. One of my favorite things in the world. A rare moment where I’m allowed to set my cellphone to airplane mode and pay attention to a single thing.

  4. Jason says:

    Good post. I usually go to the movies by myself. I do enjoy going with my friends (especially some of the year’s more anticipated movies), but I usually go to the movies solo. Mostly, due to the fact that I can go when I want to go (usually during the day when it isn’t crowded).

  5. 9.5/10 times I go to the movies, I go alone! I’ve never even thought it a weird thing.

    And 7/10 times I go to restaurants, I go alone.

    Maybe I just have no friends, lol!

  6. M.R. Miller says:

    I’ve been to the movies alone exactly once. Years ago, I went to see The Prestige because my family was all gone on a Friday night and I really wanted to see the movie (but no one else did). I did feel weird in the ticket line, especially when I ran into a coworker and his wife, but the experience was awesome for all the reasons you described above. (And I couldn’t have picked a better movie — still one of my favorites) But I never did it again because everyone I told about it thought I was crazy, particularly my husband. Now I know I’m not alone in thinking this is a good idea and I’ll have to do it again. 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  7. One of my favorite things in the world, to be honest. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, because my local theater doesn’t have early showings very often, making it hard to work around my daughter’s school schedule.

  8. I enjoy going to movies alone. Enjoy the “me” time. And after the movie is finished, I often go browse books in the bookshop, another thing I enjoy doing alone. I have never felt awkward or wondered if anyone is looking at me.

  9. Quick story: Went to the movies alone between classes way back in ’02, and ended up watching The Mothman Prophecies all alone. All. Alone. Scariest movie I ever saw 😂

  10. Agreed. And you know what else ? You don’t have to have someone to discuss the movie with when it’s finished. Sometimes the movie needs to be processed.

    • Erin Winans says:

      That’s so true! If you go by yourself, you don’t have to worry about gathering your thoughts together right away to discuss with someone. The more time you have to process, the better your analysis will be 🙂

  11. I still remember my first solo movie outing, ever since then I can’t get enough! Its great to see a film with others but equally as great to ride solo.
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  12. I saw Step Up 2 by myself. I was new to my state and depressed because I didn’t know anybody yet and was trying to pretend like I had made a friend in college since my parents were worried.

    I liked that movie! I love dancing movies though. Oh and I also took myself to Ihop before the movie and read while I ate. I’ve only done this one time.

  13. Peachy says:

    This is actually one of my favorite things to do alone. It’s very enjoyable, and quite convenient – especially when I decide very last minute or if I’m going to see a SUPER cheesy movie. I’ve gone to quite a few movies by myself over the past year. I’ve also gone a couple of times to a restaurant by myself, one being sometime last month. It’s not as enjoyable as going to a movie, but it’s quite nice especially when I sat down by a window and was really able to splurge on a lot of food and takeouts for family!

    Thanks for sharing this article! I always enjoy reading film reviews, but it’s nice to see a #lifestyle article once in a while.

  14. Yay! Love your post as I absolutely love going to the movies alone. When you think about it, you cannot talk during the movie so why do you need a companion? I discovered this years ago and it makes me so happy that I can sit wherever I want and get there ridiculously early.

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