For as long as I can remember I have had a fear and anxiety of going to the cinema alone. I just couldn’t imagine it. Sitting there, on my own, being judged by people with their friends.
But why do we feel that way? Why can we sit at home and watch TV alone and yet we feel embarrassed about going to the cinema by ourselves? I know when I am with my friends and I see people watching a film alone that I never think anything of it, or them. But still. No.
Until today. I finally decided to go to the cinema alone and get over my fear.
I wanted to see The Greatest Showman again, for the fifth time (yes, really), because I love it.
Unfortunately nobody seems to love it as much as me so I thought I’m not missing out on seeing something I really enjoy just because nobody else wants to watch it as much as I do.
So today I decided to head to my local ODEON cinema for the viewing of The Greatest Showman just after lunch. I was pretty anxious at first, but it wasn’t too busy when I arrived. I got my ticket and a large Coke Zero (no calories, woo) and headed into the screen and took my seat.
And guess what? Nobody judged me or even looked at me. Nobody threw a bin at me and shouted “BILLY NO MATES” either haha. Nobody cared. And best of all, I loved it. It was empowering.
I really, really enjoyed going to the cinema alone. So much so, I will do it more often.
There are even benefits to going to the cinema alone:
- You don’t have to share your food
Who enjoys sharing their food? Be honest. Because I don’t. If I see a hand diving into my popcorn I just want to smack it away with a growl. That’s my food. MINE.
- You don’t have to pretend something is funny
We all do it. We can’t help ourselves. When our friend finds something funny and laughs out loud we automatically feel the need to join in. But when you’re at the cinema alone you can completely relax and laugh and snort at only the things you find funny.
- You don’t have to fight for arm-rest space
That’s easily one of the most annoying things about going to the cinema with a friend. The arm-rest battle. When you go alone, they’re all yours. Sprawl out, get comfortable, relax.
- You don’t have to listen to anyone
You know the friend I’m talking about. All they do is talk. You just want to enjoy the film and all you can hear is YAP, YAP, YAP. Beautiful silence when you go alone.
So if you’re one of those people who would love to go to the cinema alone but you’re too scared, anxious or worried about looking like a lonesome loser. Seriously, just go do it.
I’m going to go alone more often. Sitting alone at the cinema also enables you to sink deeper into a film as well as your thoughts and reflections along the way. It’s so peaceful, relaxing and empowering. I feel so good for making myself do it, and you will too. Trust me!