Going to the movies is a common American pastime enjoyed by many each and every week. Thus, when you are an individual who avoids the movie theater, you can stick out like a sore thumb when it comes to social life. What made a 20-something girl dislike going to the movies, even with her boyfriend?
Crowds of Inappropriateness. We all have seen the funny comedies when someone goes to the movies and there is someone chatting on their phone, talking really loud, or kicking your seat. As we watch these segments on television, we all laugh about how much of an exaggeration it is. Well, not for me. My last 4 or 5 times I went to the movies, I had someone kick my seat, talk really loud, and just distract me from the movie. I was at the end of my rope when my boyfriend, who was an avid moviegoer, asked me to go to the movies because it would be relaxing. We chose a movie that had been out for a while and chose a time that would not draw in a big crowd. The movie theater was almost empty when the movie began. As the previews were on, a group of college-aged students came in. The sat right in the row behind us, and of course, they were chatting and the man behind me kept bumping my seat as he reached over to his friend for popcorn. After about five bumps to the back, my boyfriend kindly turned around and asked the man to be more aware of his movement. The man apologized but within fifteen minutes it started up again. Breaking point.
Disappointing Movies. When I was younger, I used to leave the movie theater in anticipation for the VHS to be released. I would go and buy the CD right after at F.Y.E. because the soundtrack was just that good. Aside from Harry Potter, which I did go see at the theaters, movies have been a disappointment in general. I mean, Twilight? (Sorry Bella and Edward fans, the movies were just bad). I found I would be flipping open my phone midway through to see how much longer I had to sit here (I was too cheap to leave a movie that I had paid and arm and a leg for).
Comfort of Home. To me, nothing beats sitting in my pajamas with a group of friends watching a movie in font of the television. Inexpensive, healthier popcorn and soda, ability to pause for bathroom breaks, and if the movie is bad you can either fast forward to see how it ends or just put another one in. The only crowd around you are a group of friends who do not annoy you while trying to watch. And you have the option of pause and rewind, in case there are moments of laughter or if you have to ask someone what the heck just happened.
So long movie theater. You are not worth the hassle, the price, or the annoyance. And thank you movie company for making movies come out so quickly on DVD!