August 26, 2012

Alone in the dark

Did the title fool you? I'm not about to share a horror story or tell you about my childhood fear of being alone in the dark. Sorry about that. Anyway, I was aimlessly clicking through the random topic generator I mentioned in one of my earlier posts and found something that caught my fancy: going to the movies alone.

Most people I know won't even think of doing that. Maybe it's because going to the cinema is believed to be a shared activity and not something you do by yourself. It could be that or the thought of being alone in a dark room with strangers all around you is just plain creepy. Aside from the possibility of encountering a pervert, there is a chance that something might go wrong in there. But isn't that true to any place we visit everyday? If you actually think about it, any place can be potentially dangerous. So why not just take the risk for the heck of it?

I've only gone to the movies alone once and it was for a film entitled Eragon. It's based on a book of the same name. It's basically about a boy who finds a dragon egg, hatches it and starts an unexpected journey with his new-found companion. I was supposed to watch it with my friends, but they decided to ditch me when I was already on my way to the local mall. I didn't want to miss the movie, so I bravely bought a ticket and marched into the movie house alone.

At first, I felt really anxious in there because of course, a lot of crazy thoughts went through my mind. I sat near the entrance just so I could bolt in case of emergencies. Throughout the movie, the only time I ever needed to run was when I needed to use the restroom. I didn't want to miss anything so I tried my best to get back to my seat as soon as I could. One of the disadvantages of going to the movies alone is that you don't have a friend who could update you on what you missed after a bathroom break. Luckily, I only missed the part where Saphira hatched from her egg.

Mostly, I remember having a lot of fun watching the movie. I was really looking forward to it for months after reading the first book. I remember squealing when I saw the movie poster at one of our malls here. Joy and excitement had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I did nothing but compare the book to the movie in my head. Sometimes, I fought so hard not to comment on the movie out loud. It was really difficult to keep my mouth shut because I was so overwhelmed. I realized that when you're watching alone, you get to concentrate. There's no one beside you who'd distract you by asking you what's going on and stuff like that. The movie has your undivided attention and I think that's the best way to enjoy and understand it.

If you still haven't tried going to the cinema alone, maybe you should. Think of it as a way to treat yourself to some alone time. I think it would be best if you go see a movie that you've been looking forward to, just like what I did. At least you'll know you'll actually have a good time. Of course, I'm not stopping you from gambling your money on a ticket to a movie you've never heard of. That might have its own kind of excitement as well.

Just remember to always be vigilant though. Take a seat near the entrance like I did and be choosy about your seatmates. You can never be too sure, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

How about you? Have you ever been to the movies alone? What was it like?


  1. I'd say I actually end up at the theater more often solo than in company. Since becoming a mom, it's a nice easy out. "You want a little time off?" "Sure, I'll go watch a movie!" But I've long enjoyed going to movies by myself. That way, no one minds if/when I fall asleep . . . ;)

  2. Then I guess there are a lot of people who enjoy watching movies alone too. Thanks for sharing. It made me think of trying to go alone again. :)


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