2.25.2019

Watching Movies Solo: Embracing these mini adventures

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What are your thoughts on going to the movies alone? Ten years ago, I went to the theatre by myself for the first time. My husband was away that weekend, none of my friends were around, and I was eager to watch Eat Pray Love, so I thought why not? I marched to the theatre, bought my movie ticket and a glass of red wine (yes, that theatre served wine!), and had a thrilling experience!

While I had a great time, I somehow never thought of repeating the act of solo movie watching until a few months ago. My husband and I used to love going to the movies before we had the girls. Now, in our time together sans kids, we like to dine out, catch up with friends or occasionally attend concerts. Watching movies isn’t really on our radar since we can always enjoy them at home later on. But it’s not the same, there’s something unique about viewing a film in theaters.

There’s a cute little old school theatre within minutes of our house, that always tempts me to go in and get lost in an interesting movie. One day this past fall, I decided to give it a try. A movie called Puzzle was playing and I really admired the work of the lead Indian actor Irfan Khan and Kelly Macdonald of Boardwalk Empire fame. I waited for my husband to get home in the evening to be with the girls, and went and watched the 6 p.m. showing. There was only one other person in the theater and it was perfect.

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My usual go-to activities to enjoy alone are window shopping or long walks in the city. I don’t have the patience for crowded stores anymore, and I’m really enjoying catching up on some of the independent movies instead. Colette is the next one I watched. Followed by A Star is Born. I had been warned about the tear-jerking nature of the movie but I decided to brave it anyway. Lucky for me, the movie started much later than scheduled and I missed the ending (I know!) as I had to pick up my daughter from a birthday party. I finally finished watching it this last Friday at home right in time for the Oscars!


I also ended up watching Kusama:Infinity at the MFA in Boston this past weekend, and I’m still in awe of Yayoi Kusama -- her incredible work and life story.

I’ve truly been enjoying this solo ritual lately, and it has given me a chance to explore some independent, foreign films. I don’t care for recliner seats or dine-in theatres. I’m just happy to get away and have a little adventure on my own. I do miss the ‘shared experience’ aspect of it and post-movie discussions with someone but independent movie-watching has been liberating in its own way, and I wonder why I waited so long.

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