Is it normal to go t the movies by yourself? This may be the question running through your self “conscious mind,” as this prevents you from enjoying the bliss of going to the movies alone.
Imagine making plans with a friend to see a movie you’ve been waiting for, only for them to call you, “Oh my God, something urgent just came up. Can we cancel?”?
Or you may have no one to join you to the movies, but there’s this new release you’re dying to see and can’t because you’re super conscious about going alone to the movies alone.
You may have someone to accompany you to the movies, your friend or romantic partner. However, they don’t want to watch the movie you’ve been longing o see.
And because of this, you switch to another movie simply because you’re trying to please others and also scared of being seen without a partner at the cinema.
Here’s the truth, there’s nothing wrong with going to the movies alone.
There’s more benefit when you take yourself on a movie date and enjoy your time alone.
Although it may seem easy for people like me who constantly do this. But a big feat for you. I understand.
I was there, and I know you can become super comfortable with going to the movies alone.
So, here are 15 benefits and reasons why you should go to the movies alone and make good memories.
Is it weird to go to the movies alone?
Short Answer, NO. There’s nothing weird about going to the movies by yourself.
Daily, many people go to the cinema alone, spend and enjoy their “ME Time.” Because spending time alone is also a form of self-care, you don’t have to wait for someone else before caring for yourself.
PS: I took these pictures a few days when I went on a solo movie date. You’ve got to pardon my photography skill, I suck at it and need to do better. I’ve been wanting to go to the cinema this month, however, I wanted to go with my partner, but he’s been caught up with work. Because of this, I missed Watching John Wick at the Cinema (I always see all John Wick movies at the cinema because of the extra effect). When Barbie movie came out, I knew I wanted to see it and didn’t want to hinge my enjoyment on anyone. So, just like the good old days, I dressed up and enjoyed my time alone.
15 Reasons Why You Should Go to The Movies Alone
With that said, these are 15 reasons why going to the movies alone is not weird and reasons why you should take yourself on a solo movie date.
1. Freedom to Choose
One of the downsides of going to the movies with someone else is you’ll consider their preferences and choices when making a decision.
From the snack choice, sit, type of movie, and time to watch it. Oddly but not frequently, the kind of outfit to wear.
However, when you go to the movies by yourself, you can choose the type of movie you want to see and how you want to spend your evening.
I digress – One of the reasons I fell l in love with going to the movies alone back in the university is the freedom and relaxation I get to enjoy.
Because going to the cinema with my friends takes so much time and planning, eventually leading to exhaustion.
I felt I would be lonely going to the movies alone, but it was a fun and refreshing experience with peace and reflection.
2. Enjoy Quiet Time Alone
Enjoying quiet time alone is a liberating experience that brings peace, and you’ll have a minute to truly ease your stress.
But enjoying that quiet moment of peace at the cinema and having fun while seeing a fantastic movie is a form of self-care and intentional living.
Imagine after a challenging and exhausting day, or week, you sit in the theatre, relax on your seat and watch a show you’ve wanted to see, with no distractions, as stress leaves your body.
Although going to the movies with others, especially our friends and family, brings bond and fun.
But, there’s also a charm in enjoying your company when we go to the movies alone.
3. You’re In Control of Your Time
You know those moments when you agree to see a movie with your friend and can’t seem to agree on a “time” because your schedules don’t fit? You’re not alone; I’ve been there.
Also, some people enjoy going to the cinema at a particular time of the day.
While some prefer going to the movies in the afternoons or early evenings, others prefer mornings.
So, when you fix a movie date with someone whose schedule and preferences differ from yours, finding time to see the movie may be a problem.
But when you go to the movies alone. You control your time, how long you’ll spend at the cinema when you get there, and the activities you may want to enjoy before and after seeing your movie.
4. No Distractions- Your Focus is On You
One of the reasons I love going to the movies alone is because it also means taking yourself on a solo date; It just you no distractions.
The world is filled with distractions, and going to the movies by yourself is the perfect opportunity to escape the noise and struggles of life, at least for a few hours.
And apart from this, you decide how to experience your movie time.
Imagine you’re out to see a movie with your friend who loves to discuss while the film is ongoing or is probably obsessed with their phone and can’t keep it down for an hour.
What do you think will happen? You will miss out on the opportunity to enjoy your time.
So next time you ask yourself, “Is it normal to go to the movies by yourself” think about the experience you’ll enjoy alone.
5. You Sit Where You Like
Are you big on where you sit at the movies? Do you enjoy your movie experience better when you sit at a particular location?
I enjoy sitting in the back or middle row and avoiding the front rows.
Sitting where you like is one of the reasons why you should go to the movies alone from time to time.
Imagine seeing a movie with someone who likes the front row, maybe because of eyesight or whatever reason, and you enjoy sitting behind.
Because you want to please them or avoid arguing, you’ll move to the front and likely not enjoy the movie as much as you would if you sat at the back.
But if you’re alone, you can sit wherever you like and enjoy your movie experience.
6 . No Spoilers
Ever been to the movies with those who enjoy giving spoilers? Perhaps because they read it somewhere or have seen the movie before.
Or those who try to discuss every scene while the movie is ongoing can be frustrating and a huge turn-off, especially if you just want to enjoy quiet time.
But when you’re alone, you focus, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sitting next to no one enjoying your movie without a neighbor or companion, lol.
Additionally, you’ll immerse yourself in the story and enjoy your movie without distractions.
7. Nobody “Actually” Cares
Your “conscious” self is why you’re asking “if it’s weird to go to the movies alone” because you feel people care if you’re alone.
But the truth is nobody cares if you’re alone or in the company of friends or your romantic partner.
Life can be chaotic, and spending quality time alone at the movies is so popular nowadays, with everyone indulging in their thoughts, self, and films to bother about why you’re alone.
These days, you’ll find at least one or two people at the cinema company enjoying movie time alone.
So if you’re yet to take the step to take yourself on a movie date because you feel people will find you awkward, I promise you, it’s not, and no one cares that you’re alone.
8. It Boosts Your Self Confidence
Going to the movies alone can help build self-confidence and independence as you step out of your comfort zone and rely less on others.
It enables you to take charge of the activities that bring you peace and happiness.
When you go to the movies alone, it helps reduce your fear of being alone, or taking on fun solo activities,
And by doing this consistently, you’ll become more self-reliant, enjoy your company and find beauty in your “me” time.
Moreover, when you go to the movies by yourself, you’ll not need to compromise on the type of experience you want to enjoy, and this promotes self-care.
9. Self Reflection
Most times, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of making a living and never find the time to reflect, but when you go to the movies solo, you can think and reflect on different aspects of your life.
You ponder your thoughts and life while waiting for your show to begin or take walks around.
It also allows you to ask yourself valuable and intriguing questions based on the experience and lessons from the movie.
For instance; remember Acrimony? Acrimony is one movie that sparked emotions, thoughts, and even debate on social media. What would I have done? Kinda questions.
Suffice it to say movies are drawn from experiences around us and, most times, thought-provoking. And when on a solo movie date, you can spend time reflecting on actions you would’ve taken.
10. No post Movie Debate
Have you ever been to the movies with someone, you enjoyed the film, but your partner didn’t?
And immediately the end credits and lights roll in, they start criticizing every bit of the movie until you become frustrated. This can be super annoying.
I find it annoying when I just want a moment of peace to reflect after a movie, and someone wants an argument to “keep the conversation going.”
Meanwhile, when you go to the movies alone, you don’t need to argue and can spend time reflecting or enjoying a moment of peace as you walk around.
11. Enjoy Uninterrupted Escape
Going to the movies alone allows you to enjoy your movie experience and time without sharing your attention with others.
Also, you don’t have to compose yourself or control your emotions because of fear of judgment.
On a solo movie date, you can cry, laugh aloud, express your emotions, and immerse yourself in the movie without feeling self-conscious.
It’s dark in the cinema, and no other person cares about you; therefore, it’s just you in your world.
12. Save More Money
When you go to the movies with friends or family, the costs can quickly add up; before you know it, you’re splurging on drinks and snacks and may go overboard with your spending.
But when you go to the movies by yourself, you can stick to your budget and enjoy your favorite snacks.
Also, you’ll be tempted to indulge in multiple treats when you’re in a group or the company of others.
13. It’s Okay Not Being A Social Butterfly
Going to the movies seems more like a social call than an opportunity to spend time alone or create deep connections with people you love and care about.
But the truth is, you don’t have to be a social butterfly to go to the cinema and enjoy yourself.
For introverts, you may find group activities exhausting, and if you feel it’s weird to go to the movies alone, you’ll miss out on opportunities to enjoy good movies.
But, when you embrace a solo movie trip, you’ll empower yourself to step out of your comfort zone, break free from social expectations and enjoy the freedom, contentment that comes with taking yourself on a solo movie date.
14 . Opportunity to Meet New People
If you want to meet new people and create new connections without forcing yourself, the cinema is the perfect place to meet new people.
Because you could strike up a conversation with something as simple as “What is the flavor of your popcorn” or “What movie are you here to see.“
This is fun to do while waiting for your movie to start. Or discussing a movie or actor with someone next to you.
Random and unexpected things could be a reason why someone will strike up a conversation with you (this is from my experience, lol)
Sometimes, you’ll find others on a solo date who may end up pairing and exchanging contacts with you.
15. Going to the Movies Alone is Self Care
Life can be stressful; going to the Spa, practicing skin care, or sitting in a bath is not the only form of self-care.
Self-care is about taking time to do the things you love that bring you peace and joy, nurtures your well-being, and make you brim with self-love.
And going to the cinema to see a new movie allows you to escape life’s stress.
When you go to the movies alone, you become more comfortable in your skin.
Additionally, you’ll become bold to do the things that make you happy without waiting for the next person.
Additionally, it reinforces self-development and makes you love spending quality time alone.
Final Thoughts On Going to Movies Alone.
Next time your conscious self tells you it’s weird to go to the movies alone.
Remind yourself that you’re going to the movies because your self-care time is essential, and you don’t have to wait for someone else to show up before treating yourself better.
Remember, nobody cares whether you’re alone or have company. Everyone is trying to let loose the stress that comes with life.
Don’t deny yourself enjoyment because of others, take charge of your life, and treat yourself to a movie date today.