I went to the movies last week for the first time in probably three years. My ex and I used to go to the movies a lot, and I also went on a “date” to the movies with a guy during my freshman year of college, and I put date in quotations because I don’t think it really was one and it didn’t work out between us. (Thankfully. Also that’s why I can’t watch Silver Linings Playbook.)
I went to see Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again with my mom and her best friend, who I actually went with to see the first Mamma Mia ten years ago. We went out to dinner at Red Robin before going, and I discovered my new love for the Whiskey River BBQ burger.
There’s a movie theater in town that’s in the mall, which is practically dead. There’s maybe five stores, including a Target, and a Panera that’s there anymore. It used to be the hangout when I was in middle school, and I wasn’t part of the group that would go there on Friday nights. So I’m honestly surprised the movie theater is still open in the mall, but at least they got new seats that reclined/rocked a little. But nothing changed, really, since my last time there three years ago.
We’re not a big movie going family; we used to go more when I was younger, and my dad goes with one of his friends to see what I call the “weird” movies, like any Marvel movies, anything in the Star Wars franchise or Alien franchise, etc. Those kinds of movies.
I wish I went to the movies more, but I think it’s because I don’t have anyone to go with. I could probably go by myself, since going to the movies isn’t really “social”. (And you won’t seem like the person who’s eating alone.) But movie tickets are expensive, I’m a baller on a budget, and MoviePass has literally no money, so…
I might try to make more of an effort to go to the movies, but it’s easier to say, “I’ll wait until it comes out on Netflix” and either stream it or get the DVDs in the mail—yes, that still exists because my dad gets DVDs all the time. I had to do that for Three Billboards, which I was a little disappointed by. I also went into watching the movie thinking it was going to happen differently based on what I had heard about it.
What’s the last movie you saw in the theaters? How often do you go to the movies? Are you a wait-until-it’s-on-Netflix person?