The first movie I saw in theaters by myself was The Theory of Everything. I didn’t exactly do this on purpose. It started as a family outing to see Into the Woods, but I’ve had a deep fear of witches since my first brush with The Wizard of Oz. No way was I going to see that movie.
There was something sort of embarrassing about going to a movie by myself, and on a deep, socially programmed level, it just felt wrong. But I found myself with a ticket to see Eddie Redmayne fall in love with Felicity Jones. With a small popcorn and a cherry Icee in hand, I found my lone seat in a theater that was dotted with strangers, none of whom appeared to be staring at me with disgust or outrage or condescension. The movie was great, and I had saved myself from weeks of witch-related nightmares.
As I strived to stop caring what other people think, going to the movies solo became a trailer-length victory for my Saturday nights, and a movie-length victory for my independence. Plus, other than being a jumbo popcorn-sized F-you to the status quo, it makes for a much improved movie-going experience. Here are some reasons why solo-viewing is the best viewing:
My philosophy on sharing boils down to this: Get your hands out of my popcorn. Sure, sometimes I don’t mind sharing a bite or two of my snacks, but everyone knows that much like eating a single Oreo, eating a single handful of popcorn is physically impossible. It’s science. And honestly, I don’t want to share that much, so going to a movie by myself means no sharing and no caring.
No partner, no problem
Agreeing on a movie choice with a friend can be tough. Sometimes it feels impossible to convince someone to see the 27th Fast and Furious or a rom-com featuring one of your favorite Ryans (Gosling, Reynolds) or Chrises (Evans, Pine, Pratt). Maybe you have a thing for movies with terrible trailers because the worse the teaser is, the more you have to see the flick, right? There comes a point when it’s more important to see the film you want to see than to see it with someone else. There’s no need to sit it out when you can go solo.
On your terms
You know what’s great? Being the only person in the theater at a 2 p.m. weekday screening. There’s something so peaceful about giant, empty rooms, and going alone means you can squeeze in a movie whenever your schedule permits. That way, you don’t have to wait for a showtime that works for someone else. ￼
Figure out what you should see solo this fall: