Do you prefer to see movies on your own or with someone?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Aussie Willy, Jan 16, 2011.

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Do you prefer to go to movies on your own or with someone?

  1. Yes

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    36.7%
  2. No

    17 vote(s)
    28.3%
  3. Purple

    21 vote(s)
    35.0%
  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Do you prefer to go to a movie on your own or with someone?

    A comment in the King Speech thread made me think this would be a good topic.

    I have added the Purple option to keep in the spirit of FSU polls.

    ETA - sorry I stuffed the options up. Very very very sorry. Make it if you like to go on your own you vote yes, if you don't vote no.
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  2. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

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    I voted purple both because purple is a lovely color and because it depends. I used to to go movies I didn't want to see with friends because then they would go see movies they didn't want to see with me. But, why waste time and money seeing a movie I don't want to see? So, now, if there's a movie that I want to see and a friend wants to see it, I prefer to go with friends because then we can make a night of it and talk about the movie afterwards. But, if it's a movie my friends don't want to see, I'll happily go by myself.
  3. soxxy

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    I prefer to see a movie with someone so we can discuss it later, as long as they don't whine, "I hate subtitles," or "This is depressing," when you told them ahead of time the movie had subtitles and/or was depressing. (The friend I saw Winter's Bone with said it was depressing. What did he expect?)
  4. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

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    I think the poll is set up oddly--this isn't a yes or no question.

    I prefer to go to movies with one other person, but I'll go alone if I have to. Sometimes I really want to see something and I don't want to drag my husband with me. It's a waste of his time and $10! :)
  5. Satellitegirl

    Satellitegirl New Member

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    I don't mind going with someone else, as long as they are someone who doesn't talk all the way through the movie, and knows how to chew with their mouth closed :)
  6. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I'm a both/either person. I have no problem going to see movies by myself - although I went to see Boys Don't Cry alone and wish I'd had someone with me because it was such a hard movie to watch - but also enjoy company. There are a few friends I have where love of films is a big connection point, and most of our hangout time is going to movies.

    for me, part of it is location. There are several cinemas within walking distance to my house. If I want to see a film that's only playing somewhere farther away, I'm less likely to go by myself.
  7. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

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    With someone definitely. I've never gone to a movie alone, honestly the idea of sitting in a theater all alone surrounded by people freaks me out, but then I've also never eaten in a restaurant alone. I do like to shop by myself though. Weird, I never really thought about that until now.
  8. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather go with other people, but if I can't find someone who wants to go with me, I'll go alone.
  9. Flatfoote

    Flatfoote Active Member

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    I voted purple too, cause I agree its a lovely color. And I like to see movies both with someone and alone.

    It used to be, I thought the only way I could go see a movie was to wait until I could find someone who'd want to go with me. But that was far and few between. It wasn't that I was bad company (at least I don't think I was). It was just that everyone had a SO that they "had" to wait and go see the hottest movie with.

    When the first Star Trek movie came out, it was a very big deal. But all the Trekkie fans I'd gone to school with in HS had moved on (well, actually, I was the one who moved away) and I'd lost contact with them. But I really really wanted to see it. So, I finally bit the bullet and went and saw it all by myself. I was working night shift at the time, so I just rode the bus into the town my job was in a few few hours earlier than normal, and caught the matinee. It was wonderful.

    That same job was a four day work week, and I had Fridays off. So I soon made it a habit to catch a Friday matinee every week. It was fun scanning the papers to see what movie I'd decide to see that week.

    My fondest/most memorable experience of that time was when I saw Ladyhawke. I paid for my ticket, got my small popcorn/soda, sat down and waited for the movie to start. Usually about 10-20 people would trickle in and watch the first showing too. But as it got closer to show time, not a single soul showed up. I began to get nervous, and wondered if the mangager would come and throw me out (ask me to select a different movie), since nobody had shown up and it seemed silly to show a movie with only one patron.

    Soon, the lights dimmed and sure enough the movie pops up on the screen. I couldn't help but feeling a bit special that I was getting my own private showing of the movie. LOL.
  10. MikiAndoFan#1

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    I also prefer going with other people. But if no one wants to go with me, then I don't go, either. :p
  11. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Well-Known Member

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    I prefer to go with others. There are some things best enjoyed shared.
  12. emason

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    I voted purple because I have no preference either way. It's the movie that's important to me, not whether or not I see it with someone. I have lots of friends who are movie-goers, so even if no one goes with me to a particular movie, there is always someone else I know who has seen it and wants to discuss it.

    I'd say my movie-going breaks down to 60% with others, 40% on my own.
  13. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Spin Alissa Spin!!!

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    At the cinema, I like to go with someone.

    At home, I like to watch alone.
  14. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    I generally go alone.
  15. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    I voted "purple", because I actually prefer not to go to a movie theater at all. I can count the number of films I've actually seen in the theater, in the past 10 years, on one hand. My lifestyle just isn't such that this type of thing is high on my list of priorities. But more power to those who do go - I know a lot of people in the movie biz, so I'm always happy that people go to theaters, and rent and buy DVDs, and etc.
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  16. liv

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    I prefer going on my own. When I"im with people, they tend to want to ask questions, or make comments and then I miss things. I can also get out of the theatre quickly, and choose wehre i want to sit.

    I'll go with others if I have to, but it's not my preference.
  17. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    years ago I worked at a coffee shop and we had a trade with the cinema down the street - we gave their employees free coffe and they gave us free tickets. I worked from 5:30am-2pm and loved going to afternoon matinees and often I was the only one there :lol:
  18. mmscfdcsu

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    I prefer to go alone.
  19. meggonzo

    meggonzo Well-Known Member

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    I usually try to go with someone else, but if there is something I want to see I don't mind going alone.

    After Skate America in Lake Placid, my friends dropped me off at the Albany airport. I had a few hours to kill before my flight so I went to a nearby mall and saw Paranormal Activity. It was a Monday afternoon so I was the only one in the theater. I kept thinking something was going to jump out at me or I was going to look down the row and see a demon sitting there!
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  20. oleada

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    My sister's university is located in a small town outside of Bogota, across from a mall with a movie theater. She has a big chunk of time in between classes which she uses to go to the movies, and it's often just her and her friends :lol:
  21. Japanfan

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    I prefer to go to films with someone, although I'm otherwise somewhat of a solitary creature. I have one friend in particular I go to movies with quite regularly, and also sometimes go with Mr. Japanfan - an other couple will join us on occasion.

    A movie is an outing for me, usually involving dinner before or after, or coffee. Much of the reason I enjoy company for movies is the chance to discuss the movie afterward.
  22. BigB08822

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    I like to go to a movie with a friend or two but for a movie I REALLY want to see, I want to go alone. I don't like to be interrupted or talked to or anything like that. However, the downside is that I like to discuss movies and my interpretations but I can't do that if I go alone. :( I guess that is what FSU is for, haha
  23. PDilemma

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    Teena Brandon was in my home room in high school. And I know another girl who was depicted falsely in that movie and sued the production company. The way the movie told the story was not accurate and devastated Brandon's immediate family and close friends.

    I refused to see it.
  24. Jackie Sparrow

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    I like to watch them on my own cause there is no one who can disturb/destroy the atmosphere and I can really get into the story and characters.
    However, Boys Don't Cry is a very good example. I saw it with friends. I cried really hard at the end and was glad not to be alone. It was really intense :wuzrobbed

    Comedies is different, however.
  25. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Purple here.

    I used to love to go to the movies with friends, but gradually stopped going as the theaters got smaller and smaller to the point that "going to the movies" gave exactly the same experience as watching the movie in someone's basement. I'll still go if invited, but only if the movie is playing in one of the larger venues.

    My husband and I have opposite taste in movies. He likes action, horror and old westerns. I like comedy, musicals and historical drama. Guess which couple you won't see on a movie date anytime soon?
  26. Lutzcy

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    Me too!:cool:
  27. FunnyBut

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    Hmmm...'on your own or with someone' is not a 'Yes' or 'No' answer. So I voted purple!
  28. Buzz

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    If I love the movie enough I go byself unless the movie is not the main reason I am going so then I go with someone else. hehehehe I picked purple because I love the colour purple! :D
  29. KatieC

    KatieC Still jet lagged

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    I generally go with a friend, but if no one else wants to see it and I do, then I go by myself. It's certainly much easier to go on your own. The first time it felt a little funny, but then I figured why not? Stupid to miss a movie because no one you know wants to see it.
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  30. orbitz

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    Would you go to a "date" movie by yourself?
  31. Jackie Sparrow

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    Do you go on a movie date because of the movie or the date? :p
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    I very much prefer to go with someone. But many others, if I have to I will and have gone alone.

    If I go alone, it's always a matinee.
  33. essence_of_soy

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    When I was younger, I would end up concentrating less on the film, and panic, wondering if the people going with me were enjoying the film or not.

    Now, if there's a movie I want to see, I just go and see it. My friends' and my schedules often prevent us from co-ordinating, and there are times I've missed seeing a film, waiting for all of us to get our acts together.

    Other than that, we do catch up at DVD nights and see films we've missed the first time around.
  34. Vash01

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    I usually go alone because I like to go to movies on the spur of the moment. I like going to movies with someone too, but when I watch the movie alone, I am more into the movie, and I like that.

    It's nice to see there are so many people that go to movies alone. I thought I did something that very few did.
  35. a56

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    I voted purple because it is indeed such a loverly color, and I almost never go to see movies at the theater.
  36. Gil-Galad

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    It totally depends on the movie. I love watching "casual" movies with others. Romantic comedies, action movies - stuff like that. But some movies, that really interest me, certain historical movies, politthrillers, screen adaptions of my favourite books - those I enjoy watching alone, at least the first time.
  37. WindSpirit

    WindSpirit OmnipresentAdmeanistrator

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    There seems to be two questions here: do you like going to the movies with someone/alone or see the movie with someone/alone.

    The whole going out part I'd rather do with someone, but I'm very attuned, for lack of a better word, to other people's reactions/feelings and that can get in the way of my enjoying the movie. It's kind of like my attention is divided and I can't concentrate on the movie just for myself. It's not a big problem, but if I want to see how I really feel about a movie, I'd rather go by myself. After that I often bring someone to watch it with me again and then I just watch it "through" them. That's how I ended up going to see Forrest Gump 11 times. :lol:

    Btw, where I grew up "going to the movies" was an euphemism for going there to make out (or more...), not necessarily to see the movie. Hence people sometimes asked, "Are you going to the movies or are going to see the movie?"
  38. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

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    I am too. If I think that the person watching the movie with me doesn't like it, I tend to look at it more critically. This is even worse if I'm re-watching a movie with someone else.
  39. smurfy

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    I answered alone, but really no strong preference. I do both, depending on various things, such as availability and interest. I like lots of foreign/indie, which some folks don't like.
    I do like how many have posted they go alone and are comfortable with it. I have some friends that look at me like I have 2 heads when i tell them i went to a film bymyself. Some folks would never do it.