To go to the cinema on my own?

(62 Posts)
Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 19:49:03

I am in the need of some serious cheering up. I have just discovered at my local cinema, films start at 11ish. I have free time between then and school pick up one day next week.

malovitt Tue 13-Nov-12 19:49:59

I go to the cinema by myself all the time.
I love it.
(I do have friends, btw!)

shemademedoit Tue 13-Nov-12 19:51:28

Yes!!!! Do it. grin

healstorturepeople Tue 13-Nov-12 19:52:22

I do it a few times a year. Do it. It'll be lovely and quiet in the daytime too.

Autumnchill Tue 13-Nov-12 19:52:30

Do it!

Lavenderhoney Tue 13-Nov-12 19:52:37

I've been on my own. It's ok, I have plenty of friends, just not free when I am or don't fancy the film. Plus if it's crap you can just leavesmile

TaggieCampbellBlack Tue 13-Nov-12 19:52:58

Oh I haven't done that for ages. I might go tomorrow. Lovely. What shall I watch?

NewNames Tue 13-Nov-12 19:53:42

Do it! You can get whatever snacks you like and you don't have to make small talk. Win win

NewNames Tue 13-Nov-12 19:53:56

Argo. Very good

showtunesgirl Tue 13-Nov-12 19:54:44

Oh my, I would be down there like a shot! Back when I was in college, I would head down to the cinema twice a week by myself. I miss those days. sad

elfycat Tue 13-Nov-12 19:55:48

I've been going to the cinema on my own for over 2 decades. DH works away quite a bit and I'll see what I like. We usually save blockbusters for when he's back but I need to go and see skyfall as he went to see it yesterday.

Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 19:57:42

I have lovely friends but cba to arrange something for an evening and have a problem with childcare. One of whom was confused when I mentioned it on the phone just now. She has made it clear that under no circumstances would she go to the cinema on her own. It's not that strange???

I go away with work and eat out etc alone.

JackThePumpkinKing Tue 13-Nov-12 19:59:29

Only if you're going to watch Twilight grin

TaggieCampbellBlack Tue 13-Nov-12 20:01:06

Its not out til thursday blush

LaCiccolina Tue 13-Nov-12 20:02:05

No! Id do it too for a film I wanted to see... Daniel Craig....might do it next week. Better remember not to mention it to dh though as he wants to c it too and wont get the opp till on sky!

Peanutbutterfingers Tue 13-Nov-12 20:02:18

I love going on my own. I buy some nice treats from m&s and pre mixed g&t in cans and have a lovely time smile

NatashaBee Tue 13-Nov-12 20:03:38

I would bloody love to go to the cinema on my own. Nobody stealing my popcorn, nobody asking 'but why are they doing 'X'' all the time at critical moments...bliss.

TempusFuckit Tue 13-Nov-12 20:04:02

I love going to the cinema on my own. It's a pretty antisocial experience in the first place anyway - you can't talk or interact much with each other. And on your own, you don't have to share the popcorn grin

iamwhaticallpregnant Tue 13-Nov-12 20:12:43

When I lived in Brisbane Aus - there was a beautiful old cinema in the city centre that I would go to and watch films alone. I loved it. I could really really get into the film and cry or laugh without worrying about other people seeing. I used to like other people looking at me thinking why is she on her own? You could always pretend you are a movie critic and take a large notebook! ha ha.
I always used to love going to restaurants alone there - and I loved doing things on my own in Italy too. For some reason I am a lot more hesitant to do things on my own in the UK. I don't know why this is.....
but you have reminded me how wonderful it can be so I am going to go to the cinema asap on my own. I can taste the Ice cream now... mmmm....

Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 20:16:49

Well it seems like going to the cinema on your own IS a reasonable thing to do.

If there is time, I will go for a solo lunch afterwards.

I may watch Part 1 first wink

CharlieCoCo Tue 13-Nov-12 20:18:40

I go on my own. I tend to end up talking (commentary) to my friend if im not on my own, so at least if i am then i can concentrate on the film.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 13-Nov-12 20:19:18

I love going to the cinema on my own. It's brilliant escapism.

showtunesgirl Tue 13-Nov-12 20:21:45

OP, I've never understood why people are so scared to things like this on their own. I also love to eat out on my own. I get myself something nice, a good book and just chill out. Bliss.

fruityoatybrains Tue 13-Nov-12 20:24:03

Agree with all. Love going to pictures on own. Wish I had more free time to do it!

Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 20:28:53

Have kindle; will eat out.

redexpat Tue 13-Nov-12 20:29:33

Independant cinema, yes absolutely. Big cinema during the day, yes. Big cinema during the evening, probably not.

lovebunny Tue 13-Nov-12 20:30:23

never done it. can't bring myself to go to the cinema alone. have eaten out, been to gigs, by myself but the cinema is a step too far. wish i could overcome it.

showtunesgirl Tue 13-Nov-12 20:35:32

Why is that lovebunny? Surely you're MORE visibly alone when eating out? In the cinema, it's dark and no-ones looking at you anyway!

Peanutbutterfingers Tue 13-Nov-12 20:37:17

And if you go during the day nearly everyone alone

Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 20:38:59

Go on lovebunny, you can do it.

MollyMurphy Tue 13-Nov-12 20:42:57

When I was single I used to go to the cinema all the time by myself. Why be ashamed of enjoying your own company?

I once took a 3 month trip to Europe by myself and sat through many (many) dinners and activities all on my own - it was challenging at times, but if I just waited till others had the same money, time and/or motivation - think of how much I would have missed out on. It can take awhile to get used to a solo act but its a very empowering skill to develop. Sometimes now I even miss the solitude and quiet of my own thoughts.

bedmonster Tue 13-Nov-12 20:56:22

Of course yanbu - Why would you need company when you sit in the dark being quiet?! Go for it, its actually very liberating. Enjoy op.

FromEsme Tue 13-Nov-12 20:58:43

I can't believe the number of people that refuse to do stuff on their own. The people I work with won't even get the bus home on their own - they all wait til someone else is ready to go with them. How they can be arsed waiting for half an hour after work I don't know.

I LOVE going to the cinema on my own.

amicissimma Tue 13-Nov-12 21:03:45

Ssssh! Don't tell anyone, but some cinemas offer 'Senior Screen' at 11 am once a week. They are vague about the age, just saying 'mature'. It's great: decent films, no screaming toddlers, giggling teenages or texting any-agers. A leetle bit of loudly whispered 'what did he say?'. Coffee, too. And the majority go alone.

mellowdramatic Tue 13-Nov-12 21:03:46

I go on my own every few weeks but NEVER on a Wednesday. I'm on Orange and that would be too sad grin

bakedbeanqueen Tue 13-Nov-12 21:06:34

I did it once and was the only person in the cinema!! People pay loads for a private screening. I was a rebel and sat in the expensive seats when i had only paid for the cheap seats grin

CremeEggThief Tue 13-Nov-12 21:08:57

YABU- if you chicken out and don't go! wink

showtunesgirl Tue 13-Nov-12 21:10:52

The next time I'm going to a cinema, it WILL be a private screening and I'm in the film. <preens>

But I only say one line. grin

EllenParsons Tue 13-Nov-12 21:19:47

I have been to the cinema on my own before - no problem with it. I would usually do it for more unusual films which were more my own specific interest than my friends eg i remember going to a lot of Korean films alone a few years ago! That was in an art house cinema where loads of people were on their own but I have also done it in mainstream Cinemas and found that fine too.

somewherewest Tue 13-Nov-12 21:20:07

This thread is such a bloody relief. I'm dying to see Skyfall but currently have no one to go with (just moved to a new town where we know no one and only person available to mind DS is DH).

rempy Tue 13-Nov-12 21:21:15

Go. It's marvellous. I did it last week for the first time in years.

Cherylkerl Tue 13-Nov-12 21:24:35


I also love eating out alone.

I find going to the cinema such an odd way to in the foyer, don't talk for two hours, say goodbye. Hence it being perfect for early date activity.

RedZombie Tue 13-Nov-12 21:40:29

I've never been on my own before. I almost did for that Zac Efron film earlier this year but When I had a free afternoon, it wasnt on. I'm dying to see the new Bradley Cooper film because I loved the Book and I know I'll never get DH to come with me. This time I'm doing it.

Eggrules Tue 13-Nov-12 22:00:17

Hmmmm, maybe I should make this a regular thing? I'm going next week.

Show tunes, care to expand?

Red, I'm going too try to fit Skyfall in this week and Breaking Dawn next.

showtunesgirl Tue 13-Nov-12 22:28:58

I can't because I'll out myself!

All those who haven't gone to the pics by themselves, can I ask what exactly is it you're scared of?

gasman Tue 13-Nov-12 23:59:20

I love going to the cinema on my own. It is my secret post night shift indugence.

I also like rainy sunday afternoon double bills in the local arthouse place.

You meed minstrels though.

SoleSource Wed 14-Nov-12 00:20:04

Yanbu at all

NewNames Wed 14-Nov-12 00:30:33

I was scared the first time I went on my own. Not sure what of though. I got my ore booked ticket and bought myself a hot chocolate and popcorn. Ended up being just me, two other singles and a couple in the screen. Was fab!

flow4 Wed 14-Nov-12 00:32:01

Of course YANBU smile Go for it!

drizzlecake Wed 14-Nov-12 00:51:44

I went to college in the 70s. Looked forward to meeting new people but almost everyone had come with a pal from school, the others were living at home confused. ( it was a small class and all women).

AngryBeaver Wed 14-Nov-12 07:20:58

I went to the cinema on my own dressed as a clown.

Eggrules Wed 14-Nov-12 09:47:46

I'm going to take my fave [[ Metcalfes salt and sweet popcorn. The troughs at the cinema are too £££ and too big (though I can munch through them) .

AngryBeaver - you have moxie. I'm going in my own clothes this time.

Eggrules Wed 14-Nov-12 09:54:55
winterhill Wed 14-Nov-12 10:10:48

I have ben going to the cinema by myself since I was 14 - i am 47 now.

Usually if there is an independent film or art house one on that I fancy I usually ask DH and put a group text out to mates and if no one takes me up on it I go off by myself.

winterhill Wed 14-Nov-12 10:12:31

OH I see that you are going to be eating popcorn! now YABU!!

I can not abide cinema munchers!!! grin unless you are going to the Vue or similar and watching a general release film

BobbiFleckmann Wed 14-Nov-12 10:15:01

LOVE IT. And if you go on Thurs or Friday you might get a free biscuit & cuppa with the pensioners (Odeon) :-)

Fluffy1234 Wed 14-Nov-12 10:23:35

I am doing the Twilathon tomorrow and watching all five movies in a row..on my own.. At the cinema..Beat that!

Eggrules Wed 14-Nov-12 10:45:50

I am going at 11ish, I am hoping that there will be few people to disturb. They will be general release films that my Oh does not want to see.

Fluffy - what are your meal plans?

Fluffy1234 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:29:02

Lots of pick a mix and diet coke!

Nancy66 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:31:09

going to the cinema alone is one of my great pleasures.

I am near one of those trendy, independent ones where they let you take a glass of wine to your seat....even if it is only 11.30am

Eggrules Wed 14-Nov-12 12:09:05

You are set Fluff

Nancy envy

RedZombie Wed 14-Nov-12 15:49:33

Mmmm, I get to choose pic'n''mix I like and eat it all myself. I hadn't Ben thought about that. That's it I'm definitely doing it.

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