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can it ever be socially acceptable?
dont be sad....what did you fo to see thats surely more important
AND I made polite conversation with the man sitting next to me.
with grandparents and your little brother?
I did that recently.
I like it. You're only going to sit and be quiet in a darkened room, it's not as if it's a particularly sociable activity.
I do it all the time.
But apparently not tonight.
I go to gigs by myself, but cinemas seems a whole new world of sadness.
I've been to gigs by myself if no one else can come, but I don't think I'd ever go to the cinema by myself. But if you don't feel awkward doing it then you should.
but I'm not really bothered by what staff/other customers think. Also, I tend to go to later screenings when not that many folk are around anyway, so it's not like I'm surrounded by swarms of people chatting and socialising
it's nice. i didn't have to keep constantly trying to gauge whether the people i was with were enjoying it or not. which is good.
much like going to gigs really. i like going with people, but i like going on my own too.
it's one of the few things that I don't feel awkward doing on my own. You just sit down in the dark!
going to the cinema with friends is the height of sociability. Though I suppose for those annoying idiots who talk to their friends the whole way through, it is.
Go to the cinema if you want to watch a film that's playing. Who gives a shit who you go with?
alone far more than with friends. It's not a social activity.
go to gigs alone too. I'd rather that than miss a band I want to see.
than sitting next to a really annoying friend who asks questions the whole way through the film. My friend did this when we went to see 'the constant gardener'...
I'm gonna go...
i think that is worse.
i would say going to the cinema by yourself is FINE, great even, i'm not really sure what the problem would be
They're always enjoyable and depressing at the same time.
Seeing Jens Lekman by myself was one of the best gigs I've ever been to.
i sat down and pretended to be really engrossed in sending a text and some guys started trying to chat me up. it was scary.
because I must've looked like such a loner.
Nice, but ultimately patronising as hell.
The bits in between acts are horrible, yes.
it's worse not having anyone to discuss it with afterwards than to not have anyone to actually watch it with
but that's what DiS is for. Just come on the social board and ask "Has anyone seen..."
there's no problem with it at all
of money? Going to the cinema here is extortionate, £6 for a student!
it used to be 2.50 for me in manchester
is MUCH easier than going to a gig alone
and I said what I was gonna do and he called me a nerd.
You don't need your dad's approval for everything in your life, this isn't some shit American coming-of-age film...
I like it.
Cinema - of course. It's better.
Gigs - I'm not not gonna see someone just cos my mates don't like them so meh
but what about gigs you're curious about but not enthusiastic about? do you know what i mean?
how much I enjoy an afternoon screening of something i want to watch (preferably at something like Cineworld, where you have to look around a bit to notice anyone else in the cinema),after getting off work early.
It's the sensitivity to the social aspect thats the issue with me. Sitting in a cinema alone is fine because social interaction isn't part and parcel of the experience - you sit still, being quiet. At gigs, whether it's the between band talking and drinking, dancing, jumping around, whatever, it's all intertwined with other people. Often you can't even get some space to yourself. I hate being at gigs alone, hate hate hate. Cinema? Love love love.
Then was only going with my wife.
Since the kids, it's most of the time alone again !
most people wanted to see more mainstream films so I would go alone.
It is great going to see films alone, nobody distracting you.
I love it.
No neuroses about your companions enjoying the film or not... no 'witty' remarks... no obligation to stay if it's shit.
It's only fun in really nice cinemas though. Big Odeon-type places = hordes of annoying chattering people you don't know... you might as well go with yr mates. At least you can tell them to shut up and they won't punch you. [Probably.]
The NFT and the Tricycle are my favourite places for solo cinema-going. On Thursday I will try my luck at the Chelsea cinema. The PCC's good too.
I don't get why it's so awful to watch a film or gig alone. Company's very nice, but would you pay to go to a shit awful gig/film just to hang out with yr mates? Primarily you go for the content, therefore what's so appalling about enjoying it on yr own? If I want to hang out with my mates, a pub is as good a place as any.
The NFT is really good to go to on your own. Mainly because they have film notes to read if you get their early. I can't wait until January, they are doing a Luis Bunuel season.
Also, the Curzon Soho is another cinema which I enjoy going to on my own.
I will at some point.
Hampstead's Everyman is nice too. Is it still there? Loooong time no see.
although i don't really do it often. Hardly ever in fact. I like just being able to watch the film, not have to talk about how "yeah, it WAS really good" afterwards, and just being able to let it sink in myself. Yay lone cinema going.
Don't like going to gigs alone so much, mostly because of the awkwardness between bands that you don't get in a cinema.
to the cinema alone is something i want to start doing actually. i don't know why it's such a big deal.
although going to gigs alone would probably be hell for me.
Infact i did it today!
It's usually cos my friends aren't interested in the same things as me so don't want to see the films i do :-(
and you become COMPLETELY absorbed into the journey of the film. Sometimes I prefer it to going with other people because, well, they can be annoying at times...
I'm actually due another visit and find it's a great way to spend time with myself because I'm constantly assessing the film, thinking, and communicating with myself on that basis (that last bit may sound wierd).
It's good. Try it.
You're sitting in a darkened room looking at a screen for 2 hours. It's a bit of an odd thing to do socially.
I sometimes go to the cinema with people but it teneds to be something I do on evenings or afternoons on my own and I tend to socialise in places I can actually talk to people.
When I go with other people (especially if it was my suggestion to see the film) I start to wonder what they think about the film and it distracts me.
film going is an indulgent experience that should be done alone... unless, of course, you KNOW for certain the other person with you is into it.. and like, REALLY into it... then it's goooooooooood (a bit like sex - ha he)
I might do it again.
i do not think i would do it here, though.
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in fact, its more socaible than with friends or anyone else.
Would you invite friends round to your house specially to sit in silence for 2 hours whilst watching the tv ?
though i do like talking about the film afterwards
I went to the cinema alone last week, though I didnt get to go cos the queue was going out of the door and down the street. I bought a cd instead.... Cool !
but I think certain comedies can be better watched with a friend with a similar sense of humour.
Although I don't go with groups of friends either.
It's usually me and one other person. This seem reasonable to me. It happened last night, infact :)
It's hardly a social experience.
he goes on his days off, mainly before noon, to avail of cheap tickets. i wouldn't not do it, but i probably wouldn't think of going on my own. i prefer having someone to talk about the film with afterwards. and make sarcastic comments to through the film.
on almost a weekly basis but then i kind of have to as part of my job. I LOVES IT.
...cinema on your own.
For f*ck sake. Get some friends you miserable, lonely bunch of friendless bastards.
especially on a Sunday afternoon, then back home for food and football.
I've only ever gone to gigs on my own if others have dropped out and the ticket is too expensive to write off. But I don't go to pubs on my own either.
£1 tickets innit
I swear it's probably 75% people on their own every time I go there
on Monday alone, it was glorious. They're stopping £1 tickets though :( I think I'll get a membership.
Why? Maybe I'll join then.
that people don't necessarily have the same interests as their friends?
I like the alone time :)
I feel wrong going to the movies by myself though, even though most of the gigs I go to are solitary experiences.
not really...but saw Primer at ICA on my own because i really wanted to see La Jetee. And saw History of Violence to kill time before seeing Corpse bride about 10 hours later. I'd hate it if i went at busy times of the day.