Movie magic

by Ginger on November 21, 2010

in Entertain Me

Last night we went and saw the new Harry Potter movie (no spoilers ahead, I promise) as part of an increasingly rare date night. I, like 2/3 of the world, love the Harry Potter series and of course had to see the latest movie.

I’ve gotten to where I’m more and more nervous about going to the movies, because I feel like people are getting worse and worse about being an audience. I’m always wary that there will be people talking & laughing during important scenes (like during the final 20 minutes of the last Lord of the Rings movie, where a group of girls laughed and screamed stupidity at the screen), or will talk on their phones, or spend the entire movie texting and/or tweeting. All of these things seem to happen more and more often, so even on movies I’m really excited by, I walk in with a little trepidation that my $12 movie ticket will be wasted by my fellow movie goers.

Last night, though, you could tell that everyone in the audience was a fan of the series. We were worried at first when 5 chatty Cathy girls sat down behind us and talked (not whispered) through the previews. And there was a little worry when we kept seeing someone’s phone screen light up in front of us.

But pretty much everyone chilled when the movie started. It’s nice to see a movie when everyone is INTO it. Laughing, sighing, crying, gasping and jumping at the right times. It reminds me of the enjoyment of seeing a movie in the theater–it’s not just about the size of the screen and the strength of the sound system. It’s also..there’s a camaraderie in a movie audience. There’s something that gets added by having 100 other people reacting *with* you.

As much as I’m a homebody (and cheapskate, damn movies are expensive) these days, a good night at the movies can be more fun than the solitary home movie viewing. And while I may not ever get back to my high school viewing habits (I can honestly say I went to the movies almost every weekend), I do hope I can continue to make the occasional trip the theater.

Plus, I love movie theater popcorn.

Ginger November 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I’m the exact same way. And I’m sure you can relate to this, but in my house date nights are rare, so if I’m going to get away I want to REALLY enjoy myself.

I LOVED the movie and can’t believe we have to wait until next summer for part 2!

Lisa November 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Mmmm, movie theater popcorn.

I love our movie theater because they have a 21+ section. A few theater rooms, usually playing the most popular movies, have a balcony area. You go upstairs from the lobby, into a bar area, and then access the balconies from there. It is so nice to be removed from all the teenagers. I can actually tolerate small kids at movies more than teens. But no teens up there, bigger seats, and booze!

Megan November 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm

So jealous!

And, yeah, I feel exactly the same way about going to the movies. It stresses me out. But, once in a while I am pleasantly surprised, and it’s great when everyone is into it. Paying a million dollars to see movies at some of the art house theaters in L.A. can be totally worth it for no other reason than the audience.

Of course, it’s been roughly twenty months since we’ve done that. I wonder whose fault that could be…

bekah November 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

oh I agree, its so hit or miss with the other people there. We went this weekend as well, and the crowd was totally into it, the lady next to me was BAWLING at one point, but that is excusable.

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