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A Quick Guide to Going to the Movies Alone

Let’s get ahead of one thing, going to the movies alone is not pathetic or sad. It’s actually one of my favourite solo date activities—and yes you should go on dates with yourself. But even so, people always seem reluctant to go to the movies alone.

I was having a bit of a stressful week and decided I needed to get out of the house (which also happens to be my office). It had been a few weeks since I went to the movies and I had been thinking about Knives Out all week (I might or might not have already seen it).

So I booked a ticket through my Cineplex app (no, this is not sponsored by Cineplex but it could be ? #callme) a few minutes before the film and got myself a ticket using Scene points (also not sponsored but #callme). Since I love to go to the movies I ALWAYS use my Scotiabank card so I can get those scene points.

Then I packed my bag and headed off to the movies alone. It was an AMAZING time.

Why go to the movies alone?

When it comes down to it, watching a movie is really a solo act—unless you’re participating in a “Netflix and chill” scenario, but that’s a different topic for a different post. So I’m really not sure why it’s such a stigmatized activity.

Beyond it simply making sense, going to the movies alone is a great way for you to spend some time by yourself. Which is something we rarely seem to do these days.

Just you, your favourite actors and a great story.

A few other great reasons to head to the movies solo:

  • You can get whatever you want to eat and there’s no one there to judge you (except the kid behind the concession, but he’s probably in high school)
  • You never have to see a movie you don’t want to—and you can see all of your guilty pleasure flicks (in the past 12-months I’ve seen both Aladdin and Knives out TWICE in the theatre and no one complained)
  • You can sit wherever you want—no compromising needed

In my opinion, attending a movie solo is one of the most relaxing activities you can do. It’s great if you need a quick few-hour escape, want to decompress or simply want to watch an entertaining film.

The best time to go to the movies alone

I frequently go to the movies alone, and I’ve tested out pretty much any time you can go. I’ve found that the best time to head to the cinema solo is the Sunday late-night show.

Now, this time works for me because I work from home and don’t usually start my day until 10 am. But it might not work for everyone.

I do tend to find that the films with a 9 to 10:30 pm start time on Sunday’s have low attendance and thus quieter theatres! But you can say a similar thing for every weekday movie at that time.

Tips for going solo to the movies

Ready to head to the movies solo? Here are a few tips and tricks to make your experience the best it can be!

Dress for comfort

I’m not necessarily above heading to the cinema in yoga pants and a tank as I’m all about comfort. But I do like dressing up, so when I’m taking myself out to the movies I try to aim for casual, cute comfort.

I avoid the traditional casual jeans and tee combo because you’re going to be sitting for a few hours and I don’t know about you, but I don’t find jeans to be all that comfortable.

Typically I’ll aim for a comfy jumpsuit / romper. And if you’re plus-size like yours truly, you can totally get away with a jumper. I do it all the time.

Choose a comfortable material like a rayon and spandex combo, or even cotton. Pattern-wise, I hit up florals or stripes, but avoid anything horizontal. And if you’re wanting to show off cute accessories, go for a dark neutral.

The beauty of going solo to the movies is that save for the ticket guy and the person selling you snacks, virtually no one is going to see you. And even those that do, they won’t care (if they do that seems like a them problem).

If it’s summer and you want to dress up a bit, a cute Maxi Dress / Romper combo is comfy and fashionable!

I like this combo because I’m a tad bit self-conscious about my legs, but it’s only open in the front and rarely do people stand in front of you to stare you down. In a theatre, they’re much more likely to be standing behind you, but in this case, the back is covered so you’re golden!

Pack the necessities

The right bag

I’ve recently discovered that I’m a hands-free kinda gal, so where possible, I cart along a backpack with me.

When I’m going to the movies by myself, I want a bag that will carry all of my things, is comfortable to cart around and looks cute. The Deux Lux Demi Backpack fits that bill.

A large scarf or shawl

Movie theatre temperature is sporadic—sometimes it’s too hot, other times it’s too cold, but never is it just right. So whenever I head out to the movies I bring a scarf or shawl in my bag.

It makes a great shoulder cover or lap blanket, and let’s be honest, aren’t movies better when you can cuddle up?

Tissues

Facial tissue is a must-have, especially if you’re headed to a teary movie. Grab a tiny pack of tissues and shove it in your bag.

They also work in a pinch if you’ve accidentally spilled something on yourself… not that I’m speaking from experience or anything ?.

Hand cream

I don’t know about you, but I hate having dry skin on my hands. But no matter where I go, I always end up with chapped hands.

So whenever I go to the movies alone, I make sure to toss a bottle of hand cream in my bag (this AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream is my favourite).

I learned about AHAVA creams from FabFitFun, check out my review on their starter box.

A stack of books - bring one to the movies alone

A good book

Hear me out! I love watching movie previews and getting the best seat, so I make sure to head to the theatre early to get the best seat, procure my popcorn and to make sure I don’t miss the previews.

But getting to the cinema that early usually means I have a bit of extra time to kill so I throw a book in my bag (occasionally I do work, but I don’t necessarily advocate for that) and read it before the previews start.

Looking for a great book recommendation? Check out my recent book reviews!

Treat yourself to some goodies

Seriously, when it comes to goodies at the movies, go nuts… well, within reason. I always go for popcorn and a drink, but occasionally when I’m really itching for it I opt for nachos as well (shhh… don’t tell anyone).

There’s no need to be “polite” on a date or fake wanting to eat “simply a handful of popcorn” then continue to stare at the bag for the next few hours. You can get what you want!

Going to the movies alone is a blast

Whether you do it on a regular basis (like me) or you save it for a rainy day when you can’t find someone to go see your next guilty pleasure, you should most definitely go to the movies alone.

It’s a great experience, and I firmly believe everyone needs a chance to experience the freeing feeling of spending the afternoon at the movies alone with your popcorn and celebrity crush!


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Going to the movies alone is one of the best self-care experiences that you can have, in my humble opinion. Use 'The Complete Guide to Going to the Movies Alone' to make your solo movie-going experience amazing.

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