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Tips for Going to the Movies Alone

Hey there, movie buffs! Are you tired of missing out on a film because you can’t find someone to go to the cinema with? Even though it might seem a little scary (that’s probably why it’s on your bucket list), going to the movies alone can actually be a fun and liberating experience. But, I get it—it can also feel like a big step out of your comfort zone. That’s why we’re here with some of the best tips to help you make the most out of your solo movie escapades. So grab your popcorn and get ready to see a fun flick. 

The Best Tips for Going to the Movie Alone and Having a Good Cinema Experience

The Best Tips for Going to the Movie Alone and Having a Good Cinema Experience


Is It Normal to Go to the Movies Alone

Absolutely, it’s totally normal to go to the movies alone! In fact, more people than you might think enjoy a solo cinema experience. Sometimes you just crave some quality “me time” to immerse yourself in the magic of cinema without any distractions. Going to the movies alone allows you to choose the movie you want to see, set your own schedule, and fully enjoy the film without having to coordinate with others.

So, don’t worry if you’re flying solo at the theater – you’re joining a club of independent movie lovers who know how to have a great time on their own terms. Grab your popcorn, find a cozy seat, and indulge in the silver screen splendor solo-style!

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Reasons You Should Go to the Movies Alone

You may have heard this before: “Why go to the movies alone when you can bring a friend?” But let me tell you something—I’m a firm believer that sometimes, watching a movie by yourself can be just what the doctor ordered. First of all, there’s no need to split that buttery popcorn with anyone else. Plus, you get to choose the movie you really want to watch without anyone else’s input. And let’s not forget about those pesky people who always talk during the movie. Say goodbye to them! So really, when you think about it, going to the movies alone can be a pretty sweet deal.

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10 Tips for Going to the Movies Alone

1. Be Prepared in Case You Get Anxious

Let’s face it, there might be a little bit of anxiety involved in your first solo experience at the cinema, and that is totally normal. Being anxious is natural – it’s just important to have tools to manage it. Here’s a few things you can do to if you feel the anxiety coming on:

  • Acknowledge the anxiety. When you feel it coming on, just identify that that is what it is by saying “I know this is just anxiety because I am trying something new”.
  • Practice deep breathing techniques. I like to do “box breathing” where you breath in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds and then exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds. But, there are many other techniques. Check out the ideas from Very Well Mind.
  • Distract yourself. Take a minute to name 3 things that you see, 3 things that you hear and 3 things that you smell. Sometimes all you need is to focus on something else. 
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2. Book Your Tickets Beforehand

Imagine going to the theater last minute to find out that it’s packed like sardines and you’re going to end up sitting in the front row. Yikes! Booking tickets in advance has been made easier than ever and allows you to choose the perfect spot for your viewing pleasure, whether it be in the middle of the theater or the corner of the back row. It will relieve a little stress knowing exactly where your seat is before you arrive.

Book Your Tickets Beforehand

3. Buy Your Favorite Snacks and Drinks

Whether it’s that extra buttery popcorn, a bag of gummy bears, or a box of chocolate-covered pretzels, having your favorite snack at the movies can be comforting. It may be because they bring back fond memories or are a special treat reserved only for special experiences, either way, they just taste freakin’ delicious. Just because you are by yourself doesn’t mean you should get the best cinema snacks!

Buy Your Favorite Snacks and Drinks

4. Choose a Time When the Cinema’s Less Crowded

Crowded cinemas can definitely add tension and anxiety, making the whole experience a little less enjoyable. That’s why choosing the perfect time can make all the difference. Weekday matinees or late-night showings are your golden ticket here. So, grab that popcorn, check the off-peak schedules, and treat yourself to a calmer movie experience. 

Choose a Time When the Cinema’s Less Crowded

5. Choose the Movie Wisely

Try to choose a movie that won’t add any extra stress to your solo cinema experience. That means that you might want to forgo the horror flicks and thrillers! Also, you may want to select something that’s been out in theaters for a while so the theater won’t be quite as busy. 

Choose the Movie Wisely

6. Choose Your Cinema Carefully

Choose a movie theater that will put your nerves more at ease. This may mean going to your favorite theater, the one you always go to where the staff know your name and you know exactly where to sit. But, it also may mean selecting one far from home where no one will recognize. Either way, it’s all about making your experience the most stress-free you can!

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7. Don’t Be Late For a Show

We’ve all been there—running late for a movie and feeling the pressure rise as the clock ticks closer to showtime. But trust me, you don’t want to be the person walking in late and making a grand entrance in the middle of the film. Not only is it disruptive to your fellow moviegoers, but it can also be a little bit embarrassing for you. We’ve all heard the whispers and the stares as we awkwardly shuffle down the aisle in search of an empty seat. So plan ahead to get there a little early., ideally before the previews start!

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8. Dress Cute

Dressing cute to go out can have a remarkable effect on your mood and confidence. Think about it: when you’re rocking an outfit that makes you feel like a total boss, you can’t help but radiate confidence and positive vibes. It’s like a boost of self-assuredness straight from your wardrobe. So, even if you will be sitting in the dark, go ahead and put together that killer ensemble that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. 


9. Remember That Nobody is Judging You

When you’re out and about alone, it’s important to remember that most people are too wrapped up in their own lives to pay much attention to others. Seriously, they’re busy worrying about their own stuff. So, while you might feel self-conscious at times, the truth is that nobody is judging you. And even if someone happens to glance your way, it’s usually just a fleeting moment. Embrace the freedom of being out alone, savor the experience, and focus on enjoying yourself. 


10. Be Confident

Fake it until you make it. Being confident when going somewhere alone can be challenging, but it’s definitely possible. Start by researching the theater beforehand so you have a general understanding of what to expect. Dress comfortably and confidently, because the way you dress can really affect your mood and how you carry yourself. Lastly, remind yourself that you are capable of doing this and that there’s nothing to be afraid of. Remember, independence is a beautiful thing!

​​When it comes to confidence, sometimes, you just gotta fake it till you make it! It’s all about projecting that self-assured vibe, even if you’re feeling a bit uncertain on the inside. Take a deep breath, put on a smile, and walk with purpose. Believe me, people respond to confidence like bees to honey. And here’s a little secret: the more you exude confidence, the more it starts to seep into your very being and you actually become confident.

Choose a Time When the Cinema’s Less Crowded

Going to the movies alone can seem scary at first, but it’s actually quite liberating. By following some of these easy tips, you can make the most out of your solo movie watching adventures. The best part is that you don’t have to share your popcorn!

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13 thoughts on “Tips for Going to the Movies Alone”

  1. I consider myself super independent, but I haven't made it to a movie alone yet. However, this is on my list of 31 before 31 so I'll get it done this year. Thanks for making it more reachable!

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  2. Hi Annette!
    I've done it before……I didn't have anyone at the time to go to the cinema with me…..so I faced my fears and went alone to watch Star Wars Episode 1 all by myself hehehehe. It was worth it!!!! I'd do it again anytime. :)

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  3. This actually was one of the first things I did to help me start traveling on my own.  Now…I actually prefer going to the movies by myself.   There usually are great deals for the morning showings, or going odd days during the week.

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  4. I guess I didn't get the memo that there was a stigma attached to going to the movies alone.  I LOVE going to the movies alone.  I tend to have different tastes in movies than my friends/husband and I never like dragging someone to see something they don't want to see.  Its a waste of money and they'll probably complain the whole time, making it less enjoyable for me.  But I'm a big loner and often do things that most do with others. I've even vacationed by myself.  I guess to really push myself I need to do something like take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride by myself!

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  5. I consider myself to be pretty independent and don't mind doing stuff solo.  I went to Europe on my own and I prefer to shop alone rather than with a group of people.  I am hesitant about going to the movies on my own or eating dinner in a restaurant alone.  The strange thing is, I'll eat lunch by myself but not dinner.  Weird, I know.

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  6. I have no problem going to the movies by myself.  First one I saw on my own was back when I was a teenager and I wanted to see ET.  The problem with that one was that I did sort of choke back some tears during the ET-almost-dying scene.  
    Disadvantages to seeing movies by yourself:
    1:  Some people might think you're either a loser or a creep.  For this reason, never see a romantic or teen comedy on your own. 
    2:  You might see your ex who stomped your heart with their new love interest.
    3:  Nobody to watch your stuff when you step out of the theater for a nature call.  This is the only one that I have personal experience with.  When I walked back toward my seat I found my bag sitting in the aisle close to the entrance to the theater.  Nothing was gone out of it.  I grabbed it, sat back down in my seat, and noticed a sketchy character sitting in the aisle.  I asked him if he grabbed my bag and he said 'no' but he thinks he might have seen who did it.  I gave him the look of death and he left rapidly.
    Advantages to seeing movies by yourself:
    1:  Popcorn and M&Ms (smuggle in the M&Ms) are their own food group.  Plus you don't have to share so there is none of the debates (peanut vs. plain, buttered vs. no butter vs. kettle corn).
    2:  For an immersion movie such as Inception or Schindler's List nobody cares if you're by yourself, you don't have to answer questions, and you get to 'lose yourself' in the movie.  Isn't that what movies are supposed to be about?
    3:  You get to sit where you want to and people will typically respect the 'one-seat buffer' rule.  Hell-llo leg room, one seat for your backpack, another seat for your popcorn and M&Ms.
    4:  It actually is a great way to meet people from your Gender of Interest.
    5:  If the movie sucks you get to leave (I've only done this twice).

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  7. First time I actually did it was when I was travelling on my own. I just felt like doing something that seemed normal to me one day. I had those thoughts someone would think I am a loner, but to be honest most people are too busy doing their own thing and if you really have a look usually you are not the only one on your own. These days if there is a movie I want to see I just go with someone or not.

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  8. Annette this post inspiried me to get over my anxiety and do it too – so i went on Sunday! you were totally right and my fears were completely unfounded!! xx

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  9. Yeah, speaking of…how was The Social Network? I believe I saw it on Netflix, but should I put in the time to watch it, in your opinion? :-)

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