or, "Going to a movie isn't a great choice for quality time, because you just sit in a dark room staring at the screen."
I appreciate the sentiment in the general idea of real life adventures > trips to the movie theater...but...
I've had a lot of movie theater-related adventures! I don't know who these people are who go to the movie theater and don't have a memorable experience, because I have a number of awesome memories related to movie theaters. Wanna hear some stories?
Can you believe this came out in 2010, y'all?
- I was 8 or 9 years old. My Mom decided to take the whole day off of school and took all of us kids out to a new mall that had recently opened up. She bought us "kids combos" that had popcorn, candy, and a drink--we thought that was the coolest thing ever! We watched The Emperor's New Groove. Ever since, I've had a soft spot for that movie, just because seeing it for the first time was such a fun experience.
- At 11, I saw my first movie at the theater without my parents. Mom dropped Lizzy, Isaac, and me off to see The Santa Clause 2 because Dad had seen it and thought it was really funny. We felt a lot of the weight of responsbility as we walked into the theater alone. This was serious business. Mom had said strictly that as soon as the film was done, we'd have to walk straight back to where she'd dropped us off (this was before cell phones and such, or at least before kids had cell phones, so we didn't have a way to contact her when the film was done). The most exciting part was that just as fake Santa Claus started to drink his hot chocolate...the film suddenly 'melted'. At first, we thought that maybe it was part of the movie, but then the projector shut off and we sat in silence for about 15 minutes while they fixed something in the projection room, and then the movie started playing again. Needless to say, we were a little late for our pick-up, which may have caused Mom some worry at the time.
- Once we moved to Malaysia, we found that going to the theater was less expensive than it was before, and we started going more frequently. I often saw movies with my friends, because they were older, had cars, and could drive. One one memorable occasion, I was sitting on one side of my friend, and a stranger was sitting on his other side (I would always make my friends sit next to strangers, I didn't want to sit next to strangers...and now you'll hear why). At one point during the movie, we both noticed that the stranger reached over for my friend's cup, sitting in the shared armrest, and took a sip, and then put it back! My friend and I were horrified over this development, and he whispered that he wouldn't drink from his cup again, and I whispered back that that was probably a good idea.
-When watching The Game Plan, I got so caught up in the emotion of the game that I stood and applauded after Duane Johnson's team won the football game. My embarrassed friends dragged me back into my seat.
- When watching The Spiderwick Chronicles, I spent so much time squeezing my brother's arm and cringing in fright that he declined to sit next to me at any future movie.
- My Grandpa took me to see Prince Caspian, and said after the movie that watching my reactions to everything happening on screen was just as entertaining at the movie itself. On a related note, Voyage of the Dawn Treader came out just after we got married, and Angel and I went to see it with a group of friends. Once of Angel's friends said to him, "Your wife...seems to watch movies pretty intensely, doesn't she?" Angel was only learning the beginning of that intensity.
-Angel and I randomly decided to go see The Hunger Games on opening night...even though we didn't really know anything about the books or the franchise in general. We lived in a small town so you could get last minute tickets on opening night. But walking into the theater alone was quite the unusual experience because there were so many people in costume or wearing elaborate makeup, and then as we sat in the theater, there were theater employees inside with a microphone, getting people hyped up by throwing t-shirts into the crowd and asking Hunger Games trivia questions. It was rather hilarious to be there and be like...hmmm...this is interesting...but I have no idea why people are so excited...
- We watched The Lego Movie with my entire family in an otherwise empty theater in the middle of the day (hey, cheaper prices!). Our large group was cracking up the whole time, and ever since, Mom and Dad have taken Wyld Style and Emmet as sort of symbols of their relationship...because they are just as opposite a pair.
- A few weeks ago, we went to see Hidden Figures. Awesome movie. Hours after we got home from the movie, I walked into the office and found Angel working on a Word Doc that said, in large letters "White Woman's Bathroom" and "Colored Man's Bathroom." I said, "What...are you doing?" He said, "Well you always use your bathroom and I always use my bathroom so I thought the signs from the movie would be a good idea." He's kind of right--for some reason, I always use the master bath and he always uses the tiny bathroom next to the washing machine (the bathroom of 'plumbing disaster' fame). But! I explained clearly that the lesson you are supposed to learn from Hidden Figures is that segregated facilities is a stupid idea. I think he thought it would be way more fun and 'rebellious' to take showers and brush his teeth in a bathroom labeled "White Woman's Bathroom," but I vetoed the segregated bathrooms in our own home idea. I'm gonna take a wild leap and guess that nobody else in the entire world...particularly nobody else in an interracial marriage...watched Hidden Figures and then decided that they ought to label their own bathrooms...this strange, strange person that I love...
Even just plain ol' going out to watch a movie can be a pretty fun adventure. What's the most memorable experience you've ever had in a theater?