Today’s prompt for the 500 word challenge is about persuasion. Since I have movies on the brain lately, I thought it might be fun to advocate for going to the movies.
I acknowledge that if you have a large family, this might be a harder sell. But if you can swing it with your circumstances, read on.
Many theaters have stepped up the experience they offer, now offering comfortable reclining chairs. Some theaters even offer full restaurant and bar service. While there are still aspects that could be improved, things have gotten a lot better in the last 10 years or so.
Another benefit of seeing a movie while it’s in theaters is that you get to include yourself in the conversation about it. Avoiding spoilers is no fun, so why not just see the movie for yourself already so you can talk about it?
There’s an immersive quality to watching a movie in the theater that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Since phone usage is still strongly frowned upon in theaters, that means you don’t have to worry about your movie experience being interrupted by another viewer texting or gaming next to you.
Being forced to put your phone away for 90+ minutes is also good for you. It’s good to unplug from being constantly connected to the outside world. In turn, this makes you more mindful of what’s happening on the screen, allowing you to enjoy it more.
Why go to the theater these days when you can watch a good chunk of the movies out there at home, in many cases, for free? I’ve already talked about the immersive experience that you get in the theater. But I also think it’s good to have experiences that aren’t tailored to the nth degree for you personally.
With personalized entertainment available literally at our fingertips at all times, it’s good to voluntary step away from that and into communal experience occasionally. I didn’t know any of the other moviegoers that were in the theater with me when I saw The Room, but we laughed at a lot of the same things, including each other’s snarky comments (not advised for every movie but understandable here). Given the current political climate, there’s a lot of talk about what divides people, but I still believe that for the most part, we’re more alike than we are different.
I also want to address the costs associated with seeing a movie. I agree that the concessions are at ridiculously inflated prices. So eat before or afterward. There’s no rule saying you have to get them. However, if there are certain things you really want, many theaters now offer loyalty programs that include discounts on concessions, which at least takes a little bit of the sting away.
These loyalty programs can also help you save on the price of tickets. You can even get free or discounted merchandise and first crack at special events.
Also, if you’re not so much of a people person but you’re tired of hanging around your house? The movies are a perfect way to “get out” without making awkward conversation with people you have nothing in common. If you end up in a conversation with someone at a theater, you’ll at least know you have one thing in common.
Did this make you want to buy a movie ticket? The complete opposite? Let me know in the comments!