National Cinema Day
Two years ago, I wrote a post about my reluctance to watch movies at my local movie theater, AMC. Although, they had put COVID protocols in place I was still not comfortable. The pandemic was still raging and our numbers here in Georgia were still high. Well, that was some time ago and since today, Sept 3, is National cinema Day it is appropriate to give an update.
Haven’t Return to Movie Theater
I have to be honest with you and say I have still not entered a movie theater. Things with the pandemic are slowing down. People are getting back out and about. Things are getting back to some kind of normalcy we experienced before. So, if this is the case, what gives? What’s my issue? Movie theaters are doing all kinds of promotions to get people back in. While researching this post I saw online $3 movie tickets for today. What a steal! But that is still not enough to coax me out of the house. Even the bankrupted company, Movie Pass, for which I was a loyal member, is back and up and running.
My initial reasons were the pandemic but two years later I am in a different place in my life. Trudging all the way to the movie theater on public transportation is not in the cards for me anymore. Now, it is about time management. Do I have the availability to travel and watch a movie? The answer is no, not anymore. Especially when I can just easily turn on my firestick or smartphone and watch a film in my home. Also, as an introvert I don’t feel the need to be around people to enjoy my entertainment. Here’s one last reason. I am job hunting and spend my days looking for new freelance jobs and/or polishing my work skills.
Attending Live Theatre
Now, you might say, “Empish, you just shared about attending live theatre, so what’s the problem?” Good question. It is true, I have recently gone back to see live performances but that is a different animal. A live production is not like watching an actor on a movie screen. The excitement and thrill of being up close and personal is a feeling that doesn’t compare to the cinema. Besides, I go see a live production about once a month or so. Something like that. It is not very often, whereas new films come out every weekend or so.
Decision Not Forever
So, even though this is the day to nationally celebrate the movie theater, I’m still staying home. I don’t think this decision is forever. No, not at all, because I got to see the sequel of Black Panther. Just like the first one, this is a movie you gotta see in the theater with a large soda and bucket of buttery popcorn.
Have you been back in the theater since the pandemic? If so, what has been your experience? Or are you like me and staying put at home?