Cinemas are used in copious amounts of way. A first date scene, a rainy day event, a ‘let’s catch-up day and so many more. There are countless amounts of reasons why the cinema is a social hub which is seen in the majority of people lives. According the the Australian Bureau of Statistics over the 2009-2010 period over 67% of Australians visited a cinema at least once in those twelve months and attendance is growing each year.
The phenomenon about why the cinema is visited by such an array of reasons astonishes me. For example; the two reasons I find the most absurd are: a) The First Date and b) the ‘Lets catch-up scene”.
Why? Why do we go to this funny area where it is just a whole bunch of strangers accumulated in this tiny dark room all just sitting and staring at the screen for a couple of hours? Given I didn’t find this strange until a few weeks ago but I now can’t shake this weird thought. Especially for these two main reasons that perplexes me…
THE FIRST DATE.
How does this work? You just met someone who you like and you want to get to know them, you organise a time when you are both free but where d you go? The movies… The one place aside from a library where it is frowned upon to actually talk at! So essentially the idea of ‘getting to know someone and see where things could go’ is in reality a ‘lets see if I can put up with sitting next to them for a few hours in a dark enclosed space and hope that they don’t smell! But then again, this could be an amazing idea to do for a first date because you would have to have a second date to actually find out things about them.
THE ‘LETS CATCH-UP”
So this is just as bad to me. You have been contacted by a friend who says “OMG, we so need to hang!” and you reply with of course a “OMG, Yes!” so you organise the move, you go and see it and say goodbye and realise that you didn’t even talk about that mutual friend who just had their baby or that brother of yours that the friend has started seeing.
The cinema experience is seen as a common one, even by myself I admit, so I don’t see this meeting ground dying off any time soon. Especially when Village Road show made 50.9 million after tax in 2013 and have assets such as theme parks to bump up their profitable income.