These days there’s no shortage of premium, high-quality content that can be watched right from the comfort of our own home. There are a lot of up-sides to staying in but we’re here to make a case for going out to the movie theater for a date night.

Without further adieu, we present 8 reasons why you should consider making the movies your next date night stop – besides the obvious big releases headed our way – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Little Women, Jumanji: The Next Level.

  1. The Nostalgia – If you’re reading this and you’re not in the Gen Z generation, going out to the movies was a very, very big deal for you as you grew up. Perhaps it was the first taste of unchaperoned freedom or even a first date. Most of us can look back fondly on the tradition of the movie-going experience.
  2. The Popcorn Smell – Seriously, it’s something out of a dream world. You can’t replicate it in your house. Only the constant creation of pounds and pounds of fresh buttery popcorn can create that smell.
  3. The Upgraded Theater Experience – Since the dawn of in-home streaming, visits to the theater have been in a steep decline. But that doesn’t mean the theater experience has stopped improving. On the contrary, theaters are making upgrades. These are in the form of lazy-boy seats, unique menus, and one-of-a-kind viewing experiences to help bring people back into their doors. It’s worth taking a look at the improvements your local theater has made.
  4. The Novelty – Let’s face it, Netflix and chill has lost its steam. The novelty of having content at your fingertips has worn off. How many nights have you fallen asleep mid-movie on the couch? How long does it take you to pick what to watch because of the abundance of options? When was the last time you went out to the movies? If it’s been a while, just the ceremony of going to the theater, from the popcorn smell to the dark room, can be exciting and feel almost fresh.
  5. The Snacks – Order like you’re 13 years old again. Icees with twizzler straws. Nachos with cheese sauce. Cherry cokes and buckets of popcorn the size of your face. Or, order like an adult—many theaters now have full bars. Indulge in whatever age you’re feeling.
  6. The Chance to Disconnect – Our world is run by small screens. Even when we’re watching movies at home, chances are our phone is in our hands or within arms reach. There’s no PSA to silence your phones. The blue light doesn’t seem as bright in your home. Any ping or social network notification can pull you out of the movie. Going to the theater gives us the permission, even if only for a few hours, to put the phone away completely. These days that alone might be worth the price of admission.
  7. The Anti-binge – Binging content is incredibly addicting. Going to the movies is like a form of entertainment portion control. There’s anticipation leading up to getting to the theater, and (surprise surprise) there’s no next episode to just start playing. The one movie is allowed to just sink in without any new information.
  8. The Connection – One of the big pieces we’re missing out on by solely streaming movies at home is the connection. The conversation about the movie in the car ride home or over dinner afterward. The community of sitting in a giant room laughing, crying, or cheering together. It’s no secret that phones are isolating us. Going back to the movies is one small step to have more shared experiences and spark intriguing conversation with others. 

So call the sitter, pick up some tickets and make a date night of going to the movies.

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