I Saw a Movie Tonight. In a Movie Theater.

April 23, 2021

I sure didn’t expect to get a bit emotional tonight in the parking lot of the Queensgate 12 movie theaters, but I also didn’t expect to go 16 months without even being able to see a movie at a real theater.

Such was the case tonight, though, as I walked out to my car after seeing Godzilla vs. Kong. The movie was good. Seeing a movie (any movie!) in a real theater was magical.

This fun evening was made possible by the fact that it’s been two weeks and a day since I got my second Pfizer vaccine, so I’m feeling clear to do more “normal” things like this … safely, of course.

There were only about 25 people in the theater tonight, which holds 95 people. It’s one of those theaters where you pre-select seats, and when I got my ticket yesterday, the system automatically blocked the seats immediately next to mine. That was nice.

Here’s an interesting coincidence about that getting-a-bit-emotional-in-the-parking-lot thing: When I started up the car, Coldplay’s “The Scientist” was on. The first lyrics I heard?

Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start

Weird, huh? That’s kinda what was running through my mind at that moment.

According to my Swarm app check-ins, I hadn’t been to a movie theater since I saw Rise of Skywalker in this same theater back in December 2019. Since then it’s been 16 months of watching a lot of movies on TV at home. (Recommended: The Little Things. Not recommended: Wonder Woman 1984.)

I enjoy the comfort of watching at home, but damn … I’m really looking forward to more nights like tonight.

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