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Tell The Truth: What’s The Last Movie That You Watched In A Theater?

By Agent Bedhead | Comment Diversions | March 20, 2013 | Comments ()


In my everyday, non-internet life, I tend to socialize with very few people who also double as movie-going buddies, which is fine. I prefer go to the movies by myself since I'm often reviewing whatever I'm watching, but I do haul my daughter and niece along if their school schedules match up with viewing times. My friends also enjoy movies, but we don't watch films together unless it's something that we consider to be an "event" movie, i.e. a blockbuster in manner of The Avengers. Strangely enough, my family is pretty weird when it comes to moviegoing. My brother enjoys going to the movies by himself on Sunday mornings, but my dad (who loves movies to an unnatural degree) hasn't been to a theater since he took us to watch E.T. in 1982. Damn, that realization makes me feel old.

This brings me to my point of sorts. I've been suffering from a hip flexor pull and (for the past few weeks) have been frequenting a sports chiropractor for some active reflex therapy. It's certainly a painful experience and has consumed a great quantity of my thoughts of late because I'm quite anxious to recover from this injury and move on with "life." These sessions last about 30 minutes and feature the doctor moving my left leg around at bizarre angles while applying pressure on certain muscles to break up scar tissue. I think the painful process is working, but we'll see, and if I keep laughing at my doctor, it might not work for long. You see, we started talking about films as he had my leg pulled sideways and quite nearly all the way up to my head; then he put all of his weight into one thumb, which was pushing into my traumatized adductor. As you can imagine, it was not a pleasant sensation, and he chose this moment to he confess how much he enjoys watching movies at home, yet he hasn't visited the theater since Avatar. Watching his reaction ("Three years?!?") to his own admission was absurd as he continued to virtually murder me with thumb in place and pressing deeply; and in spite of my discomfort, I just couldn't help but burst into painful laughter.

Since I go to the movies on a near weekly basis, it feels only natural for to me to do so, and anything else seems, well, weird. Yet I suspect that my doctor and my father are not alone. Going to the movies today is a moderate hassle even if (like this doctor) you're relatively young (mid 30s, I imagine) and have disposable income on your side. He has a wife and a young child, and they'd rather spend their nights at home in front of the flatscreen instead of hauling ass to make a movie time, sitting through a bunch of trailers, and eating a bunch of greasy popcorn and candy that really isn't worth the expense (monetary or calorie-wise). For many people, home viewing options are so much more enticing than dealing with rude theatergoers, so a movie has to be something that you really want to see. Now, I can't condone letting Avatar pass as my doctor's token "event" movie, but there's truly no accounting for taste.

Are you a closet non-moviegoer who loves watching movies at home? Or do you know one? If so, please confess the last movie watched in a theater by either yourself or the mysterious party that you're outing in secret over the internet.

Agent Bedhead lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her little black heart can be found at Celebitchy.

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  • Kip Hackman

    Argo. It was only a couple weeks ago, and I had already seen it, but the rest of my family hadn't, and it was two days before my brother shipped out for Boot Camp in the Army. It was a really good time.

  • I went to see The Hobbit with my siblings at Christmas. It's one of the few times a year we're in the same state and we try to sneak off for a 'kids' movie while we're home.

    Before that it was the final Harry Potter movie with a friend. We went on a Tuesday after work.

    I watch a lot of things on my DVR at home. I scan the channel guide and pick out things I want to see, let the DVR record them (particularly helpful when a movie is on at 3:30 am on a Tuesday) and then watch them at my leisure.

  • Ilmarien

    I saw the final Harry Potter at a local cinema, I wasn't happy since I wasn't allowed to take my own food inside. The smallest popcorn size cost nearly ten pounds. They probably raised the price precisely because it was the last film in the franchise. I only went because of the communal experience (being with other fans who cared) and because it was the last one.

  • elenaran

    Once you have kids, the discussion changes. It's no longer, is it worth $8-10 to see this movie; it's now is it worth the $8-10 + $30+ in babysitting (plus the hassle of getting things ready for the babysitter, etc).

    Before, I might have been willing to pay $10 to go see a movie like, Spring Breakers, but now, how many movies are really worth paying $40+ to go see?

  • psemophile

    I canNOT go a week without watching a film in a theater.

  • psemophile

    But the last one was Silver Linings Playbook. It released mega late here in India. There was one gold class seat, and I hadn't been to the theater in four weeks.
    worth it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Ok it was a special showing two weeks ago. Not 1995. Thought that would've been a much more interesting point

  • elena

    Lord of the Rings (the first one). I do watch movies, I just don't go to the cinema.

  • Tyler

    I just saw a screening of Last Vegas. It was better than I thought it was going to be.

  • ,

    "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Haystacks

    Hansel and Gretel. I'm sorry.

  • sweetfrancaise

    Stoker, last week. Thank goodness there were hardly any people in the Cineramadome and no interruptions. Before that though... Les Misèrables. Twice.

    I love seeing movies in the theatre, for the spectacle of it. But has anyone else noticed the increasing tendency for assholes to laugh during decidedly unfunny moments? Nearly ruined viewings of There Will Be Blood and The Master.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    Not a movie, but I went to see an excellent production of Glengarry Glen Ross a couple of years back, and significant portions of the audience seemed to find all the swearing quite hilarious. I do not understand people sometimes.

  • Lovely Bones

    The only theatrical audience experience I had during The Master was literally everyone else leaving the theater before the end of it. It didn't surprise me, but was still disappointing, to see them all leave.

  • sweetfrancaise

    I wonder why some people bother going to the theatre at all.

  • pumpkin

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. There were some kids behind us laughing hysterically every time Smeagol was on screen. It ruined it for us. My husband has sworn off movie theaters forever (not that I couldn't go without him, but on my nights out on the town with my friends, we lean toward restaurants and bottles of wine).

  • MissAmynae

    I'm not counting the films at SXSW, since I was on photography duty. (But seriously, go find "Good Ol' Freda" and "Elena")

    Saw "Silver Linings Playbook" tonight. s'okay. need to digest it.

  • Green Lantern

    The missus and I haven't been to the theater since "Thor". I remember it was a place that sold actual food (sandwiches, pizzas, etc) and would bring it to your table when it was ready, so we ordered plenty, stuffed ourself, and had a Hemsworth-tastic time.

    It's been much more difficult to get out and do ANYthing now that I have to haul a tank of oxygen around with me...though I'm pretty sure I'll be going to see
    "Man of Steel" along with the new "Star Trek" movie.

  • googergieger

    They recently toured Oldboy around the country in select cities again, so that.

  • raeraefred

    not that my dad would ever read this site, but if he had, his answer would be Amadeus.

  • pumpkin

    My mother's last movie in the theater was probably Jaws.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I used to be the technical director at a complex with an IMAX 3D theatre, and I still consult for them, so I'm fortunate to see a decent number of movies on a great big screen. If done properly, 3D (especially in the huge IMAX film format) is awesome, so unlike most people here, I hope it becomes more popular. The key words there are if done properly. Most of your typical multiplex theatres use a single digital (not film) projector with insufficient lamp power and cheap 3D glasses. That is why there are so many bad 3D experiences out there.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Um... I think the last thing I saw was Warm Bodies. Beginning of the year is always slow for me, because I can't quite justify even matinee prices for such obvious shit.

    Last year, though, a gamble on Chronicle worked out so well. Too bad this year's crop of burn-offs are just mostly crap.

  • Melissa D

    Skyfall. I love seeing movies in the theatre, but now that I'm back in school it's harder to find the time, that's all. Nothing duplicates a theatre experience.

  • The Heretic

    I prefer to watch blockbuster films at the theater, such as Avengers, but the closed captioning technology today is highly unreliable, so I hardly go as much as I used to. Last film I went to see was Side Effects, but my sister's caption goggles was not functioning right, so we didn't finish the film. The last film I saw in its entirety was Skyfall, last year.

  • Kate at June

    That Zombie Romeo/Juliet movie for Valentine's Day.

    I can't remember the name, but I also cannot get more descriptive than that.

  • dizzylucy

    Life of Pi. So glad I saw it on the big screen, what a gorgeous film.

  • michaelceratops

    I was going like, once a month or so and just watching movies at home until I got MoviePass and now it's on like Donkey Kong. So I guess this is dumb to even post this but the last movie I saw was Oz the Great and Powerful two weeks ago.

  • Robert

    I go at least once a week to the movies. Unfortunately, the last one I saw was Burt Wonderstone. I was outvoted. I wanted to get trashed and watch The Call. They said they couldn't get trashed at 10AM. Amateurs.

  • Les Mis was the last one. The next one will probably be Star Trek Into Darkness. We don't go as often, especially now that our favorite theater has stopped their $5 Tuesdays promotion. :( No more new releases for only $5!

  • funtime42

    I've seen five movies in theaters since 2000 - four of them featured hobbits, and the other Mr. Spock. I'm agoraphobic, so there it is...

  • Nathan Convey

    I know two people who don't like the cinema because of the people they're forced to share with. Phones ringing, people talking, obnoxious children etc.. It sucks to spend money on seeing a film, only to have some selfish a-hole ruin it.

    Luckily though, my poor cinema going experiences are far out weighed by the good ones. I like the communal feeling. I love when you can tell every single person is completely immersed in what is going on on screen.

    When I was growing up there was a small, single screen theatre in my town. It had a balcony and velvet seats and was generally awesome. It closed when I was 10 and the nearest one was 1hr 30 minutes away so after that I didn't get to go as much. It made me appreciate the times my dad would take me even more.

    Aside from the 2 people I mentioned, all of my other friends go at least every other week so I have a lot of options for cinema buddies. I confess, I've never actually been to the cinema alone.
    Last film seen: Side Effects

  • Ben

    Oz the great and powerfull last week, I go to the movies pretty much every week with my fiance and my housemate.

  • pfeiffer87

    The cinema gives my Mum a headache, last thing she watched there was Warhorse, and she knitted the whole way through.

  • It's been a couple months! I think the last movies I saw was during October when the classic film series was playing all horror movies and I saw Young Frankenstein for the first time. Hilarious movie but the sound was WAY too loud. I literally had to plug my ears during parts because it felt like my ear drums might explode.

  • Semilitterate

    OK, I'm an old fart, but the last movie I saw in a theater was one of the Indiana Jones flicks (Ark of the Covenant?). In a 2nd run house on the cheap. Actually I think it was just before I got my 1st VCR and figured out how to set the clock VCR rental stores, and later DVD and now Blue Ray have ended movies irl for me and I never missed them. Oh and Netflix with my 60" flatscreen does me just fine

  • Skyfall. I hate the movie theaters in town, they are generally a pretty mediocre experience. The only movies I see in theaters any more are the ones I genuinely cannot wait to see. Even then, if the option existed to watch on demand from my couch I would in a heartbeat.

  • The Hobbit. But we waited almost 2 months to see it.

    Les Miserables before that. Before that it had been Argo, way back in November. Before that were Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Brave, and Hunger Games. So..I saw only 6 movies in the theater last year. And that's really extraordinary for me, but it was a pretty good year for movies. I can't remember the last time I wanted to see that many in theaters.

  • Oh, I also saw Snow White and the Huntsman. Purely for the Hemsworth.

    Damn that was a waste of $10.

  • fracas

    Chinatown. Seriously.

    (It was replayed in Berkeley a couple weeks ago)

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The Dark Knight Rises. I'm poor, so I tend to avoid going to the cinema when it's not a movie I want to see right then. I usually wait for the disc release.

  • Grendel

    The Hobbit, for the second time. Before that, Leprechaun.

  • St

    A Good Day To Die Hard. I knew it was ridiculously bad. But I had to see it for myself.

  • CozMexo

    The Intouchables. I'll rarely go to the theater in my city if only because it is so damn expensive. We only have one movie theater in city of 65.000, so due to the lack of competion their prices are ridiculous: (converted) around 18$ for a regular 2D 90 minute movie and if you want to sit in the top half, add another 3$, the seats with extra floor space, another 3$. A ticket to the same movie even changes whether the movie starts at 4, 6 or after 8.

  • danobc

    the last one i saw in theater was The Avengers. now that i think about it, it has been up to a year till i was in theater. its just too pricey for me right now (up to 15€ or more for one movie).

  • $27019454

    Lincoln. Ten minutes in I realized it was a very talky movie (very little action/battle stuff) and I was totally worried for my kids...who seemed fidgety. 5 minutes later I should not have worried: They were totally engrossed and on point. They DUG it. So did I. But people in theaters suck. So the beer bottles rolled down the aisle. Why the big lecture and the dirty looks, Lady In The Row In Front of Me? Sheesh.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Yeah, people in theaters suck. Mostly because they tend to do distracting stuff.

  • Lovely Bones

    I review films for the entertainment section of my college paper, so I pretty regularly see films in theaters, even in the awful doldrums of January through March. Last film I saw was back at the beginning of February, Stand-Up Guys, which I had been honestly excited for, based on the tone of the trailer and the talent involved. That was a fucking disappointment. Thankfully, I'll be rectifying that this weekend when I see Stoker, which I've been highly anticipating for the last year or so.

  • logan

    Jack the Giant Slayer just this past saturday. Yeah me and the missus are odd we actually like to SEE movies instead of just make fun of them and the people in them.

  • Slash

    I saw "Lincoln" just this past weekend (cheap movies). If you haven't seen it, James Spader nearly walks away with the flick, though DD Lewis is also excellent.

  • Kballs

    I . . . don't remember. The final Harry Potter? Star Trek? I have no idea. Going to the theater is reserved for any movie I know will be better on the big screen. Otherwise it's a $1.20 trip to the Redbox.

  • Kballs

    No, I remember. It was Dark Knight Rises. The other comments reminded me.

  • Jiffylush

    The Great and Powerful Oz, I generally only go to the movies with my children.

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  • Slim

    Yep. Argo was ours too. In December, I think... we have a 2 yr old, whom we don't take the movie pictures yet as she doesn't appreciate the art of film editing.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Crap. I'm a liar. Silver Linings Playbook.

  • BAM

    Les Miz... **hangs head in shame**

  • There's a second run movie theater my wife and I go to a fair bit. The last movie we went to see at the "real" theater was Django Unchained.

  • e jerry powell

    I was about to call myself a liar, but AB did specifically say movie. The last thing I saw in a movie theater was the New York Philharmonic's concert staging of Sondheim's Company and that bitch was sold out for NPH, I tell ya. Of course, it was only two screenings in one multiplex theater, so everyone who wanted to see it had to squeeze in.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    When it played in Vancouver, it was only here for two shows. One was a work night for me, and the other was the night of the final Bruins vs. Canucks Stanley Cup game (the deciding game of the entire season).

    Of course I went to see the movie, because I have PRIORITIES.

  • e jerry powell

    That, and apparently the drunks of Vancouver lost their shit that night anyway, and a movie theater was a relatively safe place to be at the time.

    4-0, baby. Imagine how it would have been in Boston that night, though, if the Bruins had blown it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I want to see those, but damned if I'll pay those ticket prices when there is damn fine LIVE versions of LIVE art happening all around me for less.

    And because PBS airs them eventually.

  • e jerry powell

    But wasn't the live concert at Avery Fisher Hall?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It was somewhere midtown, not sure where. Mostly I don't splurge on the all-star concert shows; I save it for something fully staged, and know where to find the cheapie tix for most Bway shows. But I was real sad when a friend was doing chorus for the Kelsey Grammar/Kelli O'Hara My Fair Lady, and offered me a comp for the morning dress rehearsal that I couldn't take (stupid conference).

  • e jerry powell

    Bummer. I'm on the fence about Kelsey Grammer, but he did do the most recent revival of La Cage, so he can't be all that bad, as Hollywood Republicans go.

  • e jerry powell

    True, eventually; usually just before they're released on DVD. In this case, I was amped about NPH doing the show right after the Tony Awards. I love the show, and it was the second New York production in five years.

    Yeah, I'm a theater queen. Can you handle this?

    And really, the cost of the technology (being Hi-Def Internet broadcasting) justifies a certain amount of expense. Perhaps not as much as they're charging for it, but certainly more than your typical movie tickets.

  • MissAmynae

    Ours was the Met's version of Rigoletto.

    "Real" movie was Zero Dark Thirty. It was alright.

  • e jerry powell

    It's always nice to know that movie theaters are good for other stuff.

  • MissAmynae

    They're also showing all of the opening round games of the NCAA tournament...for free!!!!

    We love the Met shows- so incredibly good, and the camera work is phenomenal.

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno. I shot my basketball wad watching Kentucky get embarrassed by Robert Morris in the NIT. Nothing can feel better than that, in my estimation.

  • MissAmynae

    oh honey, anytime KenSucky loses, I'm a happy panda. this one was especially delicious.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, I could have eaten off of it for three or four days, it was so tasty.

  • Jealous!!

  • e jerry powell

    Why? It's just a thing to do. Nothing life-or-death.

  • hasshole

    Finding Nemo 3D. Ya know, for kids.

  • I think The Avengers...I saw that and Cabin in the Woods back to back.

  • Wesley Emblidge

    Stoker, just last weekend. I see a movie in theaters almost every week, but I write reviews so I guess that doesn't count.
    I went and saw "Warm Bodies" with a group of friends after already reviewing it, and going to the theater without a pen and paper was weird, and kind of freeing.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    The Hobbit. I rarely go to the movie theater, mostly due to sitter issues. Both the baby and the butt kind. I sit on my ass for a living, so it's the last thing I want to do with my free time. And I have a hard time paying someone to watch my kid so I can go pay for something else. I'm cheap and lazy. But I will splurge on IMAX if I think the movie's worth it.

  • seannyd

    I pretty much go to the movies every Saturday morning for the $4.50 show. I just love going to the movies, but prefer to avoid the teeming masses who seem to be completely unconcerned with respecting everyone else. I also typically go by myself, often much to the chagrin to my girlfriend. I just prefer to go at my own leisure, without trying to make plans with other people.

    To me, my 42" screen and 5.1 surround sound with constant distractions (dogs, mostly) is sufficient, but it doesn't engross me. I'm easily distracted so I need the comfort of a giant screen, overwhelming surround sound, and complete darkness in order for me to fully get something out of a movie. (Plus, I really love movie theater popcorn.)

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, but that scenario only works out if there are no Dicks With iPhones around you in the theater.

  • chanohack

    Lincoln for me.

    I SUPER wanted to go see Silver Linings Playbook, but my boyfriend wasn't so sure, and he is SUCH A PAIN to take to the movies when he's not really into it. He sat there and sighed and slouched and checked his watch all the way through whichever sex friends movie has JT and Kunis AND The Muppets, which was also my birthday movie, so I don't force him to see things.

  • Bedewcrock

    loud sighers are the worsttttttt.

  • annoyingmouse

    Django was the last movie I saw in the theater. Before that I saw exactly 2 movies in the theater: Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises. To counter that, I buy Blu-ray movies almost every week, and eventually get around to watching them at my leisure. It suits my lifestyle a lot more, and I can pause a movie or stop it if I don't like it and plug in a movie I do like.

  • big dipper

    I'm apparently the opposite of most people, which is interesting. I pretty much only watch movies in the theater (I'm a TV person generally though). But I saw Zero Dark Thirty, and Warm Bodies before that. I actually saw all 10 best picture nominees in theaters this year.

  • wsapnin

    Django Unchained. The D is silent.

  • Samantha Klein

    Skyfall. And it was magnificent.

  • BlackRabbit

    Jack The Giant Slayer. They're GIANTS, why not see them on the big screen?

  • Guest

    Zero Dark Thirty, but Stoker would have been my answer because it was just released where I live last weekend. Stoker this weekend and then nothing until Star Trek in May (unless there is some Japanese, Korean or Hong Kong film that peaks my interest before then).

  • Jadashay

    The last movie I saw in the theater was The Hunger Games. The big screen tends to give me motion sickness, so I happily stay home and snuggle my little dog.

  • Boo_Radley

    Cabin in the Woods

  • NoPantsMcLane

    The Expendables 2. And i saw it twice!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is that why someone took your pants away from you?

  • Actually, the last movie we saw in a theater was Armageddon, but that was at the Alamo Drafthouse, and it was being punked by Master Pancake Theater. I laughed until I cried.

  • MissAmynae

    oh, armageddon's a good one. our drinking game phrase was "Drill baby, Drill!"

  • e jerry powell

    I bet it's Sarah Palin's drinking game too.

  • Brooke

    My husband and I went to see Warm Bodies for Valentines Day. I strongly dislike going to the theaters for all but my most wanted movies. The people around here do not know how to act in a theater and I become agitated easily, the two are not a good mix. For Warm Bodies we actually drove almost an hour away because the audiences are better than the ones 10 minutes away. I love movies and would much rather wait for Blu-ray or Netflix to see them so I don't have to deal with idiots. If my husband just has to see an "event" movie, I'll go happily, as long as he's willing to drive an hour away.

  • Frank C

    Dark Knight Rises, but I have The Evil Dead in my sights.

  • BWeaves

    The Sessions.

    I tend to read Pajiba reviews and then put the movie in my Netflix save list.

    I just don't like my fellow movie goers. And I like to MST3K my movies, which would make my fellow movie goers not like me, either.

    PLUS I like my own house, and food, and bathroom, and couch, etc.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, haaaay!

    I hate having other people in the theater, hence I see a lot of matinees two weeks into the run.

  • Lovely Bones

    Same here, for the most part, though I admit there's some value to the shared experience that a theater brings, but only sometimes.

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