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What Is the Last Movie You Saw in a Movie Theater?

By Dustin Rowles | Film | July 8, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Film | July 8, 2020 |


We’ve gotten more good news/bad news where it concerns movie release dates. Halloween Kills has been moved from this October until October 2021, while Candyman has been bumped from this September to October, for now. Increasingly, it’s starting to look like movie theaters are giving up the summer and potentially looking toward the fall, but I think there’s probably a decent chance that studios don’t release any major new films until 2021. That’s both bad news (because no movies), but also the good news (because fewer people being infected).

It breaks my heart, because I love going to the movie theaters. I love the ritual of it, the shitty concessions, the occasionally annoying moviegoer, and most of all, the experience of being in a movie theater with 25, 50, 100 or even one other person there to do the exact same thing. It’s one of the few remaining communal experiences in America. I love the whole thing, as well as the drive home afterward, especially those midnight drives through backwoods Maine after watching a horror flick.

Anyway, with the release of movies into theaters invariably being delayed again, we started to remember the last movie we saw in a theater. Mine was … Ben Affleck’s The Way Back. It was a fine enough movie, but God, what if all the theaters go out of business, and they never re-open again? What if The Way Back is the last movie I ever see on the big screen? I don’t want Ben Affleck’s alcoholism movie to be my last experience in the movie theater. What a depressing thought.

Then again, it’s better than Roxana’s last movie — Benh Zeitlin Wendy, which would’ve vanished from theaters even if they were still open — while Tori and TK’s last movie was Onward, which was released to Disney+ a few weeks later. Seth’s last was The Invisible Man, which is probably the most popular movie of the year on VOD, while Kristy’s was Bloodshot, that Vin Diesel movie that has probably also done far better on VOD than it did in its short time in theaters. Petr’s, meanwhile, was Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which I watched on my phone last night. I’m assuming he had the better experience. Meanwhile, the last movie Steven saw in a theater? Robert Downey, Jr’s. Dolittle. Steven wins.

What about y’all? What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater?

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