(Check out the main Tiffany’s post here)
As Kim and I were discussing what we would consider our “Tiffanys” (our one place where we felt most at ease), I automatically said my bedroom. I rethought my answer however because I felt it was a cop-out. Everyone finds peace in their bedroom, yet what was the one place I always felt comfortable in? What was one of the few places I looked forward to going to for weeks in advance? The answer to my “Tiffany’s?” The movie theater.
I consider myself a huge movie fan. I love seeing movies in the movie theater. It is such a different experience seeing a movie in the theater versus seeing it at home. The sights, the sounds, the anticipation of the movie, and the feeling you feel when the movie is over all contribute to the experience. Regardless of whether you like or dislike the film, the positive experience of going to the movie theater remains the same. Even after the movie itself is over the experience continues. When you walk out you see posters for the new releases and you can pick your next adventure right then and there. There are always new movies coming out; new adventures to experience, new places to see, and regardless of whether or not I liked the movie, I always leave the movie theater optimistic for my next adventure.
One of the most relaxing things I’ve ever done (and I only started doing it recently) is going to the movies by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies with friends and having a discussion about the movie once it’s over, but in the past year I’ve started to go by myself. It is so relaxing to sit in the theater alone and just watch the movie. I have weird traditions when I go: I always get peanut m&m’s and a small diet coke, I sit off-center, and I always put my coat on the seat next to me and pretend I’m waiting for someone. When it’s time to watch the movie, I just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
While driving to work today, I thought of skipping work and going to see a movie, but opted to go to work. Besides really needing the money, I didn’t want to give my sister a heart attack by not showing up. Today is the perfect day to sneak away into the movie theater, the weather outside is so dismal and perfect for indoor activities. For the next two hours or so you just escape to a new place. You can be in Narnia, Hogwarts, or Boston watching a boxing match. Once the lights start to dim, a new adventure starts and once again you’re off. A rainy day is the perfect day for the movies. It is the perfect indoor activity. Granted, the theater is usually a bit more crowded on rainy days, but there’s nothing better than being able to forget about the weather and just watch a movie.
With the rising price of movie tickets, the amounts of trips I make have started to decline. A normal trip to the movies costs a minimum of ten dollars, and that’s if you don’t buy snacks or a beverage. While my trips to the movie theater have become sparser as the years go by, my excitement for an actual trip to the movies is increasing. What was once a monthly trip has become a trip I make every several months.
So, there you have it. My “Tiffany’s” is the movie theater. Bring on the bad days, bad weather, and tempers, because I can defuse them all with a simple trip to this sacred place. It is a place where I can truly escape and find happiness.