While the options to stream movies at home are endless, there is still something special about opting to see a film at the cinema. After all, your home can’t compete with a theatre’s high-quality sound system, big screen, ambiance, snacks, and luxury seating.
If you are looking for the perfect activity this month, read on for five reasons to go to the cinema this holiday season.
1. It is the perfect family bonding experience.
The holiday season is all about spending time with your loved ones, but it can become challenging to think of fun activities that everyone – no matter their age – will enjoy. Luckily, you can’t go wrong with a cinema outing because there is always a movie for the whole family to see. There is just something special about enjoying the experience of seeing a great film together on the big screen.
To have the best time when going to the cinema with your family, make sure you are considering what movie is suitable for the audience and the mood. If you are going with younger children, keep the running time in mind as they have shorter attention spans than grown-ups. Furthermore, you may want to read some reviews to ensure that the subject matter is appropriate and that everyone will enjoy it.
2. You can organize a cinema party.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a way to hang out with lots of friends, organizing a cinema party is a great option. It is a great way to celebrate the holiday season by getting all your friends together. Generally, the best place to organize a cinema party is at a boutique cinema because they offer more options for movies and are able to give you a more personalized experience. Plus, you can organize a private screening if you want to make your party a lot more memorable. What’s more, these cinemas tend to have more character than regular movie theaters, which is ideal if you want to make it a more special event.
When organizing a movie party, inquire with your local theatres about any cinema ticket offers they have for larger groups. There is a good chance that you will be able to get a discount! Make sure that you book your tickets online before the movie to ensure that all members of the party are able to get a seat. Many theatres also offer the option of choosing seats online beforehand; this is a fantastic way to guarantee that everyone can sit together and enjoy the film.
3. Alternatively, you can enjoy a movie on your own.
That being said, while going to the movies can be a highly sociable activity, it is also a great thing to do on your own. This type of outing provides you with a rare chance to release yourself from the distractions of the modern world – even just for a couple of hours.
Often, when you are on your own, you can immerse yourself in the film in a way you can’t do when with other people. Seeing it solo enables you to live in the moment truly and to concentrate solely on your emotions as you watch the film.
In addition, by choosing to see a movie by yourself, you won’t need to compromise with others in terms of what you will watch. If there is a film that you want to see, you can see it! Only you have a say in the decision and you don’t need to concern yourself with how anybody else feels.
This means that you can take a chance and indulge in a genre that you may not regularly watch. Think of it as taking yourself out on a date! It is essential to prioritize you-time, especially during the holidays, and going to the movies solo is a great way to demonstrate to yourself that you are important.
4. You can see the latest movies.
No matter who you choose to go to the movies with, by opting to go to the cinema, you can take your pick from the latest movies. To make your selection, have a look at the upcoming movie releases in Dubai (or wherever you reside); that way, you can find out which films you are the most excited about seeing. Keep in mind that all movies look better when they are shown on a huge screen, so if there is one you are desperate to see, you are going to have the best experience seeing it at the cinema.
If you opt to visit a boutique cinema, then there is a good chance that they are showing movies that you may not normally encounter. This is one of the benefits of visiting this type of movie theatre as it is a great way to expand your movie viewing and to watch something that isn’t the latest blockbuster hit. For those who like foreign films or genres that don’t hit the mainstream, a boutique cinema is always going to have something new for your viewing.
5. You can sit back and enjoy the film.
Part of the enjoyment of seeing a movie at the theatre is that you can indulge in all the extras that make it such a unique experience. For example, the food offerings are a central part of the event, and you can choose from a variety of snacks to boost your viewing pleasure. Today, many boutique cinemas offer food services that can be delivered directly to your seat. All you have to do is get comfortable, make your selections, and then sit back and enjoy.
Everyone who frequents the cinema knows that the ambiance of the theatre is what makes it so fun. No matter what kind of movie you opt to see, enjoying it with others brings an added feeling of satisfaction to the viewing. You all laugh at the same time, gasp together, and ultimately feel like you went on a wild journey with each other. That feeling is hard to replicate anywhere else.
Are you considering going to the movies this holiday season? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Paul Fox is the Director of Roxy Cinemas under Meraas Group/DXB Entertainments. Roxy Cinemas currently has five Dubai locations: The Beach, La Mer, City Walk, Box Park, and Bollywood Parks.
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