One of the first pieces of dating advice that a dating expert will give is to avoid movies as date spots. They’ll argue that movies are long, involved, and discourage any sort of verbal communication between the daters. However, with a positive attitude and these 5 helpful hints, you can recapture the movie magic that has made going to the the movies a dating staple for the last 100 years.
1. Arrive Early
Often times, moviegoers find themselves sprinting through the parking lot to try and find seats in the dark during the previews. Getting to the movie house early allows you to be more relaxed during the evening. You are able to get the best possible seats, secure refreshments worry free, and have plenty of conversation while you leisurely prepare to view.
2. Choose Your Movie Wisely
Deciding on a film to watch with your date is a great opportunity to factor in a little teamwork to your date night. Do your best to pick a film that neither of you has seen and that does not run too long. While romantic comedies seem to be specifically made for date nights, you can get a lot more post date mileage from heady thrillers, independent films, and beloved classics.
3. Use a Movie Event
One of the best things about living in Austin, Texas is the plethora of events locations that are centered around film. Using a movie event is a fantastic way to turn your date into something spectacular. Austin is home to four Alamo Draft House locations that fun and zany events year round that range from Oscar nominated short films to witnessing forgotten B movie classics on Weird Wednesdays. Plus, if there are no events that interest you at the time, sometimes eating warm cookies and ice cream during your movie is event enough.
4. Enjoy Your Movie
Viewing a movie is a communal experience and it is important to take care in not ruining the experience of those around you; however, during a date focusing too much on being respectful to other viewers can turn out to be be disrespectful to the film. Laughter gets stifled, tears get held back, and comments get left out and forgotten. Enjoying the film as much as possible can get your date to relax and open up more.
5. Dinner AFTER a Movie
“Dinner and a movie” is common dating terminology and is most commonly the order of dating events. However, going to eat after the movie can be a much more easy going order of events. After viewing a film together, you automatically have something to talk about. It’s already built in. Regardless of whether you liked the movie or want to personally destroy any existing prints of it, there will be plenty of discussion points about what you have just seen; especially if it was an intriguing movie that was part of an event. More importantly, you and your date will now have an experience that you have shared which is a great way to lead into other experiences that you can have together.