Why I love the cinema

Good evening fellow nomads,

I love the cinema. It’s one of my favourite things to do in my spare time, and I thought I’d rave a bit about it, just in case anyone else needs convincing.

Me enjoying the cinema with my good friend Jenny, including a sneak peek of our snacks

Rachel’s Top 5 cinema loves

1. Popcorn

I really love popcorn. I make it myself at home, but for some reason it never tastes quite as good as the cinema stuff. I order the biggest size possible, and usually finish it well before the end of the film – and no, I don’t share. I only like salted popcorn; I don’t really understand the point of sweet, or fudge, or ‘cajun’ or anything too out there. Stick to what you know, I say. That said, I will occasionally switch things up and bring some sweets or a box of After Eights, but popcorn is my first and one true love.

2. A big drink

I’m really marking myself out here as a complete greedy guts, but I also love the big fizzy drink to go with the popcorn. We don’t really drink fizzy drinks at home, so this is quite a novelty for us and we do enjoy it. I have to be careful though, because if it’s a late night and/or a scary film and/or I have a caffeinated drink like coke or something, it’s likely I won’t sleep very well that night!

3. Sitting in silence

I love any excuse to get comfy in a big chair with some snacks and not say any words for a few hours. As I may have mentioned before, I’m an introvert so I love the chance to be quiet and recharge my energy. The cinema provides a socially acceptable way to do so! By the time the film is done, I’ll be ready to have a good discussion about how you enjoyed it, the plot, what you thought of the cast – but if you are planning on talking to me during the film, forget it! No interruptions, no distractions. We are experiencing.

4. Escapism

I love the chance to live another life through someone else’s eyes, even if it is a completely outlandish science fiction. I like when films make you think about your own life, but I also love some pure escapism. It helps if I’m in the right mood, but I’m generally quite easy going about what type of film I will watch. Almost anything goes.

5. Indie cinemas

I particularly love indie cinemas. Even if they have slightly uncomfortable seating or strange ticketing practices, there’s something extra special about them. I particularly like The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, the State Cinema in Tasmania and I’m looking forward to a new cinema, The Odyssey, opening in St Albans. Even better, some of these cinemas are licensed, so you can trade up your coke for a nice glass of wine! What’s not to love.

Popcorn – my first love

Do you like the cinema? What’s your favourite thing about it?

Have a thrilling Thursday,


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