Kissing in the back row of the movies? It was rather clear what The Drifters had in mind when they sang this back in 1974.
Abandon thoughts of kissing and back rows, though (sorry), and I believe there’s definitely a rather different set of circumstances in which an outing to see a movie with someone else can make sense.
Like me, you may well have been in the situation where you’re a bit down in the dumps. You know it would do you good to get out of the house. You know it would do you good to be in the company of a friend. But your state of mind somehow can’t cope with the thought of having to spend a couple of hours in conversation.
That’s when a trip to see a film can provide a neat solution. You get out, you’re with a friend, but you’re not expected to talk – with the possible exception of discussing what you’ve watched after you’ve seen it.
Seeing a film at the cinema instead of on the TV at home also has the distinct advantage of getting you away from your domestic surroundings, which may themselves be getting you down.
What’s more, the popcorn’s usually better too.