Me: Maybe we should buy season tickets to the theater.
Historian: We'd get a great discount.
Me: . . . and maybe we could go to a weeknight showing, so we wouldn't miss the movies?
I love the movies so much. Mostly, we go to the movies every Friday and Saturday nights. Sometimes, we see two movies in a day. Or sometimes just I do--I'll go to something with one of my kids, then the Historian and I will see another in the evening. A weekend without two movies makes me feel like something is missing. Like maybe a lung or something. I ♥ the movies, but I also need the movies.
Another instance: we go to this jazz concert series every year. We buy season tickets. The concerts are on Monday evenings, except this year, the first concert is on a Saturday. SATURDAY. I ask you. That is movie night.
Another recent conversation:
Dr. Write: You should have come to the Red Iguana on Friday night. How come you didn't come?
Me: It was movie night.
Dr. Write: (uncomprehending this explanation, wherein movie automatically trumps dinner at the Red Iguana with a bunch of collegial friends)
Me: . . . (scrambling) and, but, okay, but it was movie night!
In my own defense, it was a work-ish dinner, not quite an obligation . . . but there was Mexican food. And my friends.
Okay, I get it. It's a little sick. I would honestly rather see a movie twice--if it was a movie I liked the first time--than do most other things, when it's movie night. More than going to a play. More than going to a concert. Even if the play or concert is good, and the movie is not all that good.
Some movies I would probably go see rather than going to the theater or a concert:
The Other Guys
That new Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren vehicle
Well, there you are. As I like to say to people who don't go to the movies, "The movies are the great popular art of our time!" Which may or may not be true. But I cannot really identify many things that give me more unadulterated pleasure than choosing a seat on the side, settling in with or without popcorn, and, when the lights dim, watching preview after preview until the storytelling in the dark begins.