Sometimes I just want to get out of the house and see a movie, but I at least check the showtimes on the internet first. Especially since there are usually only one or two movies playing that I have any interest in seeing
I work at a movie theater and yeah, people do this all the time.
Sometimes they'll come up & ask me "what's playing right now?" despite the fact that the marquee is, you know, SIX INCHES ABOVE MY FUCKING HEAD
I also love when people force me to choose what movie they see
Pfft that’s something losers do. And I’m one of those losers.
I've never heard of such blasphemy! Even before the internet (yes, I'm old!) My cheap ass self used to check the newspaper at the corner gas station for show times and plan my trip/date to the theater.
I do this more often since I got my MoviePass. I work freelance so I get days off when my friends are working. I get bored and drive over to the move theater to pass the time.
I was doing box office for a small film festival last year, and someone came up wanting a ticket for "Slate". It took a few minutes of digging through our schedule and talking to him to figure this out, but he had just watched the trailer for the magic movie "Sleight" on YouTube and driven to the movie theater. Not only did it have nothing to do with our festival, but it wouldn't be playing until months later, and the idea of watching a trailer and driving to a movie theater without even Googling when it came out or where it was playing was so ridiculous. Shout-out to that guy.
Only a savage would show up to a theater without a movie picked out and a plan for snacks and drinks
If I'm at a restaurant and we get to talking about the movie and that it looked good. Usually there are theaters within walking distance at a few of the restaurants I go to. So, yea sometimes rather than looking it up on the phone will walk over and see.
If I plan on it? Yea, looking up times before going.
I've never just shown up at theater and now rarely even go unless I've purchased tickets days in advance.
When I was in college there was a small, family-owned movie theater with a single theater + movie rental place. I wandered in one time, browsed the DVDs, and didn't see anything I was particularly interested in. I wandered over to the theater side and Superstar was playing. SNL; might be entertaining, right? So I bought a ticket. Then I heard the employee make a phone call and whisper, "You have to come in and start the movie. Someone is actually going to see it." I told her let him stay home; I'll just get a DVD instead.
Did this just the other day. Was having my battery in my phone changed at the Apple Store. They said it would take two hours and I had no way of telling time so I decided to watch a movie at the theater next door. No idea what was playing but I ended up enjoying Jumanji very much
I remembered doing this years ago when I just got my license and there were no smart phones... Nowadays there's no reason not to plan ahead
Never done this. The most spontaneous movie going experience for me is when I'm like "It'd be nice to go watch a movie at the cinema tonight" then I go to the website and see if they are showing anything interesting that night.
One day around this last year, I woke up on a Saturday morning around 9 and decided to see La La Land. I had plans that night so I needed something to do in the meantime. The local theater had a showing at 10:50, which still counted as an early bird special, so I got a discounted price as well.
I never go without checking times and what theater first, but sometimes it's like an hour before the showing.