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  If you’re thinking about venturing to the cinema on your own for the first time, you’re not alone! Going solo to the movies can be a fun and rewarding experience. In Nigeria, there are several cinemas to choose from, such as Silverbird Cinemas, Filmhouse Cinemas, Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, and Ozone Cinemas, among others. Each offers a unique movie-watching experience, from comfortable seats to state-of-the-art sound systems. To embark on your solo trip to the cinema, here are ten important tips to make your experience enjoyable and stress-free.
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  • Choose the Right Movie

When planning your solo cinema trip, pick a movie that interests you. Whether it’s a comedy, action, or romance film, select something that you’ll enjoy watching on the big screen. Check the cinema’s schedule online or through their app to see what’s playing and choose your movie in advance.
  • Check Showtimes and Book Tickets

Before heading to the cinema, check the showtimes for your selected movie. Most cinemas have online booking options, allowing you to reserve your ticket in advance. This ensures you won’t miss out on the movie and can skip the long queues at the ticket counter.
  • Arrive Early

It’s always a good idea to arrive at the cinema early, especially if it’s your first time going alone. Arriving early gives you time to find parking, buy snacks, and locate your seat without feeling rushed. Plus, you can enjoy the pre-movie trailers and advertisements.
  • Select a Comfortable Seat

When choosing your seat in the cinema hall, opt for one that offers a good view of the screen and is comfortable for you. Whether you prefer sitting in the middle or at the back, pick a spot where you’ll feel relaxed throughout the movie.
  • Bring Snacks and Drinks

While most cinemas offer a variety of snacks and drinks for purchase, consider bringing your own if permitted. Pack your favourite snacks, such as popcorn, candy, or chips, along with a bottle of water or soda to enjoy during the movie.
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  • Silence Your Phone

Before the movie starts, remember to silence your phone or switch it to silent mode. You wouldn’t want your phone ringing or vibrating during the movie and disturbing other viewers. Plus, it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the cinematic experience.
  • Enjoy the Movie

Once the movie begins, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Let yourself get lost in the storyline, characters, and visuals unfolding on the big screen. Don’t be afraid to laugh, gasp, or cry along with the movie – after all, that’s part of the fun of going to the cinema.
  • Respect Other Moviegoers

While watching the movie, be mindful of other audience members. Avoid talking loudly, using your phone, or kicking the seats in front of you. Show respect for everyone’s enjoyment of the movie by being considerate and courteous.
  • Stay Safe

When leaving the cinema, ensure you have all your belongings with you, including your wallet, phone, and any personal items. Be cautious, especially if you’re leaving late at night, and consider using designated parking areas or rideshare services for added safety.
  • Reflect on Your Experience

After the movie ends and you’re heading home, take a moment to reflect on your solo cinema experience. Did you enjoy watching the movie alone? Would you do it again in the future? Use this opportunity to learn and grow from your experience.
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Final Thoughts

Taking a solo trip to the cinema can be a rewarding and empowering experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of your movie-going adventure and create lasting memories. So, grab your ticket, pick your movie, and get ready to enjoy the magic of the silver screen – all on your own!
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This article was first published on 13th May 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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