It’s OK to go to movies alone — sometimes

By Grant McGee

CMI columnist

That Dustin Hoffman movie “Rain Man” was on the TV the other day.

“I remember going to see this by myself,” said The Lady of the House while we watched the movie.

I got to thinking about going to the movies by oneself.

Do you have a rule about going to the movies by yourself? I’ve met people who absolutely will not go to a movie alone. I’ve met folks who regularly go to the movies by themselves.

I don’t mind seeing a movie by myself. I never really gave it any second thought. When I was a kid not only did my folks regularly ship me off to relatives, they regularly gave me money to get out of the house and go to the Saturday matinee. Sometimes my buddy Catfish would join me. Sometimes not.

I have learned that I want to be aware of the kind of movie I go see alone.

For instance there was that time while truck driving I found myself in town waiting for my next load. I got my folding bicycle from under my bunk and pedaled off to the local cinema. I paid my money and moseyed on in to the theater showing “American Pie 2.”

Now I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this movie. It’s a comedy about frisky twentysomethings doing frisky twentysomething things.

I walked into the theater and realized I had made a tactical error. Here I was by myself and the oldest person in there. I was being stared at. The looks made me feel like a creepy guy. But I had plopped down my money and took my seat like a righteous dude with a paid admission.

Yeah, it’ll be a long time before I go to the movies by myself again.

And I’m sure I won’t mind doing it.

I’ll just be aware of what kind of movie I’m going to see.


Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him at:

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