As harsh as it is on my back account, I’m a frequent cinema goer. I love the vibe, the smell of fresh popcorn, and the anticipation as the lights start to dim and the movie begins to roll. I’m always looking to the internet for upcoming films that I can go see with my friends, as well as waiting eagerly for the highly-anticipated films to finally be released (Avengers 4 can’t come out soon enough).
As much as I love watching movies in the comfort of my own home, I have to admit that seeing a brand new film in the cinema is an experience that I deem far superior. I get very distracted by other stimuli when I’m home, so unless the movie is utterly captivating, I find it hard to focus on just the one thing. When I’m at the cinema however, all of my attention is pulled towards the film. That may be because of the large screen or the silent judgement that comes from using your phone in the theatre, but regardless, my focus is on the film in front of me.
I was able to partake in another cinema experience this past week, where two of my friends and I went to see BlacKkKlansman. I’d seen the trailer on TV maybe once or twice, but immediately knew that it was a film I absolutely had to go see. While that film did not disappoint and I would highly, highly, recommend everyone go see it, this is not a film review so you guys are just going to have to see it for yourselves.
However, this is about my cinema experience and how it relates to Hagerstrand’s constraints.
In terms of capability, I am lucky that this particular screening of the film was at a discounted rate. This is something that we usually search for, often leaving us to attend certain films on ‘cheap Tuesdays’ instead of premiere screenings. I am currently unemployed, so we’ve had to dial down our cinema visits lately, but it had been a while since we’d gone so I could afford to splurge on this occasion. My usual cinema spot in Chatswood is very popular, which means that we usually get most films and don’t have to search for places far away from us in order to see the films we want.
I have a core group of friends that I go to see films with. On occasion I’ll hit up some other friends when I know that they’ll be interested in a certain film, otherwise I know my main girls will always be up for a movie night – as was the case with this night. Conflicting schedules often leave us with evening screenings, and as someone who is tired 90% of the time, this can get pretty difficult. However, this is something I can put up with.
I can’t think of any authority constraints that had an effect on our overall experience. Everything was really relaxed, we had booked our tickets online and the Coles in the shopping centre was open so we didn’t have to spend too much money on snacks.
The only constraint that truly bothers me is the fact that there aren’t enough decent movies that warrant a cinema visit every week; but at least I’ll have enough money when there is one.
Witheridge, G. (2015) ‘Hagerstrand Not the Irrational Man: An Analysis of Why Tumbleweeds Have Replaced Jaffas Rolling Down Cinema Aisles‘ Giverny’s Posits, Ponderings and Postulations, 30 August, Viewed: 25 August 2018 <https://givernywitheridge.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/hagerstrand-not-the-irrational-man-an-analysis-of-why-tumbleweeds-have-replaced-jaffas-rolling-down-cinema-aisles/>