For over a century people have enjoyed going to the movies. There is something about going to the local theater to watch a big film, grabbing some popcorn and a coke while getting drawn into a story. We each experience movies differently. Whether for the sights, the sounds, the smells, the gathering of friends, the story, or any combination thereof, we have all found different things to enjoy at the movies.

Watching a film in the theater has a greater impact on your experience than watching the film at home. There are so many distractions that can take you out of the story or out of the element. Your phone might ring. Your dog might need to go outside, or you might start flipping through social media and take yourself out of the experience. At the theater, you have already made an investment into your time there by purchasing a ticket-usually at a high price-and setting aside time out of your day where you are planning to be entertained. Your mind is already set in a “me time” mode where distractions take a backseat.

Make sure that when you go to a movie, you are setting yourself up to have a better experience. Turn off the phone. Don’t just silence the phone. Many phones will still vibrate, and the distraction can take you out of a moment. Go in knowing that ticket and snack prices are high. If you are already expecting the prices to be high, you get two benefits; you are less likely to get caught off guard and have a more positive experience overall. Get into the theater early. Not only will you have a better experience if you aren’t missing any of the film, but you are also not being a distraction to others who are also attending the movie. If you keep these things in mind, you will find a more enriching experience at the theaters regardless of how good or bad the movie is.

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