Enough with Netflix, the big screen is back

By Vishani Ragobeer

You probably don’t know me, but if you did, you would know that at least 90% of my social life involves Netflix or Disney Plus. If you let me go, I’ll watch show after show, never stopping to think of other hobbies.

As a television fanatic, I naturally love cinema. In fact, except and with the exception of having to pay to watch every movie in the cinema, I generally prefer that than being locked in my room, watching a movie on my laptop or phone.

After more than a year of closure, due to restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, local theaters reopened last Thursday. And, of course, I jumped at the chance to go to the movies at my first opportunity.

On Saturday I left the house an hour before the start time of the movie I wanted to watch. I had everything I needed: my cash for the ticket, my hoodie for the cold, and my vaccination card and my identity card to prove that I was vaccinated.

Enter the theater first (Photo: Newsroom / August 21, 2021)

I chose Caribbean Cinemas at Giftland Mall, Turkeyen, simply because it was logistically easier (and maybe because I wanted doubles too).

If you don’t already know, when purchasing movie tickets here, you are now asked to choose where you want to sit. Because I’m an early riser (at the movies, not usually), that means I can choose my ideal seat in advance – which is actually right in the middle of the theater.

With adequate social distancing measures in place, seats are grouped in pairs. In my experience on Saturday, two people were seated next to each other and the two or three seats were not available.

It’s not a perfect system, however. If you plan to watch a movie in groups of three (or really, any number greater than two), that means you’ll have to go your separate ways. It’s not that bad considering that we are in a pandemic.

But, if you go to the movies alone, you might end up being matched with someone who was the “third man” in their group of friends. And that could be awkward, especially if you left your bag in its seat, hoping no one would choose that seat.

In my case, I had to tone down my obnoxious reactions during ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ because this random teenager was sitting right next to me.

The other slightly odd thing about the ‘COVID’ movie experience was that there was no sale of popcorn, nachos, or drinks – all of which are arguably an integral part of the movie experience. . But again, we are in a pandemic.

The essentials: the COVID-19 vaccination record, an identity card and the cinema ticket (Photo: Press room / August 21, 2021)

Those awkward or weird things didn’t matter as much to me once I was in front of the big screen again. Aside from the movie itself, there’s just something about the big screen, surround music, and ambient lighting that makes watching a movie in the cinema so enjoyable.

Of course, there was also the late start of my movie and the intermittent “sticking” of the screen at the start while the commercials were running (and once during the movie). And of course there was this person who gets a phone call during the movie and has to walk in front of you. Ah yes, all the things I love about cinema.

Seriously, I had been hoping theaters would be allowed to reopen for months now and it was a roller coaster of emotions for me when the reopening was announced, but theaters said they couldn’t afford to. reopen.

I’m glad everything went well because now I can spice up my relationship with Netflix by going to the movies whenever possible. Warn my friends that they will see me even less now!


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