I think I can do the same for my relationship to Bigbad through movies. It's not that I didn't enjoy movies before him, but I can remember the first movie we saw together (Intolerable Cruelty). Movies were free for us on campus during our undergrad and one year they ran a contest to see who could see the most. We had to have been in the top ten for sure (we didn't bother going to the very last showing where they tallied up results).
For as much as we like movies, we don't go to the theater a lot. When we started teaching there would be that awkward moment of either having a student working the box office or worse running into them inside the theater itself. Even if our students aren't there, the movie theater is one of the few places where I become very curmudgeonly. I sound like a character from a the Dennis the Menace comic strip and mutter, "Turn off your damn cell phone" akin to "Get off my lawn." I'm so much more agreeable watching movies at home on Netflix.
But there are some movies that you just have to see in the theater, some that just lend themselves better to that environment (cough*Avatar*cough).
Raleighwood is about the only theater I enjoy now. Yes, part of the reason is because it isn't packed with teenagers. But that's only part of the reason. The teens don't flood the theater because it isn't a megaplex. It's in an older strip mall with a Home Goods and Dollar Tree and a frozen yogurt place. It's unassuming and isn't even visible from the street. But I do like the nice details they have (mosaics, murals, and the little bulbs bordering the mirrors in the bathroom to emulate makeup stations).
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