I went to the cinema today - haven't been for absolutely ages, partly though lethargy, but also a significant part was due to worry about how loud/bright/noisy/shiny/peoply it would be.
A good friend asked me to go with her/hubby/their son - I took 2 hours to reply to the text, as you do when your initial thought when anyone asks you to do anything is to scream "no" and curl up in a ball. But I didn't talk myself out of it.
And I'm glad I went, coz it was okay. She's one of the few people who know about my AS, so wasn't surprised when I said "I'll need to wear my earplugs, and I need to sit on the end of the row". It was quite loud, but the earplugs reduced it to an okay level for a couple of hours; it was quite bright, but I shut my eyes in the bright shiny flashy bits, and it wasn't too peoply.
So I'm glad I did it!
That is really good! End of row is always preferable for me too. Haven't used ear plugs at the cinema but may try this. Which film did you see? There are some good ones on release at the moment.
Mary Poppins Returns. Wouldn't necessarily have been my first choice, but the boy loved it and I actually enjoyed it as well !
That's what I went to see on New Year's Eve... enjoyed it almost as much as the original Mary Poppins and the optimism it inspired was a great way to end / start the year.
I would like to see The Favourite, and Stan and Olly too. Saw trailers and they look promising. I worked in a cinema in all of my university vacations in the early 1980s and really loved it!
Have you tried showings for the hard of hearing? I find them very, very, compatible with my viewing experience. The hard of hearing make far less noise than people who aren't hard of hearing. I tend to get into it a bit with people who talk over the film, or make noise for the sake of it.
It's a strange paradox, but it's true. I've been quite a few times now, the first time was pure luck. They subtitle the film, so it would be great for your earplugs. There is still sound for the members of the audience that can hear. Some cinemas have Autism Friendly Showings too. I've never been to one, but they tend to not show many films.
I'd whole heartedly recommend hard of hearing showings. You don't have to be hard of hearing. They don't seem to care if you bring in foid from outside either, at least at my local cinema, suits me fine, especially considering the prices they charge for food. The showings are cheaper too, considerably. Everything's a plus!
I like the cinema experience - I just hate other people being in there with me.
I choose screenings when it's difficult for other people to attend - like weekdays during the school run - around 3pm - parents will be at the schools with their kids so they will book the next showing so I get the place to myself.
I can book the perfect seat right in the centre for perfect sound and perfect viewing angle - not too close, not too far away. The Goldilocks seat.
If only there were decent films to watch.....
have never seen the original Mary Poppins...
thanks, yeah I would consider that. I do watch most TV with subtitles on just so I can have the volume down a notch so that would be ok at the cinema.
I did fulfill a long held ambition when I once had the entire cinema (well, that screen) absolutely totally to myself - it was an afternoon showing, think it was "Teenage Mutant Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze"
i love going to the movies the main thing that gets to me is the people! and when they eat very loudly and russul bags and kids talking now that hurts more than the movies its self
No problem, I'd go for it. They seem to show a pretty wide range of films too. At my cinema every film gets at least one showing for the hard of hearing. Happy viewing!