The energy of an empty cinema

There’s something at the cinema after films play that hangs about waiting to be watched. Lily Golightly discusses the curious energy of film.

There’s something at the cinema after films play that hangs about waiting to be watched. It’s the black screen and popcorn on the floor and the feeling of sharing something with other people.

I saw a movie on New Year's Day and am glad to have started the year knowing that $16.50 and two hours sitting in the dark looking at a screen feels like something.

I felt a bit sad on New Year’s Day, I was very aware that it was both beginning and an end. There was something comforting about sitting in a room, staring at the same thing and laughing at the same thing, as people I didn't know.

I like when people stay to watch the credits. Watching names of people they don't know appear and then disappear on the screen. We've all seen the movie and it was a good one so we all want to stay the extra five minutes to see it a bit more.

If you go to the movies by yourself the ads are exciting and the credits are exciting and the choc tops and lights and seats are exciting. You just want to be there. It’s helpful remembering your own company is very good and art is very good company too.

I think that if they let me I would have stayed in that cinema for the rest of the year, sitting in the fourth aisle from the front, third seat from the side.

I would’ve seen three movies a day and sat next to almost everyone, or maybe only another 30 people who'd also decided to live there. Maybe we would all decide to live in the cinema, and by the time the year was out we would feel some thing or maybe we wouldn't. The cinema is unsure, which can be very reassuring.

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