Earlier this year I would often go to the cinema (or Moving Pictures as my Nan would call it, due to the absolutely amazing Student Mondays at the Wollongong cinema. 9 bucks for students and every 5th movie free. I lapped this up. Plus in conjunction with some pretty decent movies I had a great time. I would often go on the Monday at a later time such as 9/9:30pm and would definitely make a night of it. Would head to Chefs Choice in Wollongong for dinner to grab some Salt and Pepper Calamari (#1) and a Seafood Laksa (#36) then after i had finished this delicious meal, would go to the cinema and sit down to watch my movie. Absolutely awesome time each week. And depending on how good the movie was, I either had a great movie going experience or had an awesome sleep. One of my cinema experiences that sticks out to me the most is when I went and saw Atomic Blonde late last year. I did the exact same thing that I would usually did, but that wasn’t the part that stuck out to me the most. The thing that stuck out to me was what happened during the movie. The movie itself wasn’t all that special. But there were some really fun bits. One of the craziest thing was that I was literally the only person in the cinema for the whole movie. So during the boring bits I just sat there watching YouTube on my phone. It was great. Whenever I am bored I watch YouTube so it worked out perfectly. I also snuck a lot of food in as it was cold outside so I could jut hide it in my jacket (but shhhh don’t tell the cinema). I often also love going to the Imax theatre as that experience is quite like non other.
In relation to Hagerstrand’s three constraints:
- Capability constraints: Due to being a young and strong Uni student, I didn’t really have many capability constraints. I never really needed much sleep and often had a lot of time in my hands or would make time for this weekly.
- Coupling constraints: Just as I stated above, I had a lot of time on my hands.; and therefore was able to really work around whatever time that the cinema set me. When it comes to other people, I would mostly just go by myself. Means I could work out whatever time suits me and the majority of my good friends live substantial distances from Wollongong and there fore me.
- Authority constraints: The biggest constraint here is definitely the last viewing time that Wollongong Cinema allows. Otherwise I have the money and the ability, and therefore the authority.
My trips to the cinema are currently very different to the typical cinema going experience when it comes to people of my generation. Usually people my age go out with a bunch of friends on the weekend to a big premier every couple of months. This contrasts greatly with how I usually consume movies both when I go to the cinema and when I watch them at home.