July 3, 1998

Moviegoing by the Numbers

Exactly how often do I go to the movies?
My parenting years are in purple.
I have been out to the movies 779 times in 24 years. At two hours apiece, that's over 65 days straight (with no bathroom breaks)! Over the last decade I've averaged 20 movies per year.
Since my first son was born in 2009 my pace has slowed a tad- except for 2012, when I saw five movies in one weekend at South By Southwest, I have not seen more than twenty movies in a year since I became a dad.

NOTES

  • I saw so many movies in 1995 because I was on, well, I guess you could call them "business trips" every weekend? It's a long, embarrassing story. Lots of my life choices in the 90s are embarrassing;
  • I was a member of the Brattle Theatre for a few years in the early 2000s, which included free passes, and discounted admission, which is reflected in my numbers in those years.
  • I was unemployed for all of 2001 and only working part time for half of 2002, and I went to a lot of movies in that era too.
  • I saw five movies in one weekend at South by Southwest 2012.
  • I only managed to see 16 movies in 2015 because I saw three movies in three days while my family was out of town between Christmas and New Years'.
  • August 2017 Update: 13 movies in 7 months means I am on pace to see 22 this year, most since 2012.