i don't think it's sad but i'm not confident enough to do it..
I've done it once cos a friend couldn't make it and I was already outside cinema. I was VERY self-concious, especially as there was a boyfriend and girlfried behind me smooching away, then a large group of friends in front. I did feel very strange but I don't think they noticed. I wouldn't do it again, but meh, I enjoyed the film in question.
I often feel self-conscious even when my friends go to get popcorn and leave me alone in the cinema.
Then again, when you think about it, how much notice do you take of other people in the cinema...you give those around you a quick glance when you come in and that's it. I wouldn't even notice someone sitting on their own.
havent thought anything of it in the past
I can understand why people might think it sad to go to the cinema alone but, in reality, all you do at the cinema is sit and watch a film (usually in silence) so the absence of company doesn't really matter.
It's not something I'd like to do but I know a lot of people that do it, I don't think it's sad really.
If you're 50 years old and going to a re-showing of 'Mean Girls', yes.
I've been to the cinema a few times by myself and it does feel a bit weird but I don't really mind.
I have never been to the cinema alone and I think the OP has raised a good point I've never noticed before. The idea of going on holiday alone seems sad to me, how could anyone do that? I guess if you can make some quick mates in a bar on your first night then yeah, I guess it's fine, but I've always gone with mates or parents.
I can only think of one instance where I saw someone alone in a cinema and that was when we went to see Year One. Apart from this guy, my friend and I, there was no-one else in there. I guess if someone has an unlimited weekly/monthly card then you go as much as you can, which would be more than the average person would go, so being alone is inevitable. However, it is a big, dark room full of strangers. I guess I'd compare it to going to a pub and never speaking to anyone, but I doubt many people do.
I went to watch Star Wars Revenge of the Sith alone, which I do admit felt slightly sad. Although I went to watch a film with my friend the other month and he left halfway through living me as the only person in the whole room watching the film which I enjoyed. Is it sad? Not really. Personally I have always enjoyed my own company just as much as that of others.
I go alone all the time, for various reasons. I don't see why being alone should prevent me from doing anything (except of course walking down dark alleys in the middle of the night!). And really, who cares if some random person who you'll probably never see again thinks you're sad? It's just not a big deal.