I saw Star Wars: A New Hope at the drive-in theater when I was four. I remember sitting on a tailgate of a pickup truck and staring at the screen. I can't tell you if it was the vehicle I came in or just a random place to sit. Things were simpler then.
I saw The Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi in the theater when they came out, as every good, little nerd boy did. It was actually a requirement stated on the back of my nerd boy membership card. Some time after the word "geek" was stolen from the circus and used to describe fans, but I've always stuck with "nerd."
When The Phantom Menace came out I was so excited I played sick at work and left early to "go home and sleep this off" but instead went to the theater and saw it on the big screen. It was a thrill, but all for all of the subsequent movies I waited until they came out on disc. It wasn't that I didn't like them, it was just that my days of having to see things in the theater, paying high ticket costs and ludicrous food costs, were effectively cut short by my limited budget.
But then here comes The Rise of Skywalker, effectively the end of the series, although you and I both know that Disney isn't letting this cash cow die. I knew it was just a matter of time before someone ruined every aspect of the movie by picking it apart and stupidly arguing how they could have written it better (even though no one asked them to) so I decided I had to see it in the theater. By myself.
(Well, I did ask a friend to come along, but that didn't work out, and I wasn't going to wait so I went.)
I don't need to explain at this point that I'm uncomfortable around people in the general sense. Give me a shield (like work) and I can manage, but left to my own devices I tend to avoid groups, or people entirely save for those two poor, unfortunate souls who live with me and are obligated by marriage and birth to put up with me.
I could do this in a narrative, but that would be painstakingly reliving the whole thing, so it's time to resort to bullet points.
All things considered I had a good time. I got to see the final film on the big screen, and that made all the irksome things worth it. And now I have a gauge to use to judge the next time this situation comes up. It had better be a damn good movie to make me want to go out again.