Times are tough. We’re all socially distancing right now. Downside: We can’t go to the theater to watch movies. Upside: People have been bringing their A-game on Twitter and we’re all interacting more, especially when it comes to streaming movie parties and livetweets. Now we have more time to catch up on all the movies we’ve never seen and come together to talk about the ones we love.
We asked movie fans a simple question:
Hey Twitter, what is the first movie you remember seeing in theaters? How does it hold up? 🎬🍿
— Atom Tickets (@atomtickets) March 24, 2020
And people responded with some of the most unexpected and fun answers. Some we could have guessed but others came out of left field – and we loved it!
Check out some of the best responses we got below:
Jungle book and not one of my favorites but this song is a bop pic.twitter.com/wDZclmgDYT
— sammie/gillietesiters🐞 (@shakeitoffgirl5) March 24, 2020
— Philip PrestonNguyen (@Bestosterone) March 24, 2020
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was 5-6. Went with a boy from kindergarten that I liked. Aww. Still a favorite cheesy movie.
— red alert🖖 (@sarcasmsign) March 24, 2020
Dasavatharam. It’s an Indian Tamil movie.
Understandably, the English is just super cheesy and hilarious, but that movie was still insanely brutal.
It didn’t have a rating back then, but I would rate it PG-13 or even R. And the virus in that movie is even worse than Contagion.
— Sanitize Devil (@daredevllbeats) March 24, 2020
First movie I saw in theaters was the He-Man movie. Um… how does it hold up? Well… Frank Langella makes it watchable, so there's that. 😄
— Marcos Kain (@kaijunokami) March 24, 2020
Honestly maybe I’ve seen others but RUGRATS MOVIE I REMEMBER seeing 😂 probably the most memorable cartoon movie ever. :p
— Britt (@myonly89bv) March 24, 2020
Spider-man. It was good back then, and now that I can speak and understand English, it's a lot better 😹
— Héctor 💙 (@Pink_Hec) March 24, 2020
Water Boy! My mom was so pissed at my dad for taking me to see it 🤣 I still love this movie more and more since a lot of jokes flew over my head then due to my age pic.twitter.com/Mx8B9Ov6A3
— Xtina (@MrsEquistina) March 24, 2020
Edward Scissorhands! And maybe not great as far as holding up (strange guy with scissor hands moves in to young girl's house and cuts everyone's hair for free? 😬) but still a great movie AND soundtrack!
— Sweet&Low (@XXXstatic) March 24, 2020
Unfortunately, a few poor souls were hilariously traumatized by their childhood moviegoing experiences:
My father took me to a Disney double-feature of Bambi 😢 and Snow White 😱 in a mall movie theater. Been too traumatized by both to ever watch them again.
— Strangekitty18 (@Strangekitty18) March 24, 2020
I remember my dad taking me to see Arachnophobia in the theaters when I was very young. I still hate spiders to this day, thanks dad
— t0mmyr (@t0mmyr) March 24, 2020
Piglet’s Big Adventure. Practically all I remember about that movie is that I cried for most of it.
— Abieks (@Official_Abieks) March 25, 2020
R.I.P. to the innocence of youth.
Naturally, quite a few others listed seeing animated Disney classics as their first movie memories, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi and 101 Dalmations. But the one we got most often was The Lion King:
The Lion King (1994). When the title comes in after the opening sequence with that loud boom, I asked rather loudly “is it over?” and the theatregoers had a good chuckle pic.twitter.com/CJLA8BbrBF
— Chloë (@Cluckeyduck) March 24, 2020
And maybe the coolest answer of all:
Star Wars – A New Hope, and I think it did okay…! 😏🤭 pic.twitter.com/LA9UGRfD6N
— Ms. Rogers' WASH YOUR HANDS!! Neighborhood 🐐✒️🗡️ (@TheWriteSteph) March 24, 2020
As someone who wasn’t even born when A New Hope hit theaters, consider me infinitely jealous.
Since you can’t get to the theater right now, check out our stay-at-home party pack of articles, including 5 classic movies to finally watch (now that, you know, you have time), everything hitting VOD early for your viewing pleasure, and the longest franchises by runtime to keep you entertained.