New Moon (2009) poster with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart as Edward, Jacob, and Bella.

When people tell me they don’t see the point of theaters when you can watch movies at home in Ultra HD while wearing your pajamas and pausing to pee, I offer them this story:

As someone unconditionally and irrevocably in love with The Twilight Saga, I was sitting in the middle of a packed theater on opening night for New Moon, the second film in the franchise.

A quick glance around revealed there were zero empty seats, and exactly one occupied by a man. 

When Edward, the film’s hero, first appeared on the screen, the 99.9% female audience screamed, whooped, and applauded.

We whooped and applauded again when Jacob, Edward’s rival for Bella’s affection, appeared.

Now that we’d gotten that out of our systems, we settled in to watch normal girl Bella agonize over her choice between hunky vampire Edward and hunky werewolf Jacob.

Except the hollering wasn’t quite finished.

When Edward’s sister Alice appeared, the lone man in the theater whooped and cheered. 

It was good-natured ribbing, not cruel mocking, and the entire audience erupted into laughter.

I think of this every time I see any of the Twilight films.

Try having that experience alone in your underwear.

This is part of my Movies I’m Grateful For series, running daily through the month of November. 

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