And once in the dark, you've got all kinds of other things to think about even if the movie sucks. Especially if you're in a renovated theater with reclining seats and armrests that go up.
The food is way more fun than at a restaurant
One of the best aspects of going to the movies (and of life in general) is the food. And by food, I mean snacks!
Movie theaters exist to fill every gluttonous, guilty pleasure you have: oversized plastic cups filled with multiple liters of soda, processed sugars of every shape and color, dangerously high sodium contents and fake butter and nearly artificial cheese everywhere you look.
So go ahead: Treat yourself to an ICEE, a box of peanut M&M's, Twizzlers, a "medium" Coke, and classic buttery popcorn. Student loans can wait.
Going to the movies is the epitome of quiet quality time
The best part about going to the movies is the extended amount of time you spend sitting next to your date in silence. Silence, because you are both kind individuals who would never ruin another person's movie outing. But you are also experiencing something together; escaping to the same place. You may find yourself laughing in unison, or sheepishly wiping away tears at the same moment. Reactions to movies are great markers of compatibility.