Whatever the result, you have to pick something in advance, decide on the theater, and determine what time to go.
This leaves room for you to get excited. Will it be good? Are you going to hold hands? Put your arms around each other? Anticipation is such an important aspect of fun (and dating). Movie theaters build on all these points; which are just about nonexistent with the Netflix movie experience.
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.