I recently found a way to fuse a couple of my hobbies: movie-watching and drawing. For years, I’ve collected ticket stubs from all the movies I’ve seen, and after joining the AMC Stubs A-List program last year, the number has quickly added up. Collecting stubs was kind of a sentimental yet aimless hobby since I never did anything with them but shove them haphazardly in random drawers.
A few weeks ago, though, I saw someone online share a scrapbook of the tickets they’d collected over the years, and I instantly felt inspired. A few days later, I was on my way to Hobby Lobby to pick up an arsenal of pages, stickers and markers. Hats off to those who go all-out with their scrapbooking techniques, but I decided to stick with simple pages for now, gluing down stubs and drawing freehand illustrations of characters or symbols from some of the movies.
The oldest ticket I have is 2014’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” but I know for a fact I started collecting them from about 2012. I didn’t keep those well, however, so they’re sadly either lost or completely illegible.
It’s funny when you can tell when I joined AMC’s A-List program because the frequency I went to the movies skyrocketed after that time. This is definitely not meant to be a spiel, but if you aren’t aware, members pay a flat monthly fee, which allows them to see three movies a week with no additional cost.
Since I joined in late June last year, I’ve seen 77 movies in the theater. I did some fun calculating and that translates to 153 hours of movies, or about six days worth. This time doesn’t include trailers, nor the movies I sometimes watch at home.
I know it’s a lot, and not all of the films are hits, but to me, it’s enjoyable to see stories come to life, and I appreciate the talent and behind-the-scenes work it takes to get to the final product.
My scrapbooking efforts also have given me the chance to remember the fun moments surrounding my movie-going experiences.
Like the time my boyfriend and I shared our first kiss (or rather a bashful and overly wet peck) after seeing “Godzilla” (2014).
Or when I snuck a personal pizza into “A Quiet Place” (2018) and didn’t touch it once because it was literally too quiet (shocker, I know), and I was afraid everyone would hear me chow down. To its credit, that screening had one of the best audiences I’ve been a part of because the room was pretty full and you could still probably hear a pin drop the entire time.
More recently, a great moment was when I saw “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) on opening night and we all collectively lost our minds when (SPOILER) Captain America wields Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, during the final fight and summons lighting to thrash Thanos (END SPOILER). I typically hate when people loudly respond to what’s going on on screen, but I admit I found myself eagerly clapping, too. It’s times like those — even if only for a split second — when you just feel a cozy bond with the other people around you as you revel in the awesomeness of what you’ve just witnessed.
Putting this scrapbook together has been a personal challenge, and I’m sure I’ll be watching new movies faster than I can keep up, but so far, it’s been a lot of fun making time for things that spark joy.