It's Friday night. You're out of work, looking for a relaxing night with your significant other. Where do you go?
According to votes on a poll last week submitted by Manseydoll the answer to that question is not necessarily obvious. While the cinema remains a viable options for many looking to spend a fun evening, a slight majority of respondents (52 percent) actually prefer going to the theatre with all conditions being equal and money not being an issue.
There are a number of reasons for this surprising result. One, our poll was taken after a disappointing summer at the movies, where American blockbusters like Hercules and The Maze Runner tanked while their domestic counterparts like Grace of Monaco didn't fare much better. Fatigue with the ever-growing number of superhero, science fiction and teen flick themes may have pushed a growing audience to the theatre.
There is also the difference in culture between the two options. Movies are often seen as a low-culture option, a date venue for teenagers rather than an exciting evening for professionals looking to relax. Theatre, on the other hand, brings with it something you can tell your co-workers about on Monday.
That's especially the case considering some of cinema's greatest stars, ranging from Sir Ian McKellen to Elijah Wood, continue to dabble in stage acting. The man behind Gandalf certainly seems a lot more approachable and human on stage than he does on the big screen.
Whatever the reason, our poll shows that reports of theatre's demise are greatly exaggerated. It remains a viable option for England's public, and as such will remain an important consideration for anyone looking for a fun evening.
Let us know what you think!