It has taken my son reaching an age where we can guarantee a day out without the risk of an ‘accident’ for me to rekindle my love affair with the cinema.
I can pinpoint the exact moment when the seeds of this relationship were sown – a birthday trip to see ‘Star Wars’ in 1977 – and I’ve been pretty much a regular ever sice.
I remember my wonderment as a nine-year-old as the screen came to life with characters such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and RD-D2 ... and how I welcomed them back time after time as the first episode I’d seen confusingly became number four in the series.
In the intervening years numerous films have similarly caught my imagination and, even if others haven’t quite lived up to the hype, going to the cinema has always been an occasion.
However, as any new parent will tell you, nights out are a rare event in those early years so my trips have become increasingly rare since Calum’s arrival in 2008.
Now, however, it’s a Saturday morning ritual as father and son scour the Movies for Juniors schedule and pick put the one to watch.
At £1 each it’s a real bargain ... and just 20 per cent of the price of our pick ’n’ mix!