Welcome. At a 7:15 p.m. screening of “Zola” at a Brooklyn movie theater on Sunday, there was at least one empty seat between each party. Masks were worn in the cinema’s lobby but quickly dispensed with once people had taken their seats. Otherwise, things were — and it’s hard to say this without ironic quotation marks — normal.
The part of normal that felt the most exceptional? Laughing with strangers. You could hear the laughter start with one person, others steadily joining in, almost as if given permission by their neighbors to let it out. I missed that communal, nearly collaborative, emotion. It’s convenient and comfortable to stream movies at home, but you’ll never get the experience of 100 people laughing or gasping or sitting together until the end of the credits.
I’d like to watch the new season of “I Think You Should Leave” in a group. James Poniewozik calls it “blisteringly funny” and the first season certainly was. Get some friends together if you feel comfortable doing so and stream it on Netflix.
Speaking of hotly anticipated shows, the trailer for the third season of “Succession” dropped yesterday. The show is returning to HBO in the fall.