Films often portray on the screen elements of our own inner world, with its fantasies, fears, trauma and passions. Looking at the screen is like looking at a mirror in which you see portrayed your own inner life and drama. Therefore the cinema can depict any of these aspects of yourself. A dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear.

Example: I’m watching a film or video taken from a helicopter, I suppose, of a city skyscraper all the way up to the roof where a singer – maybe an opera singer – is performing, singing to the sky in an evening dress. The “camera” passes over her and continues, showing the tops of other high buildings. Now I’m in a car on a hill – it’s night, been night all along – and I’m crying because I’m afraid to go up that high. I couldn’t do what the singer was doing. The person I’m with hugs and consoles me. Alta

Here Alta is meeting her own fears and recognises them as factors that limit how ‘high’ she can go in life.

Example: When I looked at the film it was a carnival going on in the street, people with gay clothing and crowds watching. Two girls were going to sit in an old model type car, but someone said it would be better if they sat on the back of the car as they could been seen in the parade. Then I was looking into the crowd to find me and it was like looking at a snapshot, it felt very important that I find me, I saw my green slacks just showing, right at the back of the crowd. H. K.

Here the main feature in the dream is the effort to ‘find me’. So the dreamer is watching the film in order to clarify their own self image, or find out who they are and how they relate to other people – the crowd. She was there, but at the back.

The cinema is sometimes a place of romance, of sexual contact, or fantasies about it.

Films enlarge the area of your experience, just as dreams do, so some dreams might use this image to suggest vicarious experience. Or else the horror films, and these feature in many dreams,having pu the idea of awful fears in people’s mind. But they are a good way to face ones own fears. See Facing Fear and Secrets of Power Dreaming


If we are lonely or depressed, we may read a book, go out with a friend or watch a film, stimulating feelings that displace the loneliness or despair. This ability to produce positive or different feelings is often seen in the dream process. By holding in mind an image connected with hope and love, feelings will be produced that will compensate in some measure for pain or depression we may be feeling. See Depression and Dreams

There are of course documentary films, and films that give you a new perspective on life and the world around young and the universe you live in. This type of film is a way your dream creator brings new experience and new perspectives to your awareness.

The cinema may also be a dream environment in which you can have an objective view of parts of your own personality – as if they were film characters. See: film.


Useful Questions and Hints:

What is the theme or the feelings in the film and how do they relate to me at the moment?

What is happening in the cinema, and can I find reference to that in my waking life?

Am I learning something from this film, and if so what?

See Plot of the DreamBeing the Person or ThingTechniques for Exploring your Dreams


-Nicky 2017-02-03 20:40:26

Hello. Last night I dreamt that I went to the cinema to watch the new upcoming Fifty Shades movie ( I don’t wish to watch this film in real life by the way ), only it was not like the real movie. The woman Anastasia Steele is in torment as Christian is made to go through all these devices that could torture him in various ways (I think my subconscious blocked the memory of the devices but I know that they were or could possibly be gruesome. ) and they could possibly hurt, paralyse or kill him. I think there was a timer on some of the machines. Sometimes I was watching the film on the screen, other times I became Ana wishing that I could help Christian and wondering if it was worth putting myself through all this heartache to be with him. Other times I became Christian trying to get out of the machines ( I think at one point my feet were singed and burned as I was running off this high up torture device). Eventually, I came back to myself watching the film and decided that it was no longer worth watching the film as it was too awful and left the cinema whilst the movie was still playing, commenting how awful and disturbing the film was to someone in the cinema before I left. What on earth does this mean ? Thanks

-google 2016-11-09 23:48:00

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-Ashley 2015-03-18 4:55:30

I’ve now dreamt twice of being in a movie theatre where I am the only one there&the first dream, where the screen would be, it’s a beach&I’m worrying about the tide rising…the second dream, which I might add is now about a yr. apart from the other, there’s just no screen&again, I’m alone..there’s other aspects to this dream that I’d rather not mention….but I’m just curious about the theater being empty&why the theater is really not a theater at all?

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