My love for movies knows no bounds. And it’s not limited to distance, either. My vehicle’s mileage is composed of work commutes and distances between home and the movie theater. While movie audiences are opting for at-home streaming options, I personally prefer seeing a movie on the big screen, even if it means traveling more than 50 miles to do so.

While there is a good number of cinemas and drive-ins in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the selection of movies in the theaters can be limited. For example, Oscar winner “Moonlight” did not make it to Wilkes-Barre or Hazleton. For arthouse films, one must wait for a film festival at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock or travel to East Stroudsburg to Pocono Cinema and Cultural Center to see them. Maybe the F.M. Kirby Center will screen some during its W. Curtis Montz Film Series, but often they are shown months after it has been out on Netflix.

The marquee of the Westhampton Theater in Richmond, Va., in 2005. (Tamara Dunn/Times-Shamrock)

The marquee of the Westhampton Theater in Richmond, Va., in 2005. (Tamara Dunn/Times-Shamrock)

While some may travel to Philadelphia to see a live Phillies game, I travel to Philadelphia to see an independent film. Sure, I run the risk of later seeing it on Amazon or HBO, but film travel is what I like to do.

I recently took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love to see two Oscar-nominated films right after the telecast – the James Baldwin documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and winning Iranian film “The Salesman” – at Ritz V. It’s always nice to visit a theater that is new to me.

Excluding film festivals, here are some of the movies I’ve traveled a great distance to see and why I did so.

"American Beauty" (Dreamworks)

“American Beauty” (DreamWorks)

American Beauty” (1999)

Distance: 92 miles

Was it worth it: YES

During my sophomore year in college in the fall 1999, I won a ticket for a sneak peek to the Kevin Spacey-starring dramedy. I had read an early draft of the script months earlier, and I was very excited to see it. Back then, I wasn’t sure if it would screen in my college town, so I took my free ticket and traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to see the movie that would later win the best picture Oscar. I see it again two weeks later at a Winston-Salem theater and again three months later at an on-campus screening. It was also one of the earliest films I reviewed for a publication.

"Layer Cake" (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Layer Cake” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Layer Cake” (2004)

Distance: 29 miles

Was it worth it: Kinda

The British crime caper stars Daniel Craig as XXXX, a drug dealer on the verge of retirement when things get hairy with the mob. In 2005, I traveled from my home in Petersburg, Virginia, to Richmond to see it after it was announced that Craig would be the next James Bond. Being a Bond fan, I wanted to know if Craig could fill in those shoes. The film was not bad, proving that Craig was more than capable of playing the iconic spy. Now, driving 30 miles to see a movie is child’s play for me.

"The Deep Blue Sea" (Music Box Films)

“The Deep Blue Sea” (Music Box Films)

The Deep Blue Sea” (2011)

Distance: 118 miles

Was it worth it: Sure

I visited Montclair, New Jersey, in the spring of 2012 for a Regina Spektor concert, but I wanted the chance to visit a new movie theater. For the day trip, I made sure that I had enough time to catch an early screening of “The Deep Blue Sea” starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. The intimate film adaptation of the beloved play was like taking a tea break on a spring day. It was relaxing, subdued and buoyed by strong performances by Weisz and Hiddleston.

"Ginger & Rosa" (A24)

“Ginger & Rosa” (A24)

Ginger & Rosa” (2012)

Distance: 60 miles

Was it worth it: Meh

This was my first visit to East Stroudsburg in spring 2013 to watch a movie, and unfortunately I had a migraine as I was traveling. I was glad, however, that “Ginger & Rosa,” a teen drama starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Alice Englert, was not a flashy, effect-heavy affair. It was the first time that I saw Fanning in a serious role besides “Somewhere.” I questioned why I bothered to make the trip while being ill, and while the film was good, I wished I had waited to watch it on Netflix.

"Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Still Alice” (Sony Pictures Classics)

"Two Days, One Night" (Sundance Selects)

“Two Days, One Night” (Sundance Selects)

Still Alice” and “Two Days, One Night” (2014)

Distance: 118 miles

Was it worth it: Absolutely

It was two weeks before the 2015 Academy Award telecast and I had to watch all the Oscar-nominated performances before the first award was handed out. That year, I had seen all the best picture nominees in local theaters, but not all the acting ones. Plus, not all of them played in Northeastern Pennsylvania. That meant a trip back to Montclair to see Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard do what they do best. After seeing “Still Alice” and “Two Days, One Night,” that day, I was sure that Moore would win the Oscar, and she would do so days later. It was the best performance I had seen her in. Cotillard also performed well, but she had done better in other films. “Still Alice” would later screen in Moosic for about two weeks following the Oscars.

"What We Do in the Shadows" (The Orchard)

“What We Do in the Shadows” (The Orchard)

What We Do in the Shadows” (2015)

Distance: 135 miles

Was it worth it: Haven’t stop laughing since

It was another spring day, and I needed a quick trip and a change of scenery to get me out of my funk. I drove to Ithaca, New York, for two reasons – to find a Tibetan singing bowl for meditation and to see “What We Do in the Shadows.” Boy, did this outrageous, vampire romp lift my spirits. I could not stop thinking about the laughs Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and crew delivered in this “Real World” meets Mario Bava-style riot. That was a nice trip.

"Elle" (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Elle” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Elle” (2015)

Distance: 89 miles

Was it worth it: Not really

What happens when you live in an area without an arthouse and you have only one day to watch an Oscar-nominated flick? You travel to Binghamton, New York. I made the trek in the middle of a snowstorm in January this year to catch Isabella Huppert’s tour-de-force performance in “Elle.” Like with Moore and Cotillard, I had to see all the nominated performances before the Oscar telecast, and in this case, a change in home-video release dates caused me to take on Interstate 81 with dozens of tractor-trailers as snow and ice covered the roads. It wasn’t an entertaining film given the trigger points of rape and abuse, and the trip itself felt like a waste. There were projection mishaps in the theater, and I was the only person in attendance.

"I Am Not Your Negro" (Magnolia Pictures)

“I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia Pictures)

"The Salesman" (Amazon)

“The Salesman” (Amazon)

I Am Not Your Negro” and “The Salesman” (2016)

Distance: 123 miles

Was it worth it: Yes, but I should have waited

I have been on a documentary kick in the last three years and have tried to watch more of them in the theaters. “I Am Not Your Negro” seemed like one of the most relevant documentaries out there with the rise of Black Lives Matter, civil rights cinema and #OscarsSoWhite. I enjoyed the unconventional storytelling, using Baldwin’s words to tell his story instead of the usual talking heads that documentaries have, and I liked how Baldwin’s position as a writer and an activist contrasted with the styles of his mentees Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Asghar Farhadi is an exciting filmmaker and has increased my interest in Iranian films with his second Oscar-winning film “The Salesman.” I strongly believed that it would have been a more violent tale if a Western director had his or her hands on it, but I really liked the film. However, I traveled to Philadelphia to see both films only to find that they would be a part of the upcoming spring film festival at the Dietrich. Factoring in parking, tolls and the price of admission, I should have waited to see if the Dietrich would screen both films. Yet, I don’t regret taking the Philly trip.