Spend enough money for your kitchen equipment and ingredients, and why eat out anymore? Even if you suck at cooking, there are plenty of options for eating a variety of cuisine of decent quality at home.
You don't even have to spend that much on equipment or ingredients to get better food.
Here's why.... people get stir-crazy and want an experience
For dining out it makes more sense because you do not have to wash dishes, and SOMETIMES you get better food than you could have made yourself.
For movies there are no dishes to watch. The overall vastly negative experience of the theater, from absurdly high prices on everything to crowds to unwanted noise during the movie, mean that the "experience" is pretty much vastly better than what you can have at home with just a bit of effort in purchasing decent equipment (which you'll be using a lot anyway as most people make heavy use of the TV).
I personally am all about getting out and spending for quality experiences. But nothing about movies makes much sense to me in terms of experience so it makes a lot more sense to me to spend less on a movie at home than a theater, and save your time out for REAL experiences, like concerts or plays or whatever,
I'd probably be evicted from my apartment if I decided to get 'dat bass.
Headphones or one of these things
Not everyone lives in an apartment, a house is quite common if you are not in the bay area.