Interesting thread, thanks Tsar. The first film I remember seeing was Mary Poppins, or Snow White. I was very little at the time.
The first foreign language film I saw at the cinema was a French film called Subway.
Documentary is a tricky one, in the 1970s a lot of British documentaries were played as supporting films, things like a day in the life of a coastguard officer, or a charitable cricket match by the Lord's Taverners, that sort of thing. The first actual documentary I chose to see at the cinema was Bowling For Columbine.
Independent film. Does Zulu
count? It was made by a film company called Diamond Films who don't even have their own Wiki page.
The Classic film is easy. Back in the early 80s one of the local cinema would do late night screenings on a Friday night after the pubs had closed. I saw Midnight Express.
About five minutes into the film someone passed me a spliff, and they kept coming. I was fairly pissed already having been in the pub all evening, and by the end of the film I was off my tits.
The last one is tricky, pretty much all the films I saw as a kid had some sort of support, sometimes just a Mickey Mouse, or an awful Disney, (non cartoon,) live action film that nobody would bother to see on its own. Then there was the documentary shorts as mentioned previously. Two films do stand out though. The first was some godawful film called Lost In The Desert,
about an Australian kid and his dog left in the desert after the bloke who flew them into the middle of the desert died suddenly. He gets rescued eventually but not until he's all blistered, his dog gives birth and the puppies die and he's blinded by some sort of spitting snake. I wanted to leave 5 minutes in, the main feature having finished but my little brother wanted to stay. It was really depressing.
The other film was actually very good, a comedy called Spot
starring Ron Moody and David Soul about a tramp who loses his pet dancing dog and how he gets it back, released under a different name in America.