Orlando-area theaters offer alternative movie experience
While streaming movies from home is popular, some unique movie theaters in and around Central Florida are worth leaving home for without breaking the bank.
"I wish there were more theaters that weren't chain corporations because then pricing would be more competitive. Theaters have become less of something to do, and more of an attraction, like theme parks," senior film major Dominic Quiros said.
Classic drive-in movie theaters could be considered rare, but the Silver Moon Drive-In Theater is located in Lakeland, plays newly released movies and offers a snack bar. The theater opened more than 60 years ago and is the last one left in Polk County.
For those looking for a more affordable alternative to going to the movie theater, this is the way to go. It might be a bit of a drive, but tickets are $1 for ages four to nine, and $5 for ages 10 and older.
While tickets are about the same price as an AMC or Regal, another alternative is the Enzian, located in Maitland. Enzian is a movie theater that plays newly released and older movies in a homier environment than a typical in a typical chain theater.
"Enzian has more of a home vibe. We are the movie theater with a heart, and hospitality. Our theater is not like your average theater. Instead of theater rows, we offer comfortable chairs and tables where you can order food, beer or wine while you relax and watch the film," Enzian Events Coordinator Veronica Jaramillo said.
One room where the movie is played is filled with chairs and a table top, and an outside bar and seating area. The outside bar and seating area is surrounded with greenery and makes a perfect date night. The theater offers a lunch, dinner and theater menu, with a beer, wine, cocktail and happy hour menu. Guests can eat and drink outside before and during the movie.
"We are nestled under beautiful landscape and have a lovely outdoor bar where you can get some of Orlando's best craft cocktails and food," Jaramillo said.
The theater offers weekly specials. Every Wednesday, there is a free outdoor movie on the lawn for the Wednesday Night Pitcher Show. Before the movie, there is Jell-O shot movie trivia. On the second Saturday of every month, the Enzian plays a matinee classic.
For completely free movie options, grab chairs and blankets for Lake Eola's Movieola and Winter Park's Popcorn Flicks, a showing of family-friendly movies in both Lake Eola and Central Park throughout the summer. Food will be available for purchase. The schedule of what they will be showing can be found online.
Bridgette Norris is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @blogginbridge or email her at BridgetteN@CentralFloridaFuture.com.