Plaza Cinema Cafe

UPDATE: 12/26, 1:25pm EST: (via Twitter) The Plaza Cinema Café is OPEN and UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!

** Update: The Plaza Cinema Cafe has Closed. According to the Sentinel‘s story, they hope to have new management in place and re-open by Christmas Day … here’s hoping!**

Orlando Steps Into the Realm of a Major City…Kinda.

Last week I finally go the chance to visit downtown Orlando’s newest attraction, the Plaza Cinema Cafe. I’d heard many things about the theaters–both good and bad–so of course I brought my camera along to document the experience. Here’s what I found:







Yes, that’s a full bar! There are two, and as far as I know no children are allowed. Plush leather seats and gathering areas throughout the entire venue, the Plaza Cinema Cafe is definitely catering to a specific audience.

The Good

  • It’s downtown
  • It’s sheik
  • It’s new
  • It’s hip
  • It’s affordable
  • There’s food
  • There’s beer
  • The seats are amazing (wide, reclining, leather seats)

The Not-So-Good

  • Food still needs some work (my friend wasn’t really that pleased with her pizza)
  • You have to park in a garage (unless you live or work downtown)
  • They’re not showing all the most current movies (an insider tells me this has to do with licensing)
  • It’s a bit small; doesn’t seem like it’d accommodate large crowds

All-in-all I’m really stoked about this downtown Orlando movie theater, and am looking forward to seeing more movies there.

20 thoughts on “Plaza Cinema Cafe

  1. I’m not exactly positive. It was either 3 hours from when you got the ticket pulling into the garage or 3 hours from when the movie theater scanned your ticket. The garage had an automatic pay system so when leaving you just stuck the ticket into the scanner.

  2. @Kathyrn If I remember correctly, they validate the ticket for up to 3 hours. I know some of the restaurants in the Plaza (at least Bento Cafe) also validate parking if you eat there.

  3. I still have not made it to the theater just yet. I am a huge advocate for anything new and cool Downtown – but that parking garage is soooo expensive! Saw a movie last weekend but opted for Winter Park Regal because isn’t $10 for a movie enough? Any word about parking validation?

  4. I thought of going there on Friday night, but yahoo didn’t list the movie times for this theater. I didn’t want to waste time trying to find out where they had listings so I chose one of my regular theaters. Sounds like they still have some work to do before it will become a “must” theater.

  5. @Tasty Chomps Yeah, I think they’ll get “there” eventually – just takes time.

    I did a post on Bento a while back. Not my favorite Japanese place but it’d decent.

  6. Interesting, Ashley. I attended the FPRA lunch the other day which featured the PR team and Realty company behind the theater … I am skeptical, but I look forward to checking it out.

  7. I saw Pelham 123 on it’s opening day, so they do get at least some new movies. I kind of like the fact that they play a few old movies though. Also, what’s wrong with parking in the garage if they validate the parking tickets?

    You can’t beat their $4.50 ticket price though with the Buy Local Orlando card…

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