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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:

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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.

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Comments

  • Watch Me Eat
    Sunday, 12 July 2009

    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.

  • akeorlando
    Sunday, 12 July 2009

    @Watch Me Eat Is that three hours after the ticket purchase time? Or three hours after the movie ends?

    Do you just show your ticket when you’re leaving the garage?

  • Watch Me Eat
    Friday, 10 July 2009

    @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.

  • akeorlando
    Friday, 10 July 2009

    @Kathyrn According to Watch Me Eat (the first commenter on this post) the theater does validate parking.

  • Kathryn Stelljes
    Friday, 10 July 2009

    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?

  • akeorlando
    Monday, 6 July 2009

    @Alicia Yup…totally agreed! If I didn’t both live and work downtown, I’m sure it would be more of an effort for me.

  • Alicia
    Monday, 6 July 2009

    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.

  • akeorlando
    Saturday, 4 July 2009

    @Anne How can you go wrong with beer & recliners?! You’ll have to let us know what you think when you check-it-out!

  • Anne
    Friday, 3 July 2009

    Ooooh beer, recliners, and movies. Sounds awesome and cheap with the buy local card. I am going to have to check it out.

  • akeorlando
    Wednesday, 1 July 2009

    @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.

  • akeorlando
    Wednesday, 1 July 2009

    @Miss Britt Oh, you’re plenty hip! LOL!

  • Tasty Chomps
    Wednesday, 1 July 2009

    i think i will go get something to eat and then see a movie there maybe bento cafe haha … they need a better ad campaign for the movie theatre tho…

  • Miss Britt
    Monday, 29 June 2009

    I really want to go to this. My life is decidedly lacking in hip.

  • akeorlando
    Monday, 29 June 2009

    @Tasty Chomps You definitely should…and form your own opinion.

  • Tasty Chomps
    Monday, 29 June 2009

    i still want to check it out tho lol! thanks for the review

  • Tasty Chomps
    Monday, 29 June 2009

    there was an article about the plaza cinema cafe today in the sentinal
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-asecplaza-cinema-cafe-problems-0062909jun29,0,2714605.story

    not too good

  • akeorlando
    Sunday, 28 June 2009

    @Kim Skeptical? Por que?

  • Kim
    Sunday, 28 June 2009

    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.

  • akeorlando
    Saturday, 27 June 2009

    @Watch Me Eat I didn’t realize they validate parking. Cool! (I work downtown so I just stayed parked at work.)

    Isn’t $4.50 the matinee ticket all the time?

  • Watch Me Eat
    Saturday, 27 June 2009

    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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