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I think the thing with living in Los Angeles is the close proximity to the movie studios. I think they get a lot of movie stuff that the rest of us don’t. For instance, when we went to the Arclight for a movie, Kung Fu Panda was there!

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Jenn & Me with Kung Fu Panda

The Arclight also had movie memorabilia for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There was Barbosa’s costume, Jack’s costume, the peg leg and a few other items. The weapons were amusing to me because a few of them were totally fake! It’s amazing what artists can do with styrofoam and some paint!

The most we get in Orlando was a sneak preview showing of Julia & Julia. But then again, Disney has a lot of people come visit. Unfortunately, they’re always teeny boppers I have no interest in.

The great thing about the Arclight is that you can choose your seats! So no matter what time you get there, you will always have the seats that you want. Unlike here where you have to scramble for it. That’s why we always show up half an hour earlier to the theatre so that it doesn’t fill up.

When we went to see Xmen: First Class, I thought we’d gotten there way too early. But like five minutes later, all the seats were filled up, so maybe not so much. You wouldn’t have this problem with the Arclight!

And people are way more serious about movies in LA. We get people talking in ours all the time, but at the Arclight, total silence. Like you’d get beat up if you do talk.

And I enjoyed On Stranger Tides enough to buy Tim Powers’ book even though I know that there’s probably very little similarity between the two. I’ve only read the first chapter, but so far so good!

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The Plaza Cinema Cafe is a movie theater that opened up in downtown Orlando. It opened with a little bit of fanfare. The news covered it and several newspapers did too. The idea was that it was trying to help revitalize downtown, which is totally dead after hours.

The movie theater is a little bit unique because it serves food and drink. The seats are huge comfy chairs that have armrests large enough to hold a small pizza.

The movie prices are fairly normal for the area. $4.50 for matinees and $9.50 for evenings. But if you have the Buy Local Orlando card, your ticket will be half off. So you could watch a matinee for less than $3.00. They don’t have all the most recent movies, but they did have Transformers 2 opening weekend.

The theatre is also on the third floor of a building that has it’s own parking. So during those rainy days, you don’t even have to get wet. The theater will validate your parking for three hours, so no worries about that. And I believe the parking with validation on the weekends is free. We stayed a little too long once and didn’t have to pay.

The food is completely negligible. We ordered chicken satay (decent), a marguerite pizza (undercooked) and popcorn (stale). I wouldn’t suggest getting food there. For the price that we paid, we could have gotten a pretty good meal at a sit sown place.

If you order an iced tea or a large soft drink, refills are free. I believe it’s the same for the large popcorn too, but Chris and I never eat that much popcorn. We can maybe finish a small one between the two of us. So don’t go specifically for the food, but if you’re hungry while you’re there, you will have a huge list to choose from (including champagne and caviar for $90).

The only problem for us is that to get to the theater, between gas and tolls back and forth, it’s cheaper to go to my local theater when all is said and done.

However, if you’re already down that way to shop or to eat, then it is much more cost efficient.

It’s a really nice and clean place right now, but I don’t know for how long. When we went on the weekend, the place was totally dead. But then, all of downtown was totally dead. We asked the employees how well they were doing and they said that Fridays were their busiest nights. It makes sense since people could just go there after work. So maybe that will be good enough to keep them open.

But like most movie theater in this area, they eventually start looking and smelling a little run down. The only ones that keep their nice sheen seems to be the one at Universal. I hope that the theater lasts though and it doesn’t end up like an abandoned building. It’s always so sad to see empty commercial spaces, especially in downtown.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

The Enzian

Jan. 13th, 2008 05:00 pm
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Last night, a couple of us went to The Enzian, a small movie theatre in Winter Park. Instead of stadium seating, they had sofa chairs with tables that's more like a cafe. We had a party of 5 and their setup is mostly for 2's and 4's. They told us not to move any chairs or tables around if we had a party larger than 4. That setup makes it quite difficult to have a large group of friends come along. Luckily for us, or unluckily, there was a row of five comfy chairs down in front. And I do mean down in front. It was the second row. There was a row of four in front of us and behind us, and the rest were sofas. Nobody sat near us. Everyone got a seat at the tables behind us. Having sat up there though, I think those chair swith tables are much more comfortable to sit in for eating, but not so much for watching the movie. The comfy chairs that we were in were all facing forward. It's not so great for conversation, but really, who's talking during the movie anyway?

They served beer and wine as well as pizzas and sandwiches. We'd already eating dinner because we hadn't known if the food there was any good. So we ordered popcorn and dessert. Joanne ordered a hazelnut coffee gelato and I ordered a pomegranite sorbetto. And oh, did I like the sorbetto. It wasn't too sweet and it wasn't too tart. It's making my mouth water just thinking about it. The Enzian gets some of their things from local eateries near them. And if they weren't 45 minutes away, I'd probably go to the sorbetto place more often than I should. I'm not a big fan of any sort of frozen treats in general, but that sorbetto was quite addictive.

The Enzian usually plays indie films and last night they were playing Bladerunner: The Final Cut. It was good to see it on the big screen as I'd only ever seen it on television. I haven't seen any version of Bladerunner in so long that I can't really tell you the minute differences between the movies. All I remember was that there was one version that had a lot of talking and a version that didn't. And this version was also a non-talkie one.

But I tell you what. After the movie, as Joanne and I were in the bathroom, a woman in another stall overheard our conversation. Joanne had said something like, I see what you mean about not a lot of talking. And the woman in the stall started talking about the history of the movie, about the different versions, how she liked the first theatre release better, and how Ridley Scott didn't believe in happy endings. It would have been fine, except that she continued to talk and talk and talk while she was in the stall. We were trying to make a polite escape, but couldn't manage it. I was trying to end the conversation, but she continued to talk. So finally, when she there was a slight pause, I said thanks and we left, but I could still hear the woman talking in the stall. It was 12:30 a.m. and I just couldn't think of a good way to leave without leaving that lady hanging. And now that I write about it, I think that she might have had Asperger's Syndrome.

Overall, I liked the idea of The Enzian. Being able to eat gourmet foods while watching a movie is a great idea. It's not all that much more than going to a regular movie theatre in the evening. The movie was $11 per person, the sorbetto was $5.50, and the small popcorn (and I do mean small) was $4.50. I'd go there again if there was a movie I wanted to watch. And hey, they do have a film festival and surprisingly Anthony Bourdaine will be the guest there. I wonder if he's going to do a No Reservations episode here. I wonder what he'd find to eat here other than gator meat.

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Over the weekend, Chris and I went to see the Golden Compass, which I enjoyed, and Chris enjoyed making fun of. But he could see why children would like this movie and thus the novels. But I can see what most people were saying about its faults, one of which was how the heroine teetered between very clever and very stupid.

I'm hoping it makes enough money to try a sequel. I like seeing steampunk movies, however rare they may be. Or would we call this movie dustpunk?

The funny thing about watching this movie was that I kept wondering when oneo of the little boys would capture a fairy and ransom it for something. That never happened in the movie, of course, and for good reason. When I returned home, I went into the place where books sleep and found that the book I was thinking of wasn't the Golden Compass at all. It was Artemis Fowl. I'd mixed up my children's books. None of that surprised me though. I've been having Chris repeat things to me three seconds after he's told me, and again three seconds after he's told me again.

I'm having a difficult time retaining information. I blame it on lack of sleep because anything else would be quite frightening. I asked Chris if I remembered things better before I started working at my new job, because I've been feeling very tired since I started working.

He said no. I was never a good listener.

He said some other things too. But I don't know what it was. I'd already stopped listening.

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