By Yasmene Warren
Calling all film junkies and cult classic fans! There’s a hidden gem nested in the city of Maitland that has just about everything a true film lover could ask for, and it’s called the Enzian Theater.
What is the Enzian Theater?
The Enzian Theater is an independent cinema located in Maitland on Orlando Avenue. According to its website, it is the only full-time cinema in Central Florida, and serves as a single-screen cinema café. Unlike other theaters, it primarily only shows independent and foreign films.
The theater is also home to the Eden Bar for a bite to eat, and special events such as the Florida Film Festival, which just ended and took place from April 14 to April 23.
The box office is open daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Eden Bar is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Dining at the Eden Bar
Once you get done viewing the latest independent films or a timeless cult classic, you can walk on over to Eden Bar, which sits just to the right of the box office. The best part about an on-site bar at the cinema is that you can order food and drinks to enjoy during your movie!
For starters, you can order cinema favorites such as Enzian popcorn or kettle corn, fries, ultimate nachos, or chips and salsa. If you want some untraditional theater foods, you can also get edamame, truffle parmesan fries, a loaded chicken quesadilla, sweet and spicy fried shrimp and more.
At Eden, there’s also a soup and salad section where you can order soups like tomato cream soup, minestrone soup, or beef chili, and salads like the house salad, a Caesar salad with or without chicken, a fried chicken salad, and a caprese salad.
As for sandwiches, you can order a turkey panini, grilled chicken melt, black bean burger, a chicken salad croissant and more. Each sandwich is served with your choice of soup, fries, mac & cheese, or a side house salad. Eden also serves flatbreads, such as cheese, “fantastic fungi,” pepperoni and pear prosciutto, among others.
Once you’ve finished stuffing your face with all the good stuff, Eden also has plenty of sweet treats to offer as well. For dessert, you can order chocolate chip cookies, the ice cream of the day, white chocolate bread pudding or mini donuts.
Drinks at the Eden Bar
Because Eden is a bar, you better believe there are drinks to go around. Eden offers drink specials daily, including:
- Monday - it's “all day Yappy Hour” where you can bring your fuzzy friends with you to wine and dine. During Yappy Hour, you can get $5 Tito’s single mixers, $3 Yuengling Draft, or $6 whiskey sours.
- Tuesday - “Tiki Tuesdays” means $1 off the entire cocktail menu.
- Wednesday - “Happy Hump Day” includes $6 Espolon margaritas and $9 premium Don Julio margaritas.
- Thursday - it’s time to “Wine Down, Baby” and order the $4 house wines.
- Friday - you’ll “Thank God” where you can order a $6 old fashioned, a $8 wildflower cocktail, a $6 Crown Royal, and a $6 bulleit bourbon and bulleit rye.
- Saturday - where they’re asking “How you feelin’?” and offering a $6 Smirnoff Bloody Mary, $5 double mimosa, a $5 Captain Morgan spiced rum, and a $6 Jameson.
- Sunday - it’s time to “party on!” and order a $6 Smirnoff Bloody Mary and $5 double mimosas.
Films at the Enzian
Because Enzian Theater isn’t a regular cinema, don’t expect to waltz in and get tickets to Hollywood’s hottest new film. Enzian prides itself on showcasing independent films made by filmmakers who haven’t quite made it to Hollywood yet.
Click here to view what's playing this upcoming month, include The Nutty Professor, Polite Society, and more at Enzian.
Enzian Theater is genuinely the perfect place for movie lovers and locals alike to come together and share amazing experiences with one another.
Cozy yourself up in the warm chair or booth, and snack on the messiest ultimate nachos you can get your hands on in Orlando.
If you love watching films but are looking for something outside of the traditional theater, then the Enzian is the perfect place to go. Not only does it focus on showing cult classics and indie films, but it hosts festivals to give up and coming filmmakers a chance to see themselves on the big screen. Next time you’re strolling down Orlando Avenue, be sure to stop by and see what’s showing at the Enzian Theater.
Maitland is a city located within Orange County that has a community filled with rich history, nature, art and friendly neighborhoods. It is a short distance from Seminole County, as well as Winter Park. Although it’s a relatively quiet suburb, it is constantly growing and developing, making it the perfect spot for families to move for a fresh start.
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