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Orlando has the usual quota of mall-based multiplex movie theaters offering the latest Hollywood entertainment. The typical admission price is about $7.50 to $8.50 for adults. Some theaters have lower prices ($3.75 to $5) for all showings prior to 5:00 p.m. or for one late afternoon screening each day.

The Park Theatres (407) 644-6000, in Winter Park, and the Colonial Promenade 6 (407) 888-8224, in east Orlando on Colonial Drive, show slightly older films for $1 to $2.50. The “Calendar” section in Friday’s Orlando Sentinel lists the show times of every movie showing in the greater Orlando area (which extends to the Atlantic coast) along with helpful capsule reviews.

One local film venue deserves special mention. The Enzian Theater (1300 South Orlando Avenue in nearby Maitland, (407) 629-0054, www.enzian.org), is the local art house. It shows subtitled European imports and the more adventuresome independent American films. From time to time, it runs special series built around a specific theme. Best of all, the films are screened in a 225-seat movie theater-restaurant. You can have a full meal, washed down with beer or wine, while soaking up culture. They serve up appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas with a variety of toppings. Beer is sold by the pitcher as well as by the glass. A very filling meal can be had for less than $20 per person. Tickets are $6 for matinees (before 6:00 p.m.) and $8 for evening performances.

In March or April of each year, the Enzian hosts the Florida Film Festival, screening as many as 150 films in four venues. Many filmmakers journey to Orlando for the event and give seminars. Single tickets are $9 with discounts available when you buy packs of 20 tickets. Two shorter festivals are held in June (the three-day South Asian Film Festival) and in November (the two-day Central Florida Jewish Film Festival).

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