I recently saw my first show at the Plaza Theatre Live in downtown Orlando, and absolutely loved this venue on Bumby Street.
The theater just reeks of character. It’s a converted movie theater from many years past, and has that comfortable nostalgic feel, yet is still a nice modern place to see a show.
On the night we were in attendance, we saw an acoustic solo artist, Jackie Bristow and the rock and roll of John Waite and his band. The sound was not pristine, but was definitely above average.
There’s not a bad seat in the house literally and figuratively. The seats are worn, but they’re large and comfortable, and the sight lines are excellent. There is a balcony, but it was closed on the evening we were in the house, so I can’t provide an opinion from the rafters. It is up there, so if you suffer from frequent nose bleeds beware…
They have a great beer selection. $6 for 16 oz and $9 for 24 oz seems over-priced, yet typical these days – but at least you are not sipping some crap like Bud Light. I had Longboard the night I was there, and the 6 beers on tap were very diverse. A nice bottled beer selection, too. The Plaza also serves wine – I don’t drink wine, so I have no idea if the selection was worth a damn, although I suspect it was, based on the fantastic beer choices.
- The bartenders were friendly and helpful, as was the rest of the staff.
- Tickets include a $5 service fee, which is always a bummer, but seems to be a bargain compared to other venues these days. And, you don’t have to deal with the evil Ticketmaster empire.
- Bathrooms were clean.
- Those of you still too weak to quit smoking have an area outside on the front patio.
- Parking? There’s plenty of it immediately surrounding the theater, and it is free, free, free…
Bottom line: I love the place, and I’ll be back.