Enzian Theater in Maitland wants to add a second screening room without building an addition to the popular cinema. The request is scaled down from previous effort that would have expanded the building’s footprint and seating capacity.
Plans for the independent theater, founded in 1985, will go before the Maitland City Council on Feb. 10th requesting a minor modification to its current Planned Development zoning.
Board Chairman Allan Keen told GrowthSpotter the request allows the theater to undergo interior renovations that would include expanding and upgrading the restrooms and kitchen, improving and increasing the handicapped parking, adding a weather canopy and creating an intimate 50-seat second screen from space within the existing theater auditorium, with no increase of the overall seat count of 250.
According to plans submitted before an earlier Development Review Committee meeting, the theater was also looking to add an exterior staircase for staff-only access to offices, as well as a covered walkway.
At the meeting, a motion was made to deny the request on the basis that there was “insufficient evidence to determine that the proposed change would not potentially have an adverse impact on the surrounding residential properties,” city records say.
Maitland spokesman Robert Sargent said the applicant must now follow a standard review process that involves approvals from the Planning and Zoning Board and the City Council, in which the applicant will ask council members to allow staff approval.
In 2018, the theater came close to pushing forward a larger, more costly 15,000-square-foot expansion, originally announced in 2013. But, according to the Orlando Sentinel, those plans never materialized after a former neighboring property owner, who previously committed nearly 100 additional parking spaces, sold its property.