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The reason why you shouldn't see a movie here at 1:00 A.M. truly scared me

Evie M.
The Enzian Theater in Maitland, FloridaPhoto byChad Miller on Flickr

When I was a kid, no matter how much the story terrified me, I had a thing for scary stories. My favorite author is R. L. Stine. I’ve seen every “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” despite the constant nightmares. Somehow I convinced my mom to let me watch The Exorcist alone as a ten-year-old, but first, I had to watch “Rosemary’s Baby” according to my mom. I remember watching movies like the Omega Man and the original War of the Worlds so often I remember them almost more than Disney. 

My love of the spooky bled over into my adult life, too. I’ve spent years doing haunts and watching pretty much any movie I can find. My point in telling you all of this is, it’s sadly hard to scare me these days. This story did. So We’re going to talk about it. You probably have actually heard about this haunt before as it’s relatively well known. Or at the very least you’ve heard of the theater, as it’s still operational today, surviving a long past. 

At 1300 Orlando Avenue in Maitland, Florida, Tina Tiedtke and her family founded the Enzian Theater back in 1985. The theater was a pioneer in its field and a trendsetter when it stopped showing classic films and started showing first-release independent films. Over time, the Enzian Theater became known as the go-to for breaking entertainment and upcoming films not just in Florida but all over the country.

Today, you can still go see a show (if you Google it right now, you can see that there are two showtimes for today so we could assume that there is at least one showing a day). With delicious dining, a stunning venue, and world-class fresh film, it’s easy to see where the Enzian theater is a staple in the Gainesville and surrounding Orlando Community, if not all of Florida.

The Enzian doesn’t come without its fair share of stories, though. Apparently, this little theater is super haunted, and it’s not smart to see a movie here after 1:00 a.m. Honestly, when I read that, it really scared me. Which means I know the story is going to be amazing. So let’s get to it.

According to multiple reports and stories that have been cataloged, a “recurring ghost” haunts the theater. But not just any ghosts. The ghost is the disembodied head of a woman that floats from the quote Main theater room starting at the North corner of the theater then floats around the room screaming at the top of her lungs before heading to the restaurant next door, Nicole St Pierre. 

The reports state this only happens on “moonless nights at 1:00 a.m.” To make this haunting only scarier, it is said not much is not about the ghost other than the speculation that she lived in this building a long time ago and that her love of the building has kept her here.

Maybe I’m just feeling mischievous lately, but I think this is going to have to go on my “definitely try” list. especially saying that it’s only about a 15-minute drive from Orlando.

My only question is: who’s coming to the movies with me?

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