Possible Expansion of Enzian Theater Bringing Positives

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Art house fans in Orlando could soon have a reason to like the Enzian Theater even more. The independent theater in Maitland has announced its intention to expand its current one-screen theater to three total screens by 2015.

Enzian president Henry Maldonado said the theater would break ground on the expansion plan at next year’s Florida Film Festival, which runs in April. The goal would be for the expansion to be completed by the 2015 Florida Film Festival.

“The plan is to run as is; there should be very limited disruption,” said Maldonado at Valencia College’s West Campus. “The theater will still function. The Eden Bar, which is outside, will still function.”

The theater estimates the expansion would cost around $6 million, of which they have already received about a third of that from membership and “outside philanthropy,” said Maldonado.

Maldonado said the theater would operate all three screens during heavy weeks, including the Florida Film Festival.

Orlando film expert Chris Crespo said the possible expansion would be a huge positive for the theater and their role in the Florida Film Festival.

“The additional screen allows for the Enzian to host more screenings and events at their theater, as opposed to how they have to farm screenings out to other theaters,” said Crespo.

Maldonado said the two new screens would seat around 60 and 80 patrons, where the current screen seats 210 patrons.

Crespo said to expect the theater to stay true to their independent roots by not showing mainstream movies. He said to expect the theater to show more “cult classic”-type of movies, which will help get people to the theater during non-event weeks.

Maldonado sees the expansion as an opportunity for the theater to put their brand out there more frequently.

The two biggest obstacles in the expansion plan are parking, and to ultimately get an approval from the city of Maitland.

“Parking is our biggest problem,” said Maldonado. “We don’t have a big enough piece of land to offer more parking without demolishing everything on the property, which we don’t want to do.”

The other obstacle in the expansion is getting approval from the city. Maldonado said when large projects like this are proposed, a sound parking plan usually comes with it, but this plan isn’t the case.

“We’ll be able to increase our spaces a small amount without touching the oak trees. We’ll bring in valet services,” said Elizabeth Tiedtke, Enzian’s vice president.

“Officials from the city of Maitland have been very supportive of Enzian in the past so we hope that support continues,” said Maldonado.

“Extreme Couponing” Can Be Addicting

The art of “extreme couponing” may often be classified as a way to save money, but one woman described it as an addiction.

The phrase was first coined in an article in 2010 by the Wall Street Journal, and was later magnified on TLC’s hit TV show, “Extreme Couponing.”

Rhonda Smith said it was the show that first turned her on to extreme couponing. “I heard a lot of people talking about the show, so I decided to check it out one night,” said Smith.

Smith said extreme couponing is an addiction because it’s a contest between her and her friends to see who can save the most money. Smith was one of about a dozen people who attended the Savvy Savers meeting at the West Oaks Public Library on Nov. 2. The once-a-month meeting allows other consumers to gather and share their own secrets and tricks of the trade.

Kathy Boyle coordinates the meeting each month through the library, which usually draws between 10 and 12 people.

After Boyle speaks to the attendees, they’ll start going through various newspapers searching for coupons. She added that the demographic for the meeting is typically older, but did say that some high school girls attended for a few months in a row.

“We actually saw these two high school girls come in here for about three months in a row,” said Boyle. “They were only interested in cosmetic supplies.”

Boyle agreed with Smith’s statement that extreme couponing can be addicting. She said she has heard of people subscribing to three different Sunday newspapers just for the coupons alone. The Sunday print coupons are just as strong as they have ever been, despite more and more companies electing to post coupons online.

The majority of those in the meeting said they aren’t necessarily looking for any one particular deal, just anything that will save them money. Boyle said she has made a successful grocery store trip when she saved at least half of her bill.

Another woman once bought 10 pounds of pork roast for $1.

“Sometimes the best time to buy meat is right before the ‘sell by’ date on the package,” Sue Cannon said, adding that the closer the meat gets to its sell by date, the cheaper it’ll be. Cannon said meat will often be buy one get one free.

Cannon was able to get her 10 pounds of pork roast for so cheap because of the buy one get one free offer. She combined that offer with another coupon she got off of a wine bottle.

“I definitely couldn’t wait until the next meeting to share that deal with everyone else,” Cannon said. “If there was an award given for best deal, I think I would have won it.”

Professor of Political Science Cautions United States if no Military Action in Syria

WINTER PARK, Fla. — An associate professor of political sciences at the University of Central Florida expressed concern should the United States withhold military action in Syria.

Speaking at the Winter Park Library on Sept. 14, Dr. Houman Sadri cautioned those in attendance that “the implication of not acting is worse than anything else.”

“Never underestimate dictators,” Sadri said, referencing Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

No military action in Syria could make the U.S. appear weak to those countries in the Middle East and could leave the country vulnerable for an attack. Sadri said that should Syria decide to attack the U.S., parts of Iran and Saudi Arabia could join forces with them.

A report from the United Nations released on Monday suggested that Assad was responsible for the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Capitol last month that left at least 1,400 people dead.

Sadri said there will most likely be no repercussions against Syria should the U.N. find that they carried out crimes against humanity.

There are 15 members of the United Nations Security Council, including five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Only one veto from a permanent member is needed to veto any potential use of military force.

Sadri named Russia and China as members that would likely veto any such draft.

One member of the audience didn’t agree with a potential decision to use military force. “We [the U.S.] are currently trying to end one war,” Marcel Agredo said. “We don’t need to start another one.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to a series of guidelines Syria must abide by to rid the country of their chemical weapons.

Under terms of the deal, Syria must submit a comprehensive list of all of their chemical weapons within a week, and should they not abide by the deadline, “the United States is prepared to act,” President Obama said.

Another member of the audience agreed with a potential U.S. strike. “I don’t like the idea of war, but I think it’s necessary to maintain our status as a world power,” Christina Quinn said.

NBC Nightly News Notes From Aug. 28 – Sept. 2

NBC Nightly News – Wednesday

Time of Show: 21 mins   Time of Commercials: 9 mins

Intro: Ready to strike in Syria, MLK’s speech, Death sentence for army psychiatrist, Yosemite wild fire

  • Lester Holt in for Brian Williams
  • Military strike against Syria, Obama has not made a decision. Holt sent to Andrea Mitchell, who introduced President Obama, where he says he hasn’t made a decision on whether or not to strike Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron to call on parliament. Showed images of dead children who were gassed in Syria. Some wonder what the political purpose of a strike. (About 3 minutes)
  • Holt sends to Richard Engle in Syria: What’s happening on ground in Syria: U.N. inspectors looking for chemical weapons, evidence shows they were used. How will Syria’s allies respond? (Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Russia). Egyptians line up for gas masks. Syria regime could collapse. (3 minutes)
  • Martin Luther King’s speech anniversary 1963. Thousands gather in Washington for 50th anniversary. President Obama — the country’s first black president — spoke. Oprah, Former President Clinton also spoke. Those that were present for speech original speech reunited at anniversary (4 minutes)
  • Mark Potter: Former army psychiatrist Nedal Hassan went on a deadly rampage at Fort Hood nearly 4 years ago. It’s been called deadliest event on American soil since 9/11. He was sentenced to death. A widower says a “weight has been lifted off of my shoulder”… “a panel gave him justice”
  • (First commercial 14 minutes in): Shingles disease commercial, mega red supplements, colon health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • California fire: may not be over until winter. Ash may affect water supply in San Francisco. 100 miles away in Reno, Nev., bad air is canceling school. Dozens have been hospitalized. New technology used to identify fire: drones. Miguel Almaguer (2 minutes). Teased where nation’s worst drivers are
  • (Commercial) Sleep system by serta commercial, bayer aspirin, basic talk phone service, capital one, act restore mouthwash, one a day 50 men’s +, Infinity car, RP Funding.
  • Victoria Duval upset former US Open champion Samantha Stoser. Teased interview
  • Washington D.C. has worst drivers of all big city on All-State survey, an accident once every 5 years. Fort Collins in Colorado have safest.
  • Spy Mission: launched rocket into orbit, a pair of new eyes in the sky. Teased MLK
  • (Commercial) Americas natural gas, dr. scholl’s shoe inserts, US Post Office, Sleep number, move free ultra omega better joint comfort, aleve.
  • Tweets on Times Square billboard #DreamDay. Some who attended MLK speech shared their thoughts. Florence Lawson, from Decatur, Ga. Another hitchhiked from Alabama, put together signs. Showed anniversary speech-goers.

NBC Nightly News – Thursday

Time of Show: 21 mins                   Commercials: 9 mins

Intro: Making the case for a strike on Syria, NFL concussions, Sleepless in America, beloved TV star after devastating diagnosis

  • US lost key ally – Britain. White House is still pressing case for strike. Andrea Mitchell: President is losing momentum. If acts within days, he may be alone. Still collecting evidence, U.N. plan to leave Saturday. Only figuring out if a chemical attack happened, not who did it. Russia moved ships to Mediterranean. President still hasn’t explained rationale. Still has yet to provide rationale. White House (Chuck Todd) still hasn’t informed Congress of details. White House’s key piece of evidence showing Syria planned chemical attack is an intercepted communication that showed Syria’s President’s (Assad) brother, leader of guard, personally delivered order to attack. That’s why Obama is so condident in decision to attack. Bill Neely in Damascus (capitol of Syria). Normal day. A government official told Neely Syria expecting an attack, just don’t know when.
  • NFL settlement: League agreed to pay tens of millions to former players over concussions. League knew of dangers, refused to disclose them. $765 million to former players. One of the main keys was that “no admissions of liability … or an admission that plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by football…” Concussions have caused Dementia, Alzheimer’s, ALS. Bob Costas: Closes a chapter, but not book. An ongoing problem. Youth football participation is down within last three years. Could ruin popularity if NFL doesn’t address moving forward.
  • Fast food workers walked off job, seeking better pay and conditions. 60 cities: Chicago, charlotte, new York. Thousands marched for $15 an hour versus $7.25. $150 on a good week. 88% over 20 making $10 or less. Workers have little leverage.
  • California fire using military drones to see fire. Tease sleepless nation story.
  • First commercial 13 mins in: mattress store, nexium, clean air natural gas, aleve.
  • Sleepless in America, turning to prescription meds for help: One woman hasn’t sleep a full night since 2005. 8.6 mill take sleeping pill. Sleeping meds designed for one month or less. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, texting when trying to fall asleep.
  • Extra strength Tylenol: Reduce accidental overdose. Tease “big announcement” and check up on Brian Williams
  • Commercial: Infinity, fiber gummies, lyrica, dry mouth, bayer aspirin, mazda.
  • Hurricane Katrina 8-year anniversary. Some areas still abandoned, 80% of pre-storm population have returned.
  • Pope posing for a “selfie”, Brian all-clear to return on Labor Day, Williams says he was motivated to get out of 30-year knee pain, more on Will return on Tuesday
  • (Commercial) Post office, publishers clearing house, Cialis, sleep system by serta, aleve,
  • Valerie harper had been diagnosed with incurable cancer, already beating odds. Lung cancer spread, likely only have 3 to 6 months left. “Spontaneous remission” lives as a possibility. Undergoes chemotherapy. MRI results have improved. No longer see mass, almost close to remission. Doctor said “defies odds.” She and husband have hope.

NBC Nightly News — Friday

Time of Show:   20 Mins                                Commercials: 10 minutes

Intro: Strongest case for strike in Syria; Sec. of State John Kerry; Will President give order to strike?

  • Lester Holt: Virtually certain won’t let Syria go uncertain. Secretary of State John Kerry said any attack would be a limited one. 1,400 people killed, including 426 children. “Carefully reviewed” attack, more mindful than Iraq experience. Knows that Syria has largest chemical weapons presence. Knows that American people are tired of war, but fatigue does not dissolve us of our responsibility if we turned blind eye. (3 minutes) Andrea Mitchell: No turning back. 12 separate locations were hit. President did not act would invite Hasad to continue. (1 minute) Holt: Obama said they need to be held accountable, added that troops would not be on ground. Jim Miklaszewski: War plan in place. 5 destroyers in Mediterranean. Plan is so far in place that upon order, missiles could be launched within minutes. Bill Neely: Bracing for us military strike as U.N. investigators wrap up work. Only work to decide if there was a chemical attack, but not who did it. All eyes on Washington D.C. Richard Engel: Hassad undeterred by threat of us attack. Syrian airplane dropped something on a school. One girl was 16 years old, asked, “do you think my face is going to be mutilated?”
  • NBC poll says Americans are against ground strike, but for an air strike.
  • Holt interview with retired Colonel Jack Jacobs (NBC News Military Analyst): How US should respond? Not going to stop Syria from killing own people, may even increase attacks. No strategic move, other than fulfilling our statement that we were going to do it.
  • Commercial: Chromes disease Humira, Aleve, Olay Eye & Lash, Colon health, ‘Dateline’ teaser, ‘Meet the Press’ teaser
  • Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says US must act. Intelligence is pretty clear, US continues to have responsibility to have leadership in the world, US has to do it for sake of world and peace. Worst possible outcome? Able to make sure targets are there, do an effective job of destroying targets, any reason we fail we will have to go back. First round of attacks may not be enough.
  • Commercial: Nexium, One A Day Men’s Health, Chantix – Quit smoking, Fiber, Basic talk phone service, Bayer Heart attack, RP Funding
  • Cali. Fire: Smoke has forced road and bridge closing. Tourist town is dead, Yosemite has had over 150 cancellations. 15% of season lost to fire. One tourist group said fire wouldn’t deter them. Blaze is over 200,000 acres. Firefighters working around clock 24/7.
  • Seamus Heaney, poet, has died. He was 74.
  • Duchess of Cambridge first event since birth.
  • Commercial: Memory foam bed, Allegra, Cialis, Ensure vitamin shake, Aleve

NBC Nightly News — Sunday

Time of Show:   22                           Commercials: 8

Intro: Strikes delayed, president wants Congress to green light attacks, Molly (drug), Nelson Mandela, Drive-in Drama

  • Carl Quintanilla (in for Lester Holt): Sarin gas in Syria. Kristen Welker: Congress to approve attack. Secretary of State Kerry: Hair and blood tested positive for sarin gas. One representative said congress is split. On Saturday Obama will seek authorization from Congress. Officials say “no” vote from British Parliament lead to Congress decision. Analysts say President is taking risk. Bill Neely: Many in Syria saying US are “lost” by delaying attack. They say Syria’s army is ready. Andrew Mitchell: Does decision make Obama look weak? Mitchell says domestically no, but abroad, yes. President’s reversal “further damages him as a decisive leader abroad.” Richard Engel: Syrians in Turkey are questioning why US is postponing attack. They want Obama to attack Assad. Waiting for Assad to be punished for using chemical weapons. Luke Russert: In California, one Syrian teacher (Hassan Tweit) calls family back in Syria, who say they are scared. Begging Obama to help them. Teacher says it’s heartbreaking, but is happy to hear their voice.
  • Rohit Kachroo, in Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela is out of hospital after 3 months, but remains in critical health. Team from hospital is monitoring him at home.
  • Tease Molly story, drive-in movies.
  • Commercial: Lyrica diabetic, Act tooth restore, Allstate, Raisin brand, I Comfort sleep system
  • Ron Mott: Three deaths of molly have it under new scrutiny. 70’s and 80’s, exploded in 90’s. New form of ecstasy. Electric Zoo was canceled on Sunday after three died of overdose of molly. In purest form, it is MDMA. High heart rate, high respiratory rate, and high blood pressure. Emergency room visits from 2004 to 2009 are up 123%.
  • Commercial: AAG, Cialis
  • Boulder in Taiwan nearly hit car
  • Sir David Frost died on Saturday. Exchanges with President Nixon, who drew an apology for Water Gate. Interviewed seven past presidents, many British prime ministers
  • Commercial: Nexium, Shoe inserts, Allegra, therma care, BP
  • Randy McIlwain: Drive-in movie theaters: used to be 4,000, now fewer than 400. Get an experience, true American feeling. Only busy during summer. Owners having issues with film vs. digital.