It's 1980-something. Glen, a young boy, dons a pair of glasses with one blue lens and one red, excited by this new technology that's supposed to make things on the screen pop out at you. During the next two hours, Glen ducks swooping avians during the revival of Alfred Hitchcock's ¬The Birds in 3-D, terrified, yet thrilled. This is one of Glen Gray's earliest memories about the theater his father built more than 30 years ago. Today, Glen lives out those moments each day as the proprietor of Movies of Delray, where the projectors roll a medley of Hollywood features, and foreign, art-house, and independent films.
Gold walls and burgundy curtains lend to the lobby’s art-deco air, and a large chandelier illuminates more than 60 pencil drawings of movie icons of yore, such as John Wayne, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe. This old-fashioned lobby disguises the updates within: brand-new bathrooms, granite countertops at the concession stand, and in the theaters themselves, digital surround sound and updated seating. Rows of black leather seats cushion moviegoers with high backs and wide benches so cozy that Glen claims guests have fallen asleep in them, only waking up at the end of the picture or when Bruce Willis turns out to have been a metaphor all along.
In celebration of film, professor Shelly Isaacs graces the theater with screenings of obscure Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated foreign films. After each screening, he discusses the film with audiences, dissecting and analyzing the cinematography, characters, and plot.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Plan extra time to enjoy downtown Delray Beach before or after the event.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Concerts and festivals
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
On Friday, May 9th, the Delray Beach Center for the Arts hosts a celebration of flavor as it presents the Old School BeerFest. The fest assembles more than 50 craft beers and ciders from around the world, along with a little bit of wine, a lot of food, and hours of live music. Guests get unlimited samples of the beverages and unlimited earfuls of tunes from bands such as Pocket Change and Jay Blues Band. The organizers even put together a game area, where visitors can play a few classic outdoor games or compete to see who has the best foam mustache.
At Visual Eyes at Mizner Park and Real Eyes on Atlantic Avenue, licensed optometrist Aaron Evans oversees full-service optometry centers and an inventory of more than 1,500 designer frames from makers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Chanel. The staff uses state-of-the-art technology, including the optomap retinal scan, to examine eyes. The optomap produces full-color, high-definition images of the retina without dilating the eye, which can help reduce blurriness and sensitivity to light after the exam. The doctors prescribe appropriate lenses such as single-vision, bifocal, or progressive, with available add-ons such as Transitions lenses or scratch-resistant coatings. They also stock more than 400 varieties of sunglasses, enough for a gang of 50 spiders protect their eyes and look uniquely cool at the same time.
A nationally sourced all-star roster of professional singers, Seraphic Fire weaves complex vocals and dynamic performance into a shimmering audio-visual tapestry. Their popular Christmas program features English, Spanish, and American carols, sung with classical poise and seasonally appropriate gusto. Patrons can fill their ears amidst flickering candlelight, and enjoy sweeter sounds than those produced by well-intentioned but atonal door-to-door carolers and traveling reindeer choirs.
A full week of fan-friendly events, the Battle of Florida culminates in a clash between two all-star football teams, showcasing NFL-draft-eligible collegiate players with direct ties to the Sunshine State. Leading the North Florida squad will be living legend and second-winningest coach in college football history, Bobby Bowden, whose resumé includes 300 victories and two national championships with the Florida State Seminoles. Coach Howard Schnellenberger captains the South Florida faction with equally impressive credentials, having been a key part of four collegiate national titles, two Super Bowl champions, and one undefeated season in tabletop electric football. On game day, fans can opt to enjoy a VIP tailgate party, where live music, a fresh spread of eats, and pep talks from retired tackling dummies combine to warm up gridiron engines.
Within the storied walls of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino waits Passion Nightclub, a two-level oasis of bright neon lights and hot DJs. In the seven years since the club first opened its doors, it's hosted such musical acts as Lady Gaga, DJ Pauly D, LMFAO, and at least three New Guinea singing dogs?not to mention the three DJs who keep the crowds dancing at all times, spinning EDM music.
Each of the club's five rooms boasts its own independent sound system and VIP bottle section, which offers top-shelf vodka, tequila, cognac, and champagne bottles.