Every once in a while, a little rain must fall. But when you are staying on Anna Maria Island, you still have lots to do, and lots of activities to choose from. As we’ve mentioned before on our Top Six Things to Do on a Rainy Day blog , going to the movies can be a good way to pass the time away on a rainy afternoon, or a lazy afternoon, or any afternoon, or evening, for that matter. Just a quick car ride across the Cortez Bridge and out 53rd Ave/SR70 will take you to the Carmike Royal Palm 20 Theater, where you can catch the latest releases on the big screen. The Royal Palm 20 is located at 5125 26th Street in Bradenton (map it here). That’s right, 20 theaters playing the latest shows only a hop, skip and a jump (and about 20 minutes in the car) from the beach! Check out their website for showtimes. Their Super Bargain shows start at $6.00 and prices go up from there. If you are a planner, you can head to Fandango and purchase your tickets to your favorite show online, ahead of time. They also accept Visa and Mastercard at the ticket counter, and the concession stand.
The last time we were there, the debate was not over which movie to see, but what to add to the popcorn! The concession stand has a whole” Personalize your Popcorn” station. You can add their tasty shakers o’ flavor to your classic movie snack. They have savory and sweet flavors-including cheese! But the winner for my crowd was our own purchase, and the old stand by- M&Ms! It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet…and it’s always a pleasant surprise in the dark of the theater, to guess how many chocolatey treats you might grab out of the bucket! If you make it early for your show, there’s a seating area in the lobby where you can nosh while you wait. There is plenty of signage too, to make sure you know which direction to head to catch your flick. The theaters are good sized, and the seats are large and comfy, with cup holders big enough for those gi-normous drinks!
So, if you are looking for a rainy day activity, or date night fun, head in to town to catch a movie. They are SURE to be playing something you’ll enjoy at the Royal Palm 20! Oh yeah, did I mention they have 3-D movies as well? Sorry, these movies are a bit more expensive but they do supply 3-D plastic glasses to enjoy the movie with, and what a thrill!