Best Of 2022

1st: Enzian Theater,
This local arthouse institution has been going since the 1980s, providing cinematic thrills of all persuasions. The cozy Maitland theater's bill of fare takes in the cutting-edge and the blockbuster, along with plenty of one-night-only special screenings, themed series, local showcases and the prestigious Florida Film Festival. Unlike your typical multiplex, the single-screen interior arrangement is more like a restaurant or cabaret, with separate tables to better accommodate goodies from the kitchen and bar. In the age of streaming, a trip to the Enzian is more than enough incentive to tear you away from your couch/Netflix vortex.

2nd: Regal Winter Park Village & RPX,

3rd: AMC Dine-In Disney Springs 24,

Best of Orlando® 2022: Arts and Entertainment

Best of Orlando® 2022: Arts and Entertainment

Local Legends: Felichia Chivaughn + Meka King

These righteous forces for change and diversity in Orlando's theater scene are both multi-hyphenate talents — acting, directing, singing and writing are just a few of the lines on their résumés. King and Chivaughn-Ellison achieved the near impossible: They started the long-overdue conversation about systemic racism in Central Florida's art institutions when they founded the Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy Forum, and they've gotten results. Much respect.

1st: CityArts,

2nd: College Park Gallery,

3rd: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art,

Best Arts Event or Art Festival
photo courtesy Orlando Fringe

1st: Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival,

2nd: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival,

3rd: Immerse,

1st: Dancers Royale,

2nd: Rachel's North Men's Club and Steakhouse,

3rd: Thee Dollhouse Orlando,

Best Burlesque Troupe
Photo by Maia Monet, courtesy Les Vixens

1st: Les Vixens Burlesque,

2nd: Bad Witch Burlesque,

3rd: Corsets and Cuties,

1st: SAK Comedy Lab,
The decades roll on and SAK never lets up. The improv theater is nothing if not a reliable place to catch some laughs — and the interactive nature of the make-it-up-as-you-go skits and sketches guarantees surprises every time.

2nd: Improv Orlando,

3rd: Bull & Bush,

Best Comedy Night
photo by Sarah Kinbar

1st (tie): Shit Sandwich, Bull & Bush,

1st (tie): Teachers Night at the Improv,

2nd (tie): Bull & Bush Underground Comedy Show! Wednesdays,

2nd (tie): Open Mic at The Falcon,

3rd: Open Mic at Game On Avalon,

Best Dance Company
photo courtesy Orlando Ballet

1st: Orlando Ballet,

2nd: Phantasmagoria,

3rd: Varietease,

Best Drag Event

1st: Drag Bingo at Hamburger Mary's,

2nd: Southern Nights,

3rd: Off the Record Wednesdays,

1st: Florida Film Festival,

2nd: Orlando Film Festival,

3rd: Love Your Shorts Film Festival,