It’s been six years since Disney’s animated musical “Frozen” hit the big screen, and that’s a long time for admirers to be away from Arendelle without a peek. It’s no secret that animated movies are beloved by millions, and “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time — so fans are undeniably pumped that “Frozen 2” is finally coming to theaters on Nov. 22.
Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Kristoff are all back — a little older, a little wiser, but just as determined as ever to find the answer to the mystery at the heart of the newest movie and gain a new understanding of their own place in the world. Sven the reindeer and Olaf the living snowman are, naturally, also part of the action — as are the wise trolls and a few new faces in a story that’s designed to entertain all ages.
Whether you want to catch “Frozen 2” in the theater on the first night out or are looking for “Frozen-themed” fun activities to do with the kids, here are some suggested spots:
Studio Movie Grill
Located on West 86th Street in Indy proper, Studio Movie Grill combines first-run movies with a full-service bar and grill. You can have a seat at the bar while you watch the movie and enjoy a frozen cocktail or two, or sit in a comfortable theater seat while you enjoy your meal from a tray. (If the movie really isn’t your thing and you’d rather sit in the lounge and watch a game while the kids watch the movie, the Grill’s got you covered for that, as well.)
Just remember to book a reservation online if you want to get the best seating at your preferred showing, particularly if you want to catch a midnight screening. This popular hangout has been known to fill up quickly.
Landmark Theatre 12
Located on the southeastern side of the Glendale Towne Center in Indianapolis, this may be the perfect theater for grownups who are nostalgic about their past and like the feel of a traditional movie theater. Stepping inside Landmark Theatres can magically transport you back to the days long before streaming services and on-demand movies when the only real way to enjoy a movie was in a proper theater.
Landmark has free parking, cozy seating and the usual fare that you’d expect in a modern theater. Popcorn with extra butter, cola slushies and movie-theater box candy for sale at the counter make this traditional theater experience complete — all at a fairly reasonable price.
Tibbs Drive-In Theatre
Family-owned and -operated, Tibbs Drive-in Theatre has been in operation since it opened its first screen in 1967 — although it now has four screens going and a maximum capacity of almost 1600 vehicles.
Offering state-of-the-art digital projection and a top-quality audio feed through each vehicle’s radio, the drive-in is a family favorite for many in Indy. It’s also the last remaining drive-in actually in Indianapolis, so it’s definitely the place to go if you want your kids to experience just how cool drive-in theaters can be.
Barnes & Noble
No, Barnes & Noble isn’t operating a movie theater now, but you can go there if you’re looking for a way to extend the experience and joy of “Frozen 2” for your kids. Barnes & Noble stores all over the state are offering fun-tastic, kid-oriented experiences centered around the movie release throughout the end of November.
In Greenwood, Noblesville and Carmel, your kids can have fun with other kids at a Build Event while they use LEGOs to craft a castle that’s straight out of Arendelle. (Sorry, adult fans: These events are restricted to the 12-and-under crowd. Advance sign-ups are required.)
Hoosiers have been known to enjoy a beer or two, so it’s probably no surprise that Indiana is home to the world’s only first-run movie theater and fully-functioning microbrewery combination.
Aside from enjoying the music and storyline in the movie, you may also appreciate Flix Brewhouse for its Monday night discount on Indiana beers and its full menu. Whether you’re looking for some of the best pizza in town, a great burger or some tasty wings, Flix can accommodate your desires. Their motto is “Dosing out happiness doesn’t just stop when the film ends,” so make a night of it with your friends, if you’re so inclined.
Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom
You’ll have to head to Carmel if you want to experience this event, but Tina’s is offering a Frozen Holiday Tea Party for kids and adults alike to enjoy. They’re also expecting a very important guest to be present: Queen Elsa of Arendelle herself!
If you’ve been struggling to find an event that will both enchant the little ones in your life and delight any seniors around (like grandparents), Tina’s may be the perfect place to create a memorable and joyful experience.
Don’t Forget to Keep Checking for New Events
While “Frozen 2” is bound to dominate the theaters (and your little one’s interests) for a while, don’t forget to regularly check back with these Indiana businesses to see what sort of new and exciting events they’re running. Movies are always a great way to spend time as a family — or just bond with a new friend — and Indianapolis and the surrounding area makes it easy to find something for everyone, no matter their age or taste.