Despite the Seventies-nostalgic Roll Bounce and the not-shot-in-Austin-after-all Whip It, this generation is sorely lacking a roller-skating epic like, say, 1979's Roller Boogie or Xanadu. Playland is an Austin tradition in family fun that keeps getting better. It still has that skate-shaped disco ball, and it now has a two-story playscape for the tiny ones, as well as summer camp, lessons, birthday and private parties, and a light show. And if Rick Linklater can't envision the epic potential in Playland's perfect setting to capture those sweaty-palmed couples' laps around the rink or dance solos under the lights, well, then, you are just going to have to live it out yourself.
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