A Night of Delectable Eats and Silver Screen Treats
When it comes to some of the most anticipated films of 2018, fall and winter promise to deliver big. From Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek to Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, these end-of-the-year pics are sure to bring in millions of dollars and ignite Oscar whispers.
While you’ve still got the chance, grab your significant other or troupe of friends and head to the movies. That way, you’ll remain in the know when the 91st Academy Awards roll around in February. While you’re at it, why not make an evening of it by grabbing a bite to eat before (or after) hitting the theater?
Not sure where to catch a flick in Newport Beach? Check out our list of the best places to wine, dine, and watch in the area.
Luxury Dining and Film Viewing
For a truly posh experience, check out The Lot located inside Fashion Island. Its upscale restaurant offers innovative takes on California-inspired cuisine including truffle fries, spicy fennel sausage flatbread, pan-roasted Scottish salmon and more.
The Lot also features a café with artisanal coffees and fresh-baked pastries, a lounge area, and a bar serving local craft beers. It’s a great spot to unwind, socialize, and enjoy the latest flick.
Featuring fully-reclining leather seats and a full in-theater waiter service during film showings, The Lot provides a cinema experience to savor.
The Phoenix that Rose from the Ashes
When the Port Beach Theater closed in 1998, the local community mourned the loss of a true community gem circa 1949. Its doors remained closed for more than a decade. The theater changed hands multiple times, and by 2007, its owner obtained a permit to have the beloved community staple demolished. It represented the end of an era.
But then, something extraordinary happened. A private investor stepped in contributing money for a massive renovation. This lovely historic gem officially re-opened in 2012 as the “New” Port Theater. Today, the New Port Theater represents one of Orange County’s premier luxury theaters featuring a full dining experience in a one-of-a-kind location.
Something Old, Something New
For a lovely dose of Hollywood glamour, check out Regency Lido Theater, an iconic art deco film house. Restored in recent years, this elegant spot channels the best in vintage ambiance and cutting-edge sound and projection technologies. Highlights of the Lido Theater include its original, hand-painted Catalina tilework and stunning backlit murals of underwater scenes.
Although the Lido Theater doesn’t have a restaurant, you’re in perfect proximity to one of Lido Marina Village’s newest restaurants, Circle Hook Fish Co. From the team who brought you Newport Beach’s beloved Bear Flag and Wild Taco, Circle Hook Fish Co. offers fresh, healthy dishes featuring locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
Movies on the Big BIG Screen
If you’re looking for a larger-than-life theater experience, then check out the Edwards Big Newport, boasting the largest screen on the West Coast (40 x 80 feet). Besides a gigantic view, the Edwards Newport Big features state-of-the-art Dolby Surround Sound and seating for more than 1,000. Cozy up in one of the high-back, velour-upholstered reclining chairs and get ready for a theatrical event like none other.
For exceptional dining to suit your epic evening, you’ve got delicious options. A quick walk from Edwards Big Newport, Fig & Olive provides a world-class dining experience and luxurious escape from the everyday. Chef de Cuisine George Neyra crafts Mediterranean-inspired dishes using carefully selected ingredients from premier farms and vendors. From Paella Noir to Balsamic Glazed Short Ribs, you’ll feel transported to the French Riviera.
Or, check out Gulfstream Restaurant, a three-minute drive from the theater. Specializing in ultra-fresh fish and North Pacific oysters shucked to order, regulars also swear by the Cedar Plank Salmon and the USDA Prime “The Duke” filet mignon. Their wine list represents an homage to some of the best years California has to offer.
Written By: Engrid Barnett