Classic Movie Showcase Friday!

If you’ve been to the Lounge, you know we love our classic TV shows – they’re up and running on the Lounge TV daily.

But what about those Cinematic Darlings Of Yesteryear?

Never Fear, Starlite Lounge Is Here!

Every Friday evening from 4:30 – 6:30pm we turn the Starlite into your own semi-private Movie Lounge!

Complete with house-made tapas treats from our “snack bar,” along with our weekly specials and regular menu items.

And of course, our wonderful Central Coast Wines, Craft Beers, and Sodas to add to your viewing experience.

So come on down, set a spell, nosh, drink and enjoy and…

We’ll see YOU At The Movies!

Our Friday Movie Night is also the perfect time to come and do the Classic Dinner & A Movie with your sweetie. You are welcome to skip the movie and come for your romantically-lit dinner from 6:30pm on, and if you’d like to view our Classic Movie Showcase first, come at 4:30pm and watch the show before getting your grub on!  In that case, you could say it’s a Classic Movie and A Dinner, but let’s not quibble.

And did you know that we offer a special Friday Night Senior Menu?

That’s right, for just $10 Seniors can enjoy Dinner AND a Show!

In December, we have a Whole Slew of Holiday Classics, both Old & New!

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December 1 – “Elf” (2003) and “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)

A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell’s funny and charming performance as one of Santa’s biggest helpers.  For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this 2003 holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart and is one of the funniest and most heart-warming Holiday movies ever made.

We will precede “Elf” with the Rankin-Bass classic, “Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,”  featuring Rudolf, Clarisse, Santa, Mrs. Claus, an Island of Misfit Toys, and narrated by a very Holly Jolly Snowman!

December 8 –  “The Bishop’s Wife” (1948)and “The Dean Martin Christmas Special” (1968)

Cary Grant is at his cutest as a guardian angel, sent to smooth the path for beleaguered Episcopalian bishop David Niven. In praying for divine intervention to finance a new church, Niven probably never expected his prayers to be answered in the form of do-gooder Grant. Nor could Niven foreseen that his lovely wife Loretta Young would be attracted to the ethereal Mr. Grant. It’s all quite innocent, of course, and by film’s end, Grant has not only drummed up financial aid for Niven’s community, but has also patched up the shaky marriage between the bishop and his wife. Based on a novel by Robert Nathan, The Bishop’s Wife went through several script treatments and numerous cast changes before reaching the screen. It hardly seems worth all the effort, but the film does provide harmless TV entertainment if you’re snowed in on Christmas Eve.

We will precede the film with the saucy and swingin’ Dean Martin Christmas Special!

 

December 15 – “Trading Places” (1983) and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1967)

The “nature-nurture” theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis’s hit 1983 comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe’s faithful butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook.

We will precede the film by showing the perennial Dr. Seuss Christmas Classic, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” directed by Chuck Jones, narrated by Boris Karloff and with the fantastic song stylings of Thurl Ravenscroft!

December 22 – “White Christmas” (1954) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Ring in the holiday season with us when Irving Berlin’s beloved White Christmas returns to our big screen! Fans of all ages can gather to experience the full splendor of a successful song-and-dance duo (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) pairing up with a charming sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to save a struggling Vermont inn.  We cannot let a season pass without showing this fantastic feel-good Technicolor musical extravaganza!

If you’ve never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas, here’s the main gist: the Peanuts gang prepares a holiday pageant but Charlie Brown finds himself lacking Christmas spirit. Instead, he’s irritated by how commercialized Christmas has become. However, once his good friend Linus tells him about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown is able to find joy in the holiday season again.

December 29 – “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)

The best way to mark a New Year is with an empty diary and a couple of men to fill it with, especially if those men are played by Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Bridget Jones’s Diary opens on New Year’s Day with Bridget (Renee Zellweger) feeling bloated, single, and ready for a change that does not involve wearing an ugly sweater in front of a handsome stranger (Firth) at your mother’s turkey curry buffet. By the end of the year, Bridget hasn’t met any of her New Year’s resolutions, but still gets a memorable make-out session that will forever change your mind about how so-called nice boys should kiss.

And Coming in January – a whole month of Indiana Jones!

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