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 April, we’re playing some of our all-time favorites and hidden classics…


March 30 – “Splash” (1984)

Splash is directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy and Eugene Levy.  This love story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the mermaid surfaces in search of her long-lost love. The girl manages to win his heart, but trouble ensues when a government lab captures her for research purposes. Splash was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The original music score was composed by Lee Holdridge. The film is notable for being the first film released by the Walt Disney Studios’ Touchstone Pictures label, one of the most successful films to ever be released in what is considered to be the “dead box office” month of MARCH.  Touchstone Pictures had been created that same year in an effort to release films targeted at adult audiences, with mature content not appropriate for the studio’s flagship Walt Disney Pictures banner. Splash had received a PG-rating for including some profanity and brief nudity.

April 6 – “Charlotte’s Web” (1973)

Miracles do happen!  E.B. White’s timeless children’s story comes to life in this colorful animated (by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera) musical (with songs by the long-time Disney standouts Richard and Robert Sherman), celebrating the 45th Anniversary of its release this year!  You’ll laugh and sing along as Charlotte the Spider (voiced by the incomparable Debbie Reynolds), teaches Wilbur the Pig (Henry Gibson), Templeton the Rat (hilariously voiced by Paul Lynde) and the other barnyard animals lessons on friendship, trust and love.


April 13 “Tampopo” (1985)

Our good friend Martine turned us onto this Japanese film by Juzo Itami, and since all of us at the Starlite are keenly aware of the transformative nature of food, we are thrilled to share it with you!  The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin (featuring, among other stellar Japanese actors, Ken Watanabe as “Gun”) who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.  It received an extraordinary 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is universally loved by movie goers and critics alike.

April 20 –  “Cold Comfort Farm” (1996)

In 1930s England, Flora (played by Kate Beckinsale in an early ingenue role), a sophisticated young woman suddenly left penniless, seeks refuge with her eccentric relatives (played with an all-star British cast that includes hilarious turns by Rufus Sewell, Joanne Lumley, Stephen Fry, Eileen Atkins and most notably, Sir Ian McKellen) at the extremely shabby Cold Comfort Farm. Her presence disturbs and ultimately reinvigorates the torpid household in this witty, literary comedy, which parodies the works of Jane Austen and numerous other English novelists.  John Schelsinger’s masterfully directed eccentric satire is based on Stella Gibbons’ 1933 book, with masterful adaptation by Malcom Bradbury, which spoofs the serious, soul-searching, rural-set stories of writers like D.H. Lawrence and Mary Webb.  “There’s something nasty in the woodshed.”

“What could be more welcome than a classic English comedy, bristling with wit and hilarity and crammed with wonderful eccentrics?”   – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

April 27 – “Paper Moon” (1973)

“The two kinds of Depression-era movies we remember best are the ones that ignored the Depression altogether and the ones like “The Grapes of Wrath” that took it as a subject.  Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” somehow manages to make these two approaches into one, so that a genre movie about a con man and a little girl is teamed up with the real poverty and desperation of Kansas and Missouri, circa 1936. You wouldn’t think the two approaches would fit together, somehow, but, they do, and the movie comes off as more honest and affecting than if Bogdanovich had simply paid tribute to older styles…. “Paper Moon” doesn’t come off, then, as a homage to earlier beloved directors and styles (as Bogdanovich’s “What’s Up, Doc?” did – and his “Last Picture Show,” to a smaller extent). No, it achieves something quite different: a period piece that uses generic conventions only when they apply, so that we see the Depression through the eyes of characters who are allowed to be individuals. Whatever Addie [Tatum O’Neal in her first, best and Oscar-winning role] and Moses [played to devilish perfection by Ryan O’Neal] do in this movie, we have the feeling it’s because they want to (or have to) and not that the ghost of some 1930s screenwriter is prompting them.” – Roger Ebert, 4/4 Stars


In May, we’ll say Viva Zaptata to honor Cinco De Mayo, go in search of buried Treasure of the Sierra Madre, send Mom a Postcard from the Edge for Mother’s Day, and pay homage to our service men with a classic on Memorial Day Weekend!