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 February, We Feel The Love and Celebrate The Old West…



February 2 – “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Frank Capra set the gold standard for screwball romantic comedies with this masterpiece, still as breezy and beguiling today. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.  Winner of all FIVE of the major Academy Awards, including Best Picture!    Who knew hitch hiking could be so much fun?

Did you know?  The only other two films in history to sweep the top five categories (Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director, Picture) were “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Silence Of The Lambs” (1991).

February 9 –  “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” (1982)

  To spearhead both the Whiskey Flat Celebration and Valentine’s Day, we decided to show this film, based on the Broadway Musical by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson (with Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall, Choreography by Tommy Tune), which was itself based on King’s story about the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas.  The 1982 Movie Musical, directed, produced and co-written by Colin Higgins, features stellar and hilarious performances by Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Neighbors, Charles Durning and Dom DeLuise.  And it has the honor of being the film for which Dolly wrote and sang the iconic, “I Will Always Love You.”

THURSDAY, February 15 – “Wild West Country” (2008)

Local filmmaker and historian Chuck Barbee will emcee and screen his original docudrama, “Wild West Country,” on the Lounge’s big screen for a special Thursday Movie Night, just in time to kick off Whiskey Flat Days weekend.

The documentary series is created and produced by local filmmaker Chuck Barbee, with lots of local volunteer help.  Barbee, who graduated from Kern Valley High School in 1959, found success in the film and television business as a director and cinematographer, but he always wanted to return to his roots on the Kern River.  After moving back to Kernville in 2002, he retired from the film business in 2005 and began working on his passion project, Wild West Country.

The project is based on the nine educational books about Southern Sierra Nevada history centering on the Kern River Valley, written over a period of 30+ years by local Cowboy/Historian/Author, Bob Powers, himself a 5th generation member of one of the earliest local pioneering families  Mr. Powers’ books cover the history of the white man in this region, beginning with the Joseph Walker Expedition through the Kern River Valley in 1834 and concluding with the creation of the town of “New” Kernville, when newly created Lake Isabella forced the authentic “old west” town of Kernville to move to higher ground in 1950.

February 22 – “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” (1967)

 Stanley Kramer directed this fantastic film about a free-thinking white woman (Katharine Houghton) who falls in love with and gets engaged to a black doctor (Sidney Poitier), and then brings him home to San Francisco to meet her “liberal” parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy), who must confront the deeply buried prejudices they didn’t know they had.  To compound the problem, the doctor’s parents (E. Glenn Sr, and Beah Richards), also invited to dinner, are none too thrilled about the match as well.  Both the Original Screenplay and Hepburn won Academy Awards for their efforts.  Features the song, “The Glory Of Love.”

And keep an eye out for some Wild Irish Films in the Month of March!