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A Historic Hollywood Venue Reopens in a Hidden Theater With Dinner and a Present – Thrillist

Someday within the early Fifties, or so the story goes, Arthur Miller got here to city to develop a film with Elia Kazan, who took him out to a bar with an actress that Kazan might have been seeing on the time—Marilyn Monroe. However this was not simply any bar, this was the bar the place F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway drank, the place Humphrey Bogart lounged, a preferred cabaret on the Hollywood Roosevelt within the coronary heart of Hollywood referred to as Cinegrill.

Cinegrill initially opened in 1936 and loved a long term as an A-list sizzling spot earlier than slowly fading from prominence and ultimately relocating after which closing within the early ‘00s. However that was not the top for Cinegrill—the group on the Hollywood Roosevelt is bringing Cinegrill again to life in a brand new format, as an expensive theater with a shocking gilded stage and tufted velvet lounge-style sofas.

The opulent room is hidden behind a bookcase within the decrease foyer, and when you’re inside it’s clear the design nods to Previous Hollywood all through. There’s a massive purple curtain with gold accents, fashionable takes on basic cocktails, and a contemporary supper club-inspired menu. A waitstaff devoted solely to Cinegrill will deliver these martinis, outdated fashioneds, and negronis proper to your desk throughout the present, so that you by no means must take your eyes off of the flicks and performances happening on the attractive stage.

Cinegrill returns to life on September 21 with a thematically acceptable screening of the masterpiece Casablanca. That screening kicks off a sequence of Classic Cinema Nights, which can even embody showings of Psycho, Insurgent And not using a Trigger, and vacation specials like Dracula for Halloween and It’s A Fantastic Life for Christmas. The sequence is hosted by movie critic, movie professor, and winemaker José Ignacio Cuenca, and can embody an introduction, a post-show Q&A, and wine tasting of Cuenca’s Little Boat label.

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