Sometime in 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 could have been seeing at the time—Marilyn Monroe. But this was not simply any bar, this was the bar the place F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway drank, the place Humphrey Bogart lounged, a well-liked cabaret at the Hollywood Roosevelt in the coronary heart of Hollywood known as Cinegrill.
Cinegrill initially opened in 1936 and loved a future as an A-list scorching spot earlier than slowly fading from prominence and ultimately relocating and then closing in the early ‘00s. But that was not the end for Cinegrill—the team at the Hollywood Roosevelt is bringing Cinegrill back to life in a new format, as a luxurious theater with a stunning gilded stage and tufted velvet lounge-style sofas.
The opulent room is hidden behind a bookcase in the lower lobby, and once you’re inside it’s clear the design nods to Old Hollywood all through. There is a giant crimson curtain with gold accents, fashionable takes on traditional cocktails, and a contemporary supper club-inspired menu. A waitstaff devoted completely to Cinegrill will convey these martinis, outdated fashioneds, and negronis proper to your desk throughout the present, so that you by no means must take your eyes off of the films and performances happening on the beautiful stage.
Cinegrill returns to life on September 21 with a thematically applicable screening of the masterpiece Casablanca. That screening kicks off a collection of Classic Cinema Nights, which can even embrace showings of Psycho, Rebel Without a Cause, and vacation specials like Dracula for Halloween and It’s A Wonderful Life for Christmas. The collection is hosted by movie critic, movie professor, and winemaker José Ignacio Cuenca, and will embrace an introduction, a post-show Q&A, and wine tasting of Cuenca’s Little Boat label.