Friday, June 23, 2017

Family Movie Night at the Iconic Lido Theater

Tucked away in Newport Beach just off of Newport Blvd  - just after you've
crossed over PCH to get to Balboa island is the iconic Lido Theater. This 
theater is truly an Orange County gem that harkens back to the Golden Age of 
Hollywood. This beautiful single screen theater showcases the splendor of how
movies were made to be enjoyed.

We've driven right past the Lido Theater so many times over the years and didn't
even know this beautiful landmark was there. I immediately fell in love with its
gorgeous facade and the vintage neon lighting - it's my favorite! It has been
meticulously restored and features a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.

The lobby is beautiful and features a full service refreshment counter and elegant
chandeliers. The popcorn machine was my favorite! Just look at that gorgeous
vintage neon signage - so classic! It transported me back to in time to when the
theater first opened in 1938 with the Bette Davis movie "Jezebel".

We got the kids pack and it was the perfect sized treat to enjoy during our movie.
There are a lot of candy and other refreshment choices because a cold Diet Coke
and warm popcorn just scream - MOVIE TIME!

The interior of the theater is gorgeous! There is a magnificent waterfall red velvet
curtain on the stage and stunning ocean scene murals along the auditorium 
walls. The Lido Theater also has a balcony!!! You just don't find those in modern
theaters. We watched Wonder Woman and the picture and sound were just what
you'd expect in a modern movie going experience. However, the ambiance of the
Lido just makes your experience that much more enjoyable.

The kids love the Lido Theater and I was glad that we arrived just a little
bit early so that they could explore the theater before the show started.
My daughter was in love with the ladies room and it's lovely sitting parlor.
She came running out and was all - "Mom! You have to see the bathroom!"
Bette Davis is responsible for the parlor and the parlor stools are period pieces
that add such a fun touch to the entire setting.

If you haven't had an evening of family fun or a date night at the Lido Theater -
you must! There are numerous restaurants at the Via Lido Plaza that are perfect
dining options and perfectly round out your evening. 

It is home to the closing night movie and Gala for the Newport Beach Film 
Festival and is also available to rent for private events. I would love to have
my birthday party there and watch a great movie with my friends!

You can find out what movie is showing at the Lido Theater by visiting its 
website. These next two weeks are the perfect time for some family time because
this week Cars 3 (G) is showing and then Despicable Me 3 (PG) moves in on
June 29th.

Have you been to this iconic theater? What is your favorite feature?



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