Dave Rice 7:21 a.m., May 23
The Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St) hosts its weekly free "cinema social" tomorrow, November 7, at 8 p.m. The hotel will be screening The Hunger Games (2012 / 142 minutes). Greg Strangman, owner of The Pearl Hotel, answered some questions for us.
RT: Can you tell us about the history of the theater at The Pearl Hotel?
GS: Created in 2005, Dive In Theatre is the first of it's kind: a movie screen associated with a swimming pool, hence the name Dive In vs. say a Drive In. It's our signature weekly/year round event at the Pearl Hotel created as a means to have an event or gathering that would incorporate our great environment with our incredible culinary/cocktail program.
RT: How are films selected? It seems like the hotel works with themes and seasons.
GS: Generally speaking we like to focus on comedy/cult classics and work within the season. We believe our guests want an "outlet" or entertainment when they come. Serious films are heavy. We wanted light hearted fun. John Hughes as a director/writer is among our favorites. We do place emphasis on holiday movies for Halloween, the Christmas/Holiday Season, and 4th of July.
RT: How can guests best enjoy themselves?
GS: Due to high demand and popularity we suggest a reservation (for parties of 6 or more) or early arrival for best seats (seating is first come first served/democratic). Enjoy/share some of our great food, craft beers or specialty cocktail list. Dive In Theatre is year round, so warm weather is great in summer, but in the winter we have 8 propane heaters/a fire place and a great interior shag carpet lounge to enjoy. Bring friends.
Movies screen weekly at the Dive In Theater in the Pearl Hotel. Admission is free and food and drinks can be ordered until 10 p.m.