Don't let summer slip away without enjoying a movie night in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine! I had the pleasure of experiencing the screening of The Greatest Showman last night, and I really had the best time. As apart of a VIP package, I received two spots in the reserved "front row" seating area, unlimited access to the Chef's Backyard BBQ, a bottle of rosé (also have the option of prosecco) and complimentary valet parking. The entire package is only $55 for two people (you could have dinner for that amount), so I think it's well worth the value and it's something fun and different to do on a Friday night.
I attended with my fiancé and we actually had friends that were going as well, so it made for a really exciting evening and such a great way to kick off the summer season. If you'd like to attend with general admission, it's only $10 a person, and free for children under 4. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs and cushions or pillows to sit on and get comfortable with since there is no formal seating aside from picnic tables and benches towards the back. I highly encourage reserving VIP tickets because the food is absolutely delicious and general admission has the option to purchase food and drink items, but in my opinion, it's much easier to be able to have all access to the food. I tasted everything from the salads and fries to the burgers, hot dogs, chili and hot wings. It all didn't taste like the usual charred BBQ foods but had elevated, high-quality flavor to each dish. There were also a variety of beverages, cookies, and popcorn to complete the cinema experience.
Doors open at 6 pm, and there are lawn games to take part in, but really it's enjoyable to sit around and enjoy the good food and drinks before the movie starts. To attend an upcoming movie night, it's recommended to book tickets in advance, or tickets can be purchased at the door -and check out FAQs here for more information. Future movies include:
- Friday, July 6
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Friday, August 31
If you're looking to really make a night out of it, book a room! Yes! A room retreat package includes:
- Two tickets to a movie of your choosing
- Daily breakfast for two
- $25 credit at EATS Kitchen & Bar or Marketplace
Based on availability. Pricing excludes applicable taxes. Valid for stays through September 3, 2018. Blackout dates may apply. Credit valid one-time only at EATS Kitchen & Bar or Marketplace only. Complimentary self-parking included for one car per room per night.