It’s not enough for hotels to offer well-appointed rooms, lively restaurants, and hip bars. Now, boutique hotels are building onsite screenings rooms to keep their guests entertained.
Crosby Street Hotel
New York City’s Crosby Street Hotel has a state-of-the-art screening room, which can be rented for professional or private screenings. It’s the ultimate in luxury with 99 comfortable Poltrona Frau orange leather seats and walls lined in wool.
Mondrian London’s in-house Curzon Theater is a posh 56-seat screening room, which shows first-run releases, recent titles you may have missed, family films, and classics. The cinema has 4K digital projection, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and luxurious seating. Curzon Mondrian London is open to public and hotel guests Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays every week.
The Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye Resort in Jamaica was Ian Fleming’s former home and the site where he penned all 14 James Bond novels. The five-bedroom compound features a screening room that was formally Fleming’s garage. All of the James Bond titles are naturally available to view.
Soneva Fushi Resort
The Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives offers an open-air “silent” theater (with Bluetooth headphones). Classic films are screened beachfront while waves lap at the shore and breezes rustle the treetops. Guests can recline on their cushioned loungers while being served complimentary popcorn and over 30 different flavors of ice cream
When Aqua Expeditions launched its newest boat, the Aqua Mekong, in October of 2014, sailing from Cambodia to Vietnam, one of the new amenities was a beautiful screening room. The Aqua Mekong Theater has reclining lounge chairs and the ship’s movie library includes classics based in the region such as Good Morning Vietnam as well as a wide range of other movies. Guests can get popcorn and snacks delivered anytime.
The medieval Irish castle turned resort Ashford Castle has just undergone a $75 million dollar renovation that included the addition of a beautiful cinema. The 32-seat cinema features vintage film posters from around the world (like the Italian version of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry). The retro decor features Kai cranberry velvet walls, red Victorian carpets, velvet custom chairs by AT Cronin, and an antique candy dispenser from Christie’s. It regularly shows The Quiet Man, which was filmed in and around the area, and the cast stayed at the castle during the filming in the 1950s.
At the One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos, one of the most over-the-top rental offerings is the Mexican hacienda Villa Cortez. The 10,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor residence features four bedrooms, an office, private spa, gym, and an opulent 12-seat screening room. The Anderson/Miller-designed suite and screening room has more than 2,600 movies on offer and a 24-hour butler will cue up the show and a decadent spread of popcorn, candy, and other treats for guests.
Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort, located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, is home to a turn of the century movie theater. It’s the only theater on the island and offers a real throwback charm. (Christopher Reeve’s Somewhere in Time was filmed on location on the island.)
Located in the heart of North Hollywood, The Garland has an onsite retro-chic movie theater where the hotel frequently host viewings of classics like Jaws, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Big. The Garland offers dinner and a movie packages where guests can dine at The Front Yard and then go and watch a movie in the theater.
The London West Hollywood
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills recently added a state-of-the-art screening room conceptualized by Gonzalez Architects with interiors by Richmond Design. With a contemporary design, plush seating and wall coverings in tones of taupe and plum, the 110-seat theater is ideal for movie premieres and events. It’s the largest onsite screening room for a hotel in the L.A. area, which is saying something for Tinseltown.
The Ocean House
The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, offers guests an exclusive movie-going experience with cinema quality technology and an intimate 21-seat screening room perfect for a cozy afternoon in. The room features plush red linen chairs and classic movie posters on the walls.
Domaine de Manville
Domaine de Manville, the restored farming estate and newcomer to Provence, has a 10-seat private cinema that screens French and American films. It can even be rented out for groups, and it’s great for kids who would rather watch an animated movie while their parents mingle in the courtyard. The door to the cinema is even signed by actor Jean Reno who lives nearby.