There’s something new to do on Tuesday nights with the introduction of Caulfield’s Summer Film Festival, a three-month film series showcasing a range of movies, from acclaimed blockbusters to crowd-pleasing romantic comedies.
The festival kicks off on July 10 with a screening of “Stand By Me” and will run through Sept. 25. The rooftop of the Thompson Beverly Hills will transform into an open-air movie theater with a menu (think Kobe beef “Reservoir Dogs”) presented by Caulfield’s, the buzzy nouveau-retro grill in the hotel lobby that regularly draws the likes of Natalie Portman and Edward Burns.
Benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the idea for the festival took shape when the non-profit’s constituent development manager Derek Krull connected with management at the Thompson. “We started talking about fun things to do over the summer and that we would like to branch out and garner a younger constituent base,” Krull said.
The poolside rooftop seats between 100 and 120 people, with tickets available for general seating at $20 along with a selection of café tables and cabanas at VIP pricing. For those who don¹t want a full dinner, every ticket includes popcorn and a soda.
The film selections include “When Harry Met Sally,” “Speed” and “Moulin Rouge.” Select screenings will feature Q&A sessions, which have yet to be announced. THR is a media sponsor of the series.
Krull’s vision is not only for an ideal summer night out but also to get the word out about the charity.
“We want to let the younger demographic that we’re there for them too,” he added of the MPTF’s mission, which is to provide health and other services to those in the entertainment community. “And if we can answer a few questions along the way, then it’s a success.”