But some locals wait all year for the summer season when the outdoor film series makes its mark on San Diego. Films can be viewed under the stars at a number of locations, but one of the most unique is the Athenaeum’s Flicks on the Bricks, starting Aug. 2.
Returning for its sixth year, Flicks on the Bricks invites viewers to enjoy a film al fresco every Thursday on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio. This film series, however, offers more than just a chance to get out on a balmy summer night. Catering to its adult clientele with adult libations, Flicks on the Bricks offers, along with a movie stub, a wine pairing for each film, carefully selected and presented at the start of the evening by Barbara Baxter.
This year, Flicks on the Bricks is teaming up with Finch’s Bistro and Wine Bar for an even tastier summer series, with the restaurant’s “Meal and a Movie” program.
Moviegoers can head to Finch’s before the start of the film for a prix fixe movie-themed meal on the patio, with each three-course meal including a choice of entrees and a glass of red or white house wine.
For the Aug. 2 showing, featuring the film “Some Like it Hot,” Finch’s will be serving up a chilled cucumber and avocado soup, braised chicken or the La Jolla salad (grilled shrimp, hearts of palm, avocado, tomato, cucumber, organic spring mix with a lemon vinaigrette) and, to top it off, a house-made champagne cherry sorbet with a marinated berry garnish. After the meal, guests will enjoy Baxter’s hand-picked champagne and sparkling wine for the showing of the Marilyn Monroe classic.
Dinner at Finch’s Bistro and Wine Bar is served from 5 p.m. The cost for the pre-movie meal is $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Space is limited — for reservations call (858) 456-4056 or reserve online at www.finchslajolla.com.
For listings of films and other information, visit www.ljathenaeum.org/specialevents.html. All film showings are for 21 and up only.
If you go...
• Aug. 2: “Some Like it Hot”
Wine pairing: champagne and California bubbles
• Aug. 9: “Under the Tuscan Sun”
Wine pairing: vino Toscano
• Aug. 16: “Murder on the Orient Express”
Wine pairing: vino Español
• Aug. 23: “Sabrina”
Wine pairing: vin Français
All shows start at 7:30 p.m.
Film series: $60 Athenaeum member, $80 nonmember. Individual screening: $17 member, $22 nonmember