UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes by location to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks. UltraStar Play it Again Cinemas also offers a selection of Hollywood hits for patrons to enjoy in high-back reclining chairs alongside snacks from the concession stand.
Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
International Latin-pop sensation Luis Miguel has tenderly caressed ears with tuneful ballads and lively boleros for nearly 30 years. With a dazzling career that includes more than 52 million albums sold, chart-topping hits in dozens of countries, and multiple continent-spanning tours, Miguel wields vocal powers and a winning smile potent enough to melt the hearts of fans and the tips of wayward icebergs. Concertgoers can enjoy the aural feast while securely nestled in the rear loge of the San Manuel Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor space that allows listeners to bask in the fresh air without the hassle and awkward bear encounters of a camping trip.
The scriptless, propless performers of improv troupe Darwin’s A-Team conjure absurd situations with nothing more than audience members' suggestions and their own imaginations. Characterized by surprising dialogue and a refusal to release laughing gas into the audience, the chuckle-hungry collective rings in 2012 with It’s the New Year … Now What?, its first performance of the year. The show takes place in the High Desert Center for the Arts, a recently refurbished theater whose chandeliers, plush seating, and coat-check room full of tiaras create an elegant atmosphere for refined rib-tickling.
The Desert Film Society showcases independent, foreign, and artistic cinematic creations, promoting an appreciation of filmmaking, stimulating post-viewing conversation, and titillating film-focused neurons. Screenings are held at 9:30 a.m. several times a month, with upcoming films including the Portuguese melodrama To Die Like a Man, which tells the story of a transsexual caught between personal identity and religion, and the German drama The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, about an amnesiac’s effort to rediscover his past. See the schedule for a full list of future offerings.
In honor of Frank Sinatra's birthday, A Swingin' Affair candles Ol' Blue Eyes' immortal cake with an itinerary of Rat Pack–style outings, entertainment, banquets, and libations. VIP ticketholders play honorary Dean Martins and Sammy Davis Jrs. as they're escorted by limo to Frank's Twin Palms estate. With a limited guest list of 120 VIPs, cocktail sippers can listen to live tunes from contemporary crooner Matt Dusk, fish watery quarter notes out of the piano-shaped pool, and roam through a luxurious abode dappled with Sinatra memorabilia, including the singer's original sound and recording system. Back at the hotel, bodies swap cocktail digs for black-tie attire and cardboard penguin masks in preparation for the evening's gala.