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Picture-Perfect Summer Nights At Hotel Irvine

Our fifth annual Movie Nights in The Backyard is back! We’re ditching the indoor movie screen for gorgeous SoCal summer nights, so round up your crew or plan a fun date night, and cozy up under the stars on our outdoor lawn.

Bring your appetite for chef’s backyard BBQ with hot-off-the-grill favorites, sandwiches and staple movie snacks. Plus, order up a featured cocktail or bottle of wine from our fully stocked outdoor bar.


Thursday, July 25
Crazy Rich Asians


Admission is $15 per person; free for children under 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. with movies starting at dusk. Open seating. Bring blankets, low chairs, pillows or cushions. Advance ticket purchase is recommended online. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.


Want to go all out? Book our VIP Experience for two, and enjoy the following perks for your movie night:
Two Movie Tickets
Reserved Seating
Unlimited Access to Chef’s Backyard BBQ
A Bottle of Rose or Prosecco
Complimentary Valet Parking for One Car

How do I purchase tickets?
We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance, so you’re all set when you arrive on the night of the event. If you decide to show up on the night of the event, we’ll also be selling tickets at the door (if not already sold out). Cash and credit cards will both be accepted.

How much are tickets?
Admission is $15 per person. Children under the age of 4 are free. Cash and credit cards will both be accepted if you purchase tickets at the event.

What time do doors open?
Doors open at 6 p.m. with movies starting at dusk.

What time does the pre-show entertainment and activities start?
Before each film, we will have a variety of games and entertainment to take part in.

What time does the movie start?
All movies will begin around 8:30 p.m., or 30 minutes after sundown.

Can we reserve seats on the lawn?
With 10,000 square feet of lawn space and a 20-foot screen, you’re bound to get a good spot, but reserved seating is not permitted. Seating is open and on a first come, first served basis.

What do we sit on?
Plan to bring a picnic blanket or low beach chair (no taller than 6″ off the ground) to sit on during the movie. If you bring in a larger camping-style chair, you’ll be blocking the view of other guests and we’ll ask you to sit off to the side in a designated area.

Can we drop off our blanket or chairs and come back when the movie starts?
No. Once you drop off your blanket or lawn chairs, you’ll need to remain with them. Reserving seats is not permitted unless you have purchased our VIP Experience package.

Can we bring in outside food?
Our chef will be cooking up BBQ favorites, and we will have staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and candies for purchase. If you decide to bring in small snacks of your own, please do not bring bags over 12″ x 12″ to the event.

What is the menu for the BBQ?
We will be serving up grilled burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst, fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches and a variety of farmers market salads and sides. All items are reasonably priced from $2 – $7. Vegetarian options will also be available.

Can I bring alcohol into the event?
No. However, we’ll be offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase at the event. You are welcome to purchase beer or wine at Marketplace prior to the event. On-site alcohol purchases will be tagged separately and permitted at the event.

Where do I park?
Self-parking is complimentary if you’re attending the event. Valet parking is an additional charge.

What is there to do once the movie is over?
Head over to Red Bar and Lounge! The bar is open until 2 a.m., and we’ll have live music from our local DJ starting at 8 p.m., plus oversized games like Giant Jenga and Connect 4 on the patio.

What if I want to stay overnight?
Check out our special offers page HERE.

Are pets allowed?
Pets are not permitted and should plan to stay home for the night. Service and therapy dogs are always welcome, of course.

Where is the movie projected?
Our outdoor movie experience means we’ve got one giant screen that will light up the night. The inflatable movie projection screen has top-quality HD projection and will be accompanied by state-of-the-art audio.

What happens if it rains?
Rainy days are few and far between in Orange County, but in the off chance we have a rainy night, movie night will be canceled. All advance ticket purchases will be refunded in full.

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