See you in September
posted August 31, 2019 9:29 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat September 14 at 8:00 PM, North by Northwest, Cinema Under the Stars
4040 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
UPDATE: Set for Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. - North by Northwest at Cinema Under the Stars; followed by Donut Star, a few blocks away at 601 W Washington St., at 10 p.m.
What would you say to a movie meet-up, followed by dessert and discussion? Hoping we can iron out the details in the coming week or so, for a date in the latter half of September.

Films opening this month include:

Friday, 9/13: The Goldfinch (book adaptation)
Friday, 9/20: Where's My Roy Cohn (documentary)
Friday, 9/20: Ad Astra (Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt play father and son astronauts)
Friday, 9/27: The Laundromat (Meryl Streep & dirty money)
Friday, 9/27: 21 Bridges (Chadwick Boseman plays a detective)

Links to trailers via

Classics in theaters this month include:

Friday, 9/13, Saturday, 9/14, & Sunday, 9/15: North by Northwest, Cinema Under the Stars, Mission Hills (This venue has Young Frankenstein in October)
Sunday, 9/15 & Wednesday, 9/18: 40th anniversary showings of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, AMC Mission Valley
Starting Friday, 9/20: A Week of Film Classics at the Ken, Kensington (Mean Streets, My Little Chickadee, Rear Window, Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, All that Jazz, etc.)
posted by Iris Gambol to Meetup (19 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

If you can make the movie but not the conversation after, or vice-versa, please know that's cool.
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:30 AM on August 31, 2019 [2 favorites]

I’d love to see Rear Window! But there are lots of other great ideas here as well.
posted by exceptinsects at 10:47 AM on September 2, 2019

Oh and I’ve always wanted to go to Cinema Under the Stars and I’ve never gotten around to it!
posted by exceptinsects at 10:48 AM on September 2, 2019

I'd be down to see Goldfinch or Ad Astra!
posted by Everydayville at 11:07 AM on September 3, 2019

Like exceptinsects, Cinema Under the Stars has been on my list for a good while, and I'd like to see Ad Astra on the big screen (the cinematography and visual effects are getting a lot of press).
posted by Iris Gambol at 1:30 PM on September 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

Hey, chickadees. This post has been open for a week; I'm going to set it for the Saturday, September 14th, 8 p.m. showing of North by Northwest at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

Tickets are cash or check at the door. The theater's reservation system opens to non-members on Wednesday, and allows holds on four seats. As the place only has 62 seats, if we get a head count by mid-week I can reserve adjacent seats.

[Checking for sit-down dessert/coffee-type places nearby, open after the movie lets out at about 20 minutes to 10; right now the Starbuck's around the corner is in the lead.]

In a few weeks, I'll post a follow-up IRL for Ad Astra.
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:25 PM on September 8, 2019

I'm out of town this weekend but hopefully I can make it next time!
posted by exceptinsects at 1:43 PM on September 9, 2019

Google Maps shows that the Starbucks closes at 8:30 PM. Also, indoor seating amounts to four tables and a counter, often occupied by hardy pioneer types. Perhaps the Donut Star down the block? Open till midnight.
posted by Performing Without Annette at 2:45 PM on September 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

Oh, Donut Star looks enticing, Performing Without Annette, and I bet their hot chocolate won't taste like burnt coffee.
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:25 PM on September 10, 2019

Donut Star is one of the thousands of Cambodian-owned donut shops brought into existence in Southern California by Ted Ngoy in the 1980s. They don't have exotic flavors but they do an excellent cake donut and an excellent yeast donut, with the usual variations thereof.
posted by Performing Without Annette at 5:59 PM on September 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

Cool! Adding to above-the-fold update line.
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:29 PM on September 10, 2019

Yay, artlung! I made a reservation to hold a single seat yesterday morning, when I was the only name listed under 'attending.' Now the system isn't letting me amend that.

Please consider creating a free account at the site, if you'd like to ensure two seats together for you and your guest; this really is a small venue, and seating options vary. It's still pay cash or check at the door, with this caveat from the info page:

"CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations may be cancelled online or by calling the theater UP TO 30 MINUTES before showtime. Credit cards will be CHARGED for No-shows and late cancellations.

"NO SHOWS your credit/debit card will be charged the admission price and reservation fees for seats reserved."


"DOORS OPEN at 6pm, film begins at 8pm Spring and Fall."
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:49 AM on September 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

Okay Iris - made an account and got reservations for me and a guest. We'll be there!
posted by artlung at 12:01 PM on September 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I think it might just be me and my girlfriend and Iris but I'll be there at 7:30 or so. Donuts after NxNW!
posted by artlung at 6:49 PM on September 14, 2019

Hey! Heading out, there in about 25. Blue cardigan, subtle, secret-agenty iris pin, "Frampton Comes Alive" hair.
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:23 PM on September 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Here, finding seat - sorry, find you after?
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:02 PM on September 14, 2019

Yes! Saw ya!
posted by artlung at 8:04 PM on September 14, 2019

It was lovely meeting you both! Thanks for coming out.

[And Performing Without Annette, great call on Donut Star -- low-key, nice selection, and perfect for good conversation. Thanks for the rec; hope to meet you one of these days.]
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:12 AM on September 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

This was great! Kelly and I had a lovely time. NxNW is a classic, the donuts and conversation were terrific. Thanks for organizing Iris! Hope to see even more folx next time!
posted by artlung at 10:23 AM on September 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

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