Escape this weekend to the Gaslamp with ‘Grease’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Look, it’s been a long week. I’m tired. You’re tired. We’re all exhausted. What’s worse, things don’t appear to be wrapping up anytime soon. As our nerves collectively teeter on the precipice of short circuiting, it seems a bit of escapism is in order.

Tomorrow night, restaurant, bar and music venue, the Gaslamp will show “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” on their outdoor “movie wall” and really, we can’t think of two films better suited to lose yourself in for a few hours.

Aside from the bliss of seeing heartthrob John Travolta at the peak of his career (not to mention hair volumizing), both films do a terrific job of capturing the essence of the ’50s and ’70s, from the costumes, set designs and dialogue, to the soundtracks, each of which were first and second in the US as the highest-grossing albums sold in their respective years—“Saturday Night Fever” was the top seller in 1977, ushering in the disco era, and “Grease,” placed second place in 1978 behind a little something from Fleetwood Mac called “Rumors.”

Friday night’s double-bill begins with “Grease” at 7:30 p.m. followed by “Saturday Night Fever” at 9:15 p.m. Movie tickets cost $10 ($15 at the door) but the Gaslamp requires that you book dinner reservations (not included in ticket price) to enjoy the entertainment. Guests will be seated at socially distanced spaced tables on the outdoor patio area and watch the films from their large, elevated screen, otherwise known as their “movie wall.”

You can book your reservation online by visiting the Gaslamp’s website, here, and check out their upcoming movie screenings, here.

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.
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