There was a time when any hotel might win over a guest with complimentary HBO. But in an age when most films are streamed directly to the couch, heading to an actual theater is an extra-special occasion. Luckily, a clutch of hotels won’t make you travel far to catch a blockbuster, featuring bespoke, full-scale cinema rooms without the sticky floors and no less stylish than the presidential suite. A fabulous way to bring culture into a space—and, perhaps, an artful way to repurpose a basement—these cinematic hotels butter up the guest experience with screening rooms that pop.
Photo: Courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Atypical for the pared-down arbiter of cool, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angelespockets a most ornate theater whose original style is inherited; when the brand opened its downtown hub, it thoughtfully restored an on-site 1920s-era movie palace. With 1,600 seats throughout three stories, it stages anything from concerts to movie premieres under a lavish vaulted ceiling lined with thousands of tiny mirrors.
Photo: Courtesy of Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
The showstopper might be its decadent popcorn, a caramelized variety made by Pierre Hermé Paris. But Katara Cinema, a private theater designed by Philippe Starck for Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, is no less stunning. Facing the 23-by-10-foot screen, most of its 99 seats are smoothed in champagne-colored leather—all but one, a seat tailored in burnt orange to add contrast (and a hint of drama).
Photo: Courtesy of Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn’s The Magic Picture Box, Canada
Housed within Newfoundland’s timber-made Fogo Island Inn, the Magic Picture Box isn’t just a 37-seat theater, but the first and only theater on the remote Fogo Island in Canada. Designed by a Newfoundland native, it features hyper-contemporized details inspired by Art Deco–style theaters.