The Artist, a movie at the Paris Theatre, Martinis at The St Regis Hotel, what a Fabulous Night.

by Naima Sanowar

in Drink,Living,New York

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When I saw the neon Paris sign, I knew I found a magical gem in the City of Lights. An independent cinema with a lot of history right across the street from The Plaza Hotel and practically attached to Bergdorf’s…  it does not get  more New York than this. Since we got there a bit early, my Mummy friend Andrea and I walked over to the Plaza and took some time, visiting the book stores, the jewelry  shops. Always decadent, beautiful and refined, I had such fun taking photographs for the short time we were in the Plaza. It was lovely, yet we both could not wait to get back over to the Paris.

The Paris Theatre is such a treat amongst all the mega cineplexes out there. Walking into the Paris, it had a vintage field, an old world charm, romantic. Andrea and I felt like we had just stepped into  a Woody Allen Classic. The only theatre with a balcony, that’s exactly where we headed, plush comfy seats, we were in heaven. I can’t wait to bring my Hubby , The Epicurean Man here on a movie date night.

As if it could get any better, we were at the Paris to see one of the most talked about films and nominated for six Golden Globes… The Artist.

One of the most joyous and clever cinematic experiences in years, director Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST is already being hailed as an Oscar contender. A silent film shot entirely in black and white, the film follows dashing 1920s silent movie star George Valentin, played by Jean Dujardin in an exquisite performance that earned him Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. At one of his movie premieres George meets Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), a beautiful young actress with dreams of stardom. With the arrival of talkies, George’s career starts to fade, while Peppy’s star begins to rise. John Goodman, Oscar nominee James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller deliver strong supporting roles in this wonderfully romantic and inventive film.

It was such an amazing film, and I can honestly say we did not miss the ” talking”. This was my first silent movie in a theater , it was magical. The actors were superb, the music score spectacular , I can see why The Artist won for Best Musical Score, Best Actor, and Best Picture. It deserved it all. Leading actor Jean Durjardin was amazing and his smile infectious. I am telling you all run don’t walk to go see the film “ The Artist”.

Walking out the Paris Theatre with huge smiles on our faces, Andrea and I were in the mood for a martini and I knew I had to think of a place that would continue that same ” old world charm” feel. The St Regis Hotel’s ” King Cole Bar” was the perfect choice for two international girls like us …Andrea is originally from Canada and I hail from Trinidad.

The King Cole Bar is located in one of the most beautiful and historic hotels.. The St Regis is a landmark and rightfully so. Walking into the St Regis was breath-taking, the marbled floors, oak paneling, everything was exquisite and were still only in the lobby. I was so excited with anticipation on what the bar would look like. Then we walked in to a larger-than-life mural of ” Old King Cole, a Maxfield Parrish work that stunned both Andrea and I, we slid into these gorgeous leather chairs gazing  at the mural in awe. The mural depicts a mischievous-face King Cole, surrounded by his fiddlers there and a servant boy bringing his pipe. A stately but very kind couple sitting next to me informed me that Parrish painted the mural in 1906 specifically for the St Regis Bar.

Andrea and I pondered on what would be our one and only cocktail, we are both light-weights and we also had to return to our little darlings and get back into instant Mummy mode. The bartender suggested the ” New York, New York” , basically a ” Manhattan” . The drinks are pricey, they start at $20 a glass, a few of them $29 a glass, but this is what one expects at such an establishment like The St regis Hotel. In my opinion , it was all  worth it. The vibe at the bar was very James Bond. Giggling like school-girls, chatting away about any and everything, topics like photography, fashion, movies, travel, family etc. It was such an amazing time, we could not be any different, Andrea and I , yet what linked us and made us so compatible is our love for adventure and spontaneity. She was the perfect movie and martini date . I tried my best to document our adventure with my camera, I also wanted to enjoy the moments. I hope you all enjoy my photo diary.

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Deborah January 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I love this theatre, I have seen so many great foreign films over the years. As usual, I love reading about your adventures.

Naima Sanowar January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Deborah, how much I love the Paris Theatre. Thanks so much for all the support. It means so much to me. x

Nicole E. January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I loved this blog post! This post is so me. I have been to the King Cole Bar and also to Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis’ Astor Court. Both are amazing. I LOVE NYC and everything about it. I am a native NY’er but moved away for a couple of years. Now I am back home because I couldn’t stand living anywhere else! I always love spending days like this. I am a new reader to your blog and I love it!

Naima Sanowar January 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Welcome to The Adventurista Nicole. I have been living in New York City for 20 years now, I still feel like a tourist, always in awe and amazement by all this fabulous City has to offer. Thanks so much for the support.


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