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Summer Movie Nights at the one and only David Hockney Pool

Hey art nerds!!!

Before we run off to Art Basel we wanted to let you know about the BEST place to take your sexy art dates this summer in Los Angeles ~ The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel features the one and only semi-publicly accessible David Hockney Pool, a multi-million dollar art work at a legendary property full of storied hollywood history! Even better, the hotel is programming a “Summer Itinerary of Bespoke Happenings” and I’m most excited about the Tuesday Summer Movie Nights (read on for the list of movies)! The Hollywood Roosevelt recently announced a curation of coveted experiences for guests and locals to take place throughout the storied Hollywood hideout this summer. The itinerary includes exotic new events such as Gone Bazaar, a poolside pop-up series to feature independent designers, vintage sellers and artists; and revivals of favorites such as Movie Night, where cult classics like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Some Like it Hot are projected over the David Hockney-muraled Tropicana Pool and paired with themed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

David Hockney’s famed Tropicana Pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Some may not realize just how special and rare this pool actually is… Back in 1988 when Hockney was in his peak pool painting, hollywood bromance phase– he apparently took it upon himself one morning to paint the bottom of hotel’s pool… ” The result, when you looked into the filled pool of still water, was a vast spread of large blue parentheses, commas, or whatever. But when someone dived in, disturbing the water, all the commas seemed to come to life, weaving and dancing and shimmering. ” – Jack Smith LAT

Hockney 1988

The results were a mix of joy and fear as “county officials noted that the painting violated state safety rules, which require that the bottoms of pools be unadorned, and ordered the Hockney squiggles removed or painted over.” Fortunately his art dealer chimed in explaining that if the work could be sold then it would be valued at nearly $1M (in 1988). “It was a galvanizing thought. City Councilman Michael Woo urged Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) to use his influence on the Legislature; Roos wrote a bill exempting the Roosevelt pool from the state law; it was passed, and Gov. George Deukmejian signed it into law.” So now you know that even in 1988 Los Angeles’ has it fair share of bureaucratic red tape with one of the most iconic public art projects in the city.

The best part of all of this is that now The Hollywood Roosevelt has gone through a round of renovations they are offering an exclusive membership program specifically for summertime:

*** Tropicana Seasonal Pass: Membership offering access to private Tropicana Pool, ability to reserve pool beds, daily guest pass for one additional person, free gym and Wi-Fi access, parking discounts, and preferred entrance to yoga, performances, movie nights and other weekly and monthly events. Memberships are valid from May 1-September 30 and cost $499. Prospective members may apply for membership at The first 100 members who sign up receive $100 to spend towards a room stay or food and beverage. ***

And here is the list of movies playing every Tuesday night at Tropicana Pool Bar, every Tuesday June 1 – Sept 3, from 8pm – 11pm!!

6/12: Beverly Hills Cop

6/19: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

6/26: Die Hard

7/3: The Rocketeer

7/10: Singin’ in the Rain

7/17: Point Break ⚡️

7/24: Fletch

7/31: Breakin’

8/7: Sunset Boulevard

8/14: LA Story

8/21: Clueless

8/28: The Big Lebowski

9/4: Shampoo

9/11: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

9/18: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

9/25: Blade Runner

PS. Who’s taking me to see Point Break? 😘

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About The Hollywood Roosevelt
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has built a legendary reputation on history and fame in just under a century. Its rich history began in 1929 when the hotel hosted the inaugural Academy Awards, and over its almost 100 years it has welcomed illustrious icons through its doors, from Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe who resided there, to Prince and Angelina Jolie. Today, the hotel is still buzzing with industry executives and talent and stands as a landmark attraction and popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world. Following a recent $25 million renovation to its guest rooms and suites, the hotel offers a variety of accommodations ranging from poolside cabanas to Tower Rooms with stunning views of the city and Hollywood Hills. The hotel’s heated outdoor swimming pool provides guests the only locale in the world where they can swim in a million-dollar work of art painted by acclaimed artist David Hockney.

For more information about summer events or to book a room at The Hollywood Roosevelt, call
(323) 466-7000 or visit

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🌟 Special thanks to the The Hollywood Roosevelt Sales & PR team for a lovely site visit 🌟

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