Top of the Mark: Movies & Wine

The elegant San Francisco spot is going cinematic for the summer.

WHEN THE VIEW OUT THE WINDOW... can be correctly described as "cinematic," you know you're in a place that seemingly sprang straight from a screenplay. There aren't many places that could wear such a badge of movie-sweet honor, but a particular venue that sits atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins absolutely qualifies. It's the Top of the Mark we quite obviously reference here, a longtime San Francisco favorite for both big views of iconic city landmarks and memorable cocktails. The stylish venue is adding a dollop of cinematic cream on top to its summer Tuesdays, though, by incorporating real movies into the film-fab setting. The series? It's called Summer Movie Nights, and it is happening each Tuesday night through the end of August. Arrive on the early side, from...

5:30 THROUGH 7... for a "wine or spirit tasting." Either one you select is gratis, and you might just find a new libation you particularly fancy (of course, you'll always remember that you first tried it at the Top of the Mark). The movie of the night rolls at 7 o'clock, with classics like "Mary Poppins" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on the bill. A trio of gems that are especially California-y are to come, too, with "American Graffiti" and "Some Like It Hot" on the slate (hello, Petaluma and Hotel del Coronado). True, "American Graffiti" has oodles of Northern California cred, but so does the utterly San Francisco-esque "Vertigo," which screens on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Want to find when a film you favor is playing? Watch the site or check in with the bar, a cinematic destination that's incorporating some real cinema into its summertime fun.

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