Enjoy an intimate, sit-down dinner paired with fine wine and followed by a film screened in Hearst Castle’s private theater lit by golden goddesses all along the red velvet walls.

Amid all the grandeur of the Hearst Castle, it’s said that W.R. himself seemed most relaxed in his ornate, 50-seat movie theater, where he would sit each night, surrounded by actress Marion Davies and his dachshund, his famous guests gathered behind him.

The theatre, which leads off the billiard room, was used both for amateur theatricals and the showing of movies from Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Studios. The theatre accommodated fifty guests and had an electric keyboard that enabled the bells in the carillon towers to be played. The walls are decorated in red damask, which originally hung in the Assembly room, and feature gilded caryatids.

Begin your special evening with a scenic ride up the iconic road leading to Hearst Castle. Next, dine on gourmet food paired with outstanding local wine in an ornately-gilded “cottage” before strolling through the gardens over to the opulent, 50-seat theater to watch a classic film.

Note: 15 guests max. First come, first-served.


Members: $950*

Non-Members: $1250


*Become a member of The Foundation at Hearst Castle for just over $40/month! Some memberships include complimentary tickets to this event. For membership details, see Support Us page or call (805) 927-2138.