Early one morning about a week after the New Port Theater opened for a sneak peak during the Newport Beach Film Festival, owner Fariborz Maseeh sat outside the theater at a cafe table, talking to someone over what appeared to be a china cup of coffee.
And now, anyone who wants to can enjoy coffee and pastries at the theater, according to a sign on the sidewalk at 2905 East Coast Highway.
The sign states that coffee and pastries will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The theater opened during the Newport Beach Film Festival for a few seminars and screenings, but Maseeh said the grand opening to the general public likely would take place in July; read our story here.
The theater opened in the 1950s with 900 seats, then closed in 1998. It sat empty and eventually was slated for demolition when it was sold. The building underwent years of extensive remodeling that included seismic upgrades.
At the Port’s Film Festival opening, several people asked volunteers why the concessions stand didn’t sell popcorn. One theater representative said that popcorn might eventually be on the menu, but they were experimenting with serving healthy, locally baked dessert items and high quality coffee and juice drinks.