This month was the Off the Grid edition, we selected movies that offered an escape from the path most travelled. Each movie on the menu deviated from the mundane on its own terms: fictional countries, journeys to the past and even ancient creatures brought back to life.

And… thanks to the generous people at HBO, we returned to their beautiful terrace & theater!

Here are the titles that made the cut and their off the grid destinations:

Casablanca| Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941.

The Grand Budapest Hotel | The fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars.

Jurassic Park| The island/theme park houses & exhibits dinosaurs, located on Isla Nublar, an island 120 miles west off the coast of Costa Rica.


grand_budapest_hotel_ver2_xlgAnd the winner was…

The Grand Budapest Hotel


99 mins

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

FINAL RATING: 7.7 …but let’s call it an even 8 out of 8 slices!

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We asked four teens to give you their reviews on this wonderfully quirky comedy-drama. Read what Tiara (The TRaC Star), Rajesh & Daniel (Returning PaaMers), and one shy PaaMer

How would you sum up the movie in one sentence?

Tiara: An explosion of eccentric characters and colors along with an amazing story.

Rajesh: A story across time periods that adapts as it progresses.

Daniel: Every single frame was like a painting.

Anonymous: A beautifully crafted, quaint thread work of complexity and comedy.


Who would you recommend this movie to?

Tiara: I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves a challenge and has an open mind.

Rajesh: Everyone who likes good movies.

Daniel: Anyone looking for a quirky movie.

Anonymous: My dudes.


Join us for the next FREE Pizza and a Movie!

July 1st



   How to RSVP for Pizza and a Movie Night:

Seating is limited, so you must lay claim to your seat & slice by selecting “Free Ticket- RSVP HERE” on the Pizza and a Movie event page at Fill in your information and you will receive a reminder email the day before the event. Please let us know exactly how many people you’ll be bringing. If you have any questions, feel free to email Briana, Teen Programs Assistant at

 PLEASE NOTE: This is a TEENS ONLY event, open to anyone currently in HIGH SCHOOL.