Biz News: Newport’s Lido Theater to temporarily close for renovations

Lido Theater
The Lido Theater in Newport Beach will temporarily close for renovations at the end of business Monday. It is expected to reopen in the spring.
(Courtesy of Lido Theater)

Newport Beach’s Lido Theater will temporarily close at the end of business Monday, as an interior face lift is planned for the classic venue.

Work will include installing state-of-the-art-sound and projection equipment, a fresh coat of paint and new carpet and seating, according to a news release. Also on tap are some modern amenities, including air conditioning and heating.

The theater is expected to reopen next spring.

In a statement, Paul Bernard — vice president of the western region for Fritz Duda Co., which owns the theater — said, “The Lido Theater is an iconic art deco movie theater that we are committed to maintaining and improving. We are proud that the theater remains a cornerstone of Via Lido Plaza and the greater Lido community.”

SOCIAL opening new H.B. location

SOCIAL Huntington Beach is having its grand opening Sept. 6.

The restaurant, which also has a location in Costa Mesa, features a New American menu of “elevated classics and California coastal cuisine,” according to a news release.

SOCIAL is at 21214 Beach Blvd. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and the restaurant will be open through 10 p.m. for dinner. For more information, visit

New restaurants approved for JWA

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently approved agreements to bring a handful of new restaurants to John Wayne Airport.

In an attempt to beef up the airport’s local offerings, supervisors signed off on opening TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Brodard, a Vietnamese restaurant; and La Boutique, a high-end store.

Most are expected to open later this year.

Costa Mesa visitor bureau wins trade group awards

Travel Costa Mesa, the city’s destination marketing organization, recently won recognition from the U.S. Travel Assn.

The agency received an award for “Split Decisions,” a marketing campaign, and the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by association members.

“The Travel Costa Mesa team is thrilled to be recognized for our work in destination marketing this year for the unique and vibrant City of the Arts,” said Kim Glen, Travel Costa Mesa’s director of marketing, in a statement. “We’re grateful to the U.S. Travel Assn. and all those who voted for us, and big kudos to the creative talents of our partners at the James Agency, who were instrumental in developing this fun, integrated branding campaign.”

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5:00 PM, Aug. 30, 2019: This article was originally published at 11:13 a.m. and has been updated with the Lido Theater item.