Thursday, May 30, 2024

From a free night market to free movie screenings, The Queen Mary launches into summer events


After testing ideas—like the “Studio 534” disco nights or the wildly popular, weekly Meet Me at the Mary Tuesdays—The Queen Mary has launched a set of events beginning in May that will play throughout the summer, from free movie screenings to affordable ticketed events like a monthly disco dance party.

What are the events aboard The Queen Mary and what do they cost?

Most of the events are free and require $10 should you drive your own car and park, with some requiring a ticket for attendance. From live music to movie screenings, here’s how The Queen Mary is getting down for the summer of 2024.

“Meet Me at The Mary” is hosted every Tuesday, bringing live jazz and big band music

It’s already wildly popular and will continue through the summer: Meet Me at the Mary has live jazz and big band music while people dance, watch, or simply hang-out to the sounds of chanteuse Ashley Anne and her band, The Carnations. It has garnered a following that already brings in hundreds of people weekly. The event itself is free with RSVP but required $10 parking fees.

“Studio 534” returns to The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary already does many an old-school brass instruments parties, like the aforementioned Meet Me at The Mary weekly event on Tuesdays, where hundreds turn up to hear big band and swing dance the night away. For this year’s inaugural Long Beach Last Call celebration, we wanted to offer something different.

Dubbed “Studio 534″—a nod to the famed Studio 54 and The Queen Mary’s working title, “Project 534” before she was christened—we wanted to take a cue from Netflix’s “Griselda” (in which every club scene was shot aboard the ship) by turning the ship’s famed Observation Bar over to the late 1970s and early 1980s to get down in a way that might have offend the Queen’s original guests.

DJ Tomas De Los Reyes will be spinning yet again every third Saturday of the month. Tickets are $10.

While our historical Moonlight Movies on the Beach needs massive help fundraising to kick off this year’s series of free movie screenings on the shoreline, The Queen Mary will have five monthly screenings across the spring and summer, with admission being free with RSVP and parking costing $10:

  • May 15 – Coco
  • June 12 – Barbie
  • July 17 – Little Giants
  • August 21 – The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • September 18 – Wonka

Monthly night market aboard The Queen Mary returns May 9

“Back by popular demand” according to The Queen Mary itself, this event is “about bringing the community and local businesses together. Great for a family night out, date night, or a hang out destination with friends of all ages. Guests can enjoy different food types and tastes from various chef extraordinaire, do a little shopping with pop-up boutiques, relax, and hang out, drink a cocktail in the beer garden, and listen to live music from local artists and bands.”

Admission is free with RSVP but requires $10 parking should you drive yourself; it takes place every second Thursday of the month through September.

Weekly Wednesday karaoke inside The Observation Bar aboard The Queen Mary

Every Wednesday is karaoke inside the Observation Bar; admission is free with RSVP but requires $10 parking should you drive.

So is Sir Winston’s ever going to reopen on The Queen Mary?

Management has consistently hinted at the potential opening of Sir Winston’s, the ship’s beloved seafood and steak house, saying it will open some time this year—but have yet to confirm a specific date. Rest assured we’ll let you know when it does.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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