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The screening room at Noir. Photo courtesy of Stuart Locklear

Act One, Scene One It was a dim and chilly night when we wandered into the vintage-movie-themed lounge Noir on Hayes Street. Walking by the illuminated honey-onyx bar, we passed a communal table filled with revelers, the shutters above casting slanted shadows on the wall. We slunk into the back screening room and sunk into a plush vintage divan.

Act One, Scene Two We leisurely flipped through the extensive wine list, which has a self-proclaimed focus on “intense, mysterious, sultry” reds. Impressed by the selection curated by sommelier Gianna Gaudini, we picked a Pinot Noir and settled in.

Act Two, Scene One The buttery scent of movie popcorn wafting into the back room whetted our appetite. So we ordered the chedder-cheese-and-scallion tater tots and the meetinghouse biscuits with pork-sausage gravy. Heck, those biscuits could make a good girl turn naughty.

Act Two, Scene Two Emboldened by the Pinot, we did some detective work. The noir films screened nightly from a projector in the back room are from owner Brian Cassanego’s personal collection--he plans to show Dial M for Murder and Double Indemnity in the coming weeks. We also solved the mystery of the forthcoming cotton-candy machine: It will arrive soon.

Case closed.

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