From Selma snubs to American Sniper blowback, there's plenty of drama to go around at this year's 87th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, Feb. 22. Here are three ways to see the big night on a big screen, at three local theaters hosting their own Oscar parties.
In Marin County, the indispensable Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael celebrates awards night with a state-of-the-art HD presentation of the event. Comedian, author, actor and advocate Michael Pritchard acts as emcee for this fundraising event that includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, and a silent auction (1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 3:30pm. $75 and up. 415.454.1222).
In Napa County, the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena is streaming the event and including its signature communal twist with a potluck and party games. Everyone is asked to dress as their favorite movie star and bring appetizer dishes to share. Wines and popcorn will be on hand, and there's even talk of an afterparty at Archetype down the street (1340 Main St., St. Helena. 3:30pm. $25. 707.963.3946).
In Sonoma County, the ever-popular Rialto Cinemas is hosting a special Red Carpet Wine Walk, teaming up with Barlow wineries La Follette, MacPhail Family, Marimar Estate and Wind Gap Wines for a tasting party. This benefit event also features hors d'oeurves by Cottonwood Catering, and, of course, the Oscars will be on the big screen (6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 3:30pm. $25. 707.525.4840).