Find your perfect Oscar party

Jillian Span Hofbauer
Columbus Monthly

Three Columbus movie theaters will roll out the red carpet for film's biggest night on Feb. 26—and each offers a unique experience for the discriminating movie buff. Our guide will help you find the ideal place to celebrate the best movies of the year, whether you're looking for old-school Hollywood glamour or a more casual night out with your favorite Denzel Washington fan.


Gateway Film Center: 6 p.m.

Drexel Theatre: 7 p.m.

Grandview Theater & Drafthouse: 7 p.m.


Gateway: Free

Drexel: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; Drexel members $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Grandview: Free


Gateway: Theater concessions

Drexel: Hors d'oeuvres from Bravo Cucina Italiana

Grandview: Regular menu


Gateway: Themed drinks

Drexel: Hollywood-themed drinks

Grandview: Movie-themed cocktail menu

Special Activities

Gateway: Donors of more than $100 are invited to a private cocktail reception with an hors d'oeuvres buffet, a reserved entrance and balcony seats.

Drexel: Trivia questions, drawings for prizes and a costume contest

Grandview: Oscar bingo with prizes


Gateway: Black tie welcomed but not expected

Drexel: Character-themed dress, black tie or casual

Grandview: Casual

Fun Fact

Gateway: Shows the most Oscar-nominated movies locally

Drexel: Recent theater renovations offer an old, Art Deco feel that will add to the glamour of the night.

Grandview: Film fans can enjoy the theater's selection of 40 draft beers on tap.