An Oscars viewing experience that introduces Hollywood to Philadelphia

Andrew Kramer
February 24, 2019 - 11:03 pm

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Weren't able to make it to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards?

No problem.

The Philadelphia Film Center (formally the Prince Theater) hosted an Oscars watch party Sunday night that had all the Hollywood feels.

"It's kind of like having the Oscars right here in Philly," said the Philadelphia Film Society's Kate Calabro. "We have the red carpet out, we ask people to dress to the nines and show off their glitz and glam."

After a reception it was on to the auditorium where everyone enjoyed the show together. Picture watching an Eagles game at a bar, but the crowds are wearing suits and gowns.

"People will clap when people come out on stage to present," explained Calabro, "they'll clap when they win, you'll get direct reactions and shocked faces. It is like watching a sporting event, it's our sporting event."

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Watching with others is what enticed Lori Muldoon.

"I thought it was a cool thing, a fun way to watch the awards instead of falling asleep on the couch and I'm really impressed," she said. "Where do you go where people really dress like this on a Sunday night? It's Hollywoody."

Popcorn and cocktails were served throughout the night.