Oscar Weekend around SF: AMC Best Picture Showcase, Oscar Parties at the Roxie, Balboa and Castro

Oscar night is Sunday, and if you’ve managed to somehow evade one or another of the Best Picture nominees — perhaps all five — it’s not too late to catch them all. They’re still playing at area theaters: Embarcadero Cinemas, the Kabuki, the Roxie, the Castro, the Balboa, and the Metreon all offer screenings of one or two of the nominees.

But what if you haven’t seen any of them? The AMC Van Ness is the only place where you’ll be able to see all five of the nominees in one monster marathon, thirteen and a half hours of putative greatness. They’re calling it the AMC Best Picture Showcase, and it may be too much for the soul to bear.

However, it shouldn’t be too much for the wallet. The ticket is $30 and it comes with free popcorn. Unlimited refills! Showtimes are: Milk at 10:30, The Reader at 1:05, Benjamin Button at 3:45, Slumdog Millionaire at 7:15, and Frost/Nixon at 9:45.

Then, once you’ve got your required (or desired) viewing out of the way, you can attend one of the live Oscar broadcasts in one of these fine independent theaters the following afternoon and evening:

The Roxie Theater will host the 17th Annual ‘Up the Oscars’ Benefit Bash. Tickets $15, and doors open at 3:45, just minutes before the Red Carpet show begins on the Big Screen. “Food, drink, and a big sassy attitude are allowed and encouraged,” at least according to the press release.

The Castro Theatre will also present the Oscars telecast, live on the great big screen, starting at 5:00 PM. Tickets $20, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres being served. The Castro, that is one classy place. The broadcast, naturally enough, will be followed by a screening of Milk at 9:45.

The Richmond’s Balboa isn’t just celebrating the Oscars: it’s also celebrating its 83rd birthday. And to mark the occasion, the early afternoon will feature the 1926 blockbuster, My Best Girl, starring Mary Pickford, whose charm is timeless. Prospective theatre-goers are encouraged to don clothing of the period. And if you pay $15 for the first show, you’ll get to hang out in your high-waisted pants and flapper dresses to watch the broadcast of the awards show, starting at 4:30 PM. The Balboa solemnly promises that whenever a commercial comes on, they will turn down the volume and provide live entertainment of much higher caliber.

Know of any other live broadcasts or Oscar parties around town? Let us know in the comments.

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