Watch the Academy Awards at the Rialto

By weeklyvolcano on February 24, 2007

Contemplate if you will â€" and as you most likely have â€" your past Oscar experiences. Lonely.  Nachos with not enough cheese. Asleep on the couch before the Best Original Screenplay winners are named. Wake up, little starlet! You can endure the four-hour show by exchanging snarky comments in a genuine, old-fashioned movie theater. The Grand Cinema hosts an Academy Awards Party Sunday at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma.  The party will begin at 5 p.m. with the preshow telecast of nominees walking down the red carpet, in which otherwise talented people such as Hillary Swank and Leonardo DiCaprio engage in inane chatter with an inane host. Ellen DeGeneres will then emcee the awards show. Hey, she sure is a nice gal.  There will be a raffle, silent auction and prizes.  And you. â€" Suzy Stump

[Rialto Theater, Sunday, Feb. 25, doors at 4 p.m., $12-$15 includes appetizers, dessert and a cash bar with beer, wine and soft drinks, 310 S. Ninth, downtown Tacoma, 253.572.6062]