In Belton, the Academy Awards isn’t just a one-time ceremony, but a week-long event at Grand Avenue Theater this week.
Through Feb. 28, the theater is showing two of the nominated best pictures of the year, as well as three sets of short films.
Daniel Bucher, business manager at Grand Avenue, said that showing films like these offers viewers a chance to see different material, instead of the normal films.
“We are trying to draw in different people and offer different options. Some people may not come to see a movie, but they like the Oscars and it’s free admission, so they’re going to come check it out,” Bucher said.
Adam Dubberly, assistant manager at Grand Avenue was eager about the theater being able to screen films that other theaters are not.
“We are especially excited to be showing the nominated short films, in part because we are the only theater in the area showing them,” he said.
The top five most celebrated winners were Christoph Waltz who won best supporting actor for his role in Django Unchained, best supporting actress, Anne Hathaway in her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, Jennifer Lawrence as leading actress in Silver Linings Playbook and leading actor, Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.And for Best Picture of the Year, Argo won the Oscar.
Sunday evening the Oscars were shown live on the big-screen at Grand Avenue. Movie posters of the nominated best pictures were given away.
Junior communication major Wesley Ashton went to watch the ceremony at the theater with a friend.
He said, “My friend and I enjoyed the friendly service the grand Avenue staff provided throughout the showing. They offered us sparkling grape juice, food, and even raffle prizes….”
Chances to see the films are still available at the Theater. For show times, check www.grandavenuetheater.com/.nows howing.