In this Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, An Oscar statuette sits on display at an opening event for the "Meet The Oscars, New York" exhibit at the Time Warner Center in in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Jason DeCrow

Over the years, I’ve been invited to some over-the-top Oscar parties, where guests arrive in evening gowns and top hats, and popcorn buckets full of movie candy and DVDs are given away as door prizes.

And then there are years I opt to watch the awards on the couch in sweat pants.

You can find a happy medium for the 2013 Academy Awards at UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions Cinemas. The movie theater at the Loop 101 freeway and Indian Bend Road will show the Oscars on the big screen on Sunday, Feb. 24 — and throw in some extras to make the occasion feel special. Admission is free.

Live coverage of stars’ red carpet arrivals will begin at 5 p.m. The Academy Awards, hosted this year by Seth MacFarlane, will be broadcast live from Hollywood starting at 6:30 p.m. In-seat food and beverage service, including beer and wine, will be available at menu prices.

UltraLuxe employees will be dressed formally for the night, in an effort to make guests feel more like the actual Oscars audience in Hollywood. They’ll also be hosting “movie swag” giveaways during commercial breaks, and one guest will win free movie tickets for an entire year.

You can dress up for the party or come casual.

DETAILS >> Red carpet coverage begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24; Oscars go on at 6:30 p.m. UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions Theater, 9090 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Free admission. Food and drink available for purchase. (480) 302-6055 or UltrastarMovies.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

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