In honor of Hollywood’s biggest night – the 89th annual Academy Awards – the Gloria Theatre will open its doors on Sunday, Feb. 26, for Oscar Night at the Gloria.
The event, which will kick off at 7 p.m. and includes a $2 admission charge, will provide guests not only with an inside look into how the Oscars got its start, but also an opportunity to see the renovations at the Urbana landmark at 216 S. Main St.
Jack Berkemeier, theater operations manager, said the event will serve as a lead-in to the Academy Awards and will include a showing on the big screen of the documentary “And the Oscar Goes To…”
The 95-minute film, produced by Telling Pictures Inc. and aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2014, highlights the beginning of the Academy Awards from the moment it was conceived in 1927.
The first Oscar, he added, was awarded during the inaugural Academy Awards held in May of 1929 in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. This year’s version of the Oscars will air at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
The idea for the Oscar Night at the Gloria came about based on the turnout of a similar event Berkemeier held last year at The Historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg, where he served as theater consultant during its restoration.
“The documentary is well put together, and those in attendance last year were quite pleased,” he added.
All proceeds from Sunday’s Oscar event will go toward matching grants the GrandWorks Foundation is working to obtain to help with future renovations at the Gloria, specifically the lobby and restrooms, Berkemeier said.
Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.