The Hippo


May 26, 2020








Act like a lucky star
Red Carpet Awards are an Oscar-night thrill


With an actual Oscar award on site, a red carpet, paparazzi, food and a dessert buffet, Red River Theatres has got the Academy Awards covered this year.

The independent downtown Concord movie theater will once again host its Red Carpet Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and with the Academy Awards broadcast beginning on the big screen at 8 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the event is the nonprofit theater’s largest fundraising event. All proceeds benefit community and educational programming at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St.

“It’s their Hollywood night out,” said Kaleena Guzman, who is coordinating the event. “People like to be able to dress up, to get the Hollywood treatment and to feel like they’re actually part of the Oscars.”

“We want people to feel like they’re going to the actual Oscars,” added Guzman, who is the office and events manager at Red River.

People enter the theater through the garage on a red carpet with “paparazzi” snapping photos, and Concord TV pulling people aside for interviews. While it’s not required, guests are typically dressed to the nines. All the while, the Tall Granite Jazz Band will perform. New this year is a dance floor, Guzman said.

It’s the type of event people will travel for, Guzman said.

“It’s just an event that you don’t want to miss,” Guzman said. “What happens is that people who don’t end up coming, they hear about it from their friends, and they wish they [had] come. You’re guaranteed to have a good time.”

Inside, there will be appetizers upstairs and the bar will be open for a beer, wine and champagne tasting. Ernest Thompson, who wrote the Oscar-winning film On Golden Pond, will be on site with his Oscar award so that people can pose for photographs with the Oscar. Additionally, two men and two women will be painted gold, just like the Oscar award, and they’ll be walking around throughout the event, Guzman said.

“We like to keep people entertained and to make sure they all have fun,” Guzman said.

At about 7:45 p.m., guests will make their way to their seats in the theater to take in the telecast, which kicks off at 8 p.m. But the party doesn’t stop there. Red River will play bingo with its guests throughout the telecast, Guzman said.

“It’s a chance for audience members to interact with the telecast a little more,” Guzman said, adding Red River will hand out prizes during commercial breaks. Guests don’t have to play bingo, but playing will keep them in tune with the broadcast, Guzman said.

“It will make people pay attention to the telecast,” Guzman said.

The high-end ticket, which costs $90, gets guests a “high-end swag bag” and a premium drink ticket, while the general admission ticket, at $80, gets people a nice tote bag, Guzman said.

There is a capacity of 400. Guzman said the event always sells out but not usually until the last minute.

“It’s definitely grown,” Guzman said. “When we originally did it, we only had the downstairs actual theater part. Basically, people did come in on the red carpet but then it was straight to the telecast so it started a bit later.”

The event will also feature a raffle, in which there will be 10 jars displayed, each representing one of the best picture nominees. Guests drop their tickets in whichever jar represents the film they think will win. The winning ticket is drawn from the jar representing the winning film, Guzman said.

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