On Feb. 24, the 85th Academy Awards will take over Hollywood, which will see its share of celebrities walking the red carpet in true VIP fashion. But don’t feel left out if you can’t make the trip to Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre; there’s plenty of celeb-worthy happenings taking place right here in Pittsburgh, which has fast become one of the hottest spots for major movie filming. Countless big name movie stars have visited the region to shoot recent films like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” putting Pittsburgh on the map as one of the best places to party like a movie star. If you’re looking to get in touch with your inner movie star this Oscar season, here are five of the best ways to party like a movie star in Pittsburgh.
Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! 2013
100 Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Price: $75 Oscar ticket/$125 gala ticket/$250 VIP ticket
Hours: Feb. 24
Come dressed as your favorite celebrity and walk the red carpet like a true movie star at Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! 2013, the Pittsburgh Film Office’s annual Oscar party. This year’s celebration will be held at Heinz Field’s Club Level East where hundreds of the city’s most famous faces, politicians, professionals and industry leaders will gather for a celeb-worthy evening. Dine on the finest food at gourmet food stations, catch the hottest fashion presentations, take a chance on the silent auction of iconic Pittsburgh movie props and watch a live broadcast of the 2013 Academy Awards on Heinz Field’s big screen. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
Diesel Club Lounge
1601 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If you’d rather spend your Oscar night on the town rather than at home tuned into the red carpet festivities, check out Diesel Club Lounge’s VIP services. Party like movie star with the city’s most elite VIP table service in the stunning all-white mezzanine VIP seating area where you and your entourage sip on the finest vodka, rum, gin and wine. Diesel offers Pittsburgh’s best private rooms, tables or booths that ooze luxury. Reservations are required.
Cinemark Oscar Marathon
Cinemark 18 & IMAX Theatre at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
425 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, PA 15084
Hours: Feb. 23 – 1 p.m.
If you didn’t get the chance to watch four of the “Best Picture” nominated movies, Cinemark 18 & IMAX Theatre at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills is giving moviegoers one last opportunity to see the most buzzed about movies of the year, including “Argo,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” You’ll also get the VIP treatment with discounted concessions and specials on popcorn, frozen beverages and fountain drinks, hot dogs, Vitamin Water and Dibs ice cream. Be among the first 50 moviegoers in line for the 2013 Oscar Marathon to also receive a free commemorative lanyard and Cinemark Oscar Marathon badge.
Girls’ Night Out: Academy Awards Dinner
Cinemark Robinson Township
100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
McKees Rocks, PA 15205
Hours: Feb. 22 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Get your gang of girlfriends together for an award-winning dinner with Javier Vazquez at Market District — Robinson’s Girls’ Night Out: Academy Awards Dinner. This three-hour hands-on class will put you in the kitchen to whip up a special entrée that connects to one of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies. This event is the perfect opportunity to merge domestic with diva. Reservations for this cooking class are required and can be made by visiting the Market District – Robinson.
15 Allegheny County Airport
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Once you’ve found the perfect place to party like the stars, arrive in style with Celebrity Limousines, a Pittsburgh area limousine transportation service that promises to get you to your destination in true celeb fashion. Check out its Night Out package, which comes with a variety of VIP perks, including a free admission into select Pittsburgh night clubs and bars, a complimentary stocked bar for the over-21 crowd and complimentary sodas, waters and juices. Consider joining the free VIP club to get exclusive offers, including a free one hour of limousine service with the purchase of a four-hour Night Out package. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, Celebrity Limousines invites you to call them to customize a package that’s right for your movie star night.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.