The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton's new marquee was installed on Feb. 19, 2018.
Photo: Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Photo: Amelia Robinson

Why Neon Movies is the place to be on night of the Oscars

It’s proven that watching the Academy Awards is way more fun with friends. However, not everyone has time to whip up glitzy appetizers or shop for tiny plastic Oscar trophies for party favors.

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That’s why you and your friends can just head downtown to The NEON, Dayton’s favorite independent theater, for their annual Oscar watch party.

And with Oakwood-raised Allison Janney up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, what better way to watch than in a theater full of Dayton film fans?

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Jonathan McNeal is manager of The Neon Movies in Dayton. (Staff Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Ballots are already available in the theater’s lobby to be picked up, but the theater will only begin accepting ballots for voting on the day of the Oscars. 

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Throughout the night, prizes for ballots scoring the highest will be awarded. Meaning now is the time to start your Oscar education if you still have some work to do. 

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If the suspense and stress really starts to get to you as the night goes on— maybe your favorite film fell just short of the trophy, or Meryl Streep’s speech spoke to you in ways you weren’t ready for— remember the NEON has a full service bar that will be open all evening. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Oscar Watch Party 

WHEN: Seating begins at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 4

WHERE: NEON Movie Theater, 130 E 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-222-7469 | Facebook