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N'Oscars at Oscar's Celebrates Value of Cinema

Westport Cinema Initiative 3rd Annual Pre-Oscars

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Westport, CT | Added on March 02, 2014 At 08:46 PM

It was the n'Oscars at Oscar's in Westport. 

The Westport Cinema Initiative hosted it's third annual pre-Oscar's celebration Sunday afternoon before the red carpet was rolled out in Hollywood. 

Sandy Lefkowitz, Executive Director of the Westport Cinema Initiative said, "It's the not-Oscars at Oscar's Deli. It's actually across from the street from the venue that we will ultimately hope to build [a cinema in].

"This is one way, including the screens we do every other month, to keep people excited about the prospect of having a movie theater in Westport," said Jonathan Steinberg, President of the Westport Cinema Initiative. 

Film critic Susan Granger and actor Scott Bryce, a Westport native, provided film trivia and reviews for the event benefitting the town's Cinema Initiative

Lefkowitz said, "To bring movie theaters back to Westport.  A permanent venue for film; we haven't had one since 1999."

First Selectman of Westport James Marpe said, "When we moved here, there were four cinemas in town, three right in Downtown Westport, and that gave everyone an opportunity to easily get to a movie show and it was very much a community thing." 

Steinberg said, "We always say it's a great way to build community. Having a movie theater means that people run into each other, they can share ideas, it's multi-generational and educational. We think it's going to have lots of benefits to the town, commerically but mostly socially."

For more information about the Westport Cinema Initiative, visit


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