LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The star studded red carpet of the 89th annual Academy Awards was not the only event with lights, cameras, and plenty of action. The red carpet rolled out all the way to Downtown Lufkin's The Pine Theater for an evening unlike any other.
"We've got beautiful Oscars that were made, we've got the red carpet, we've got complimentary champagne as you come in," said Artistic Director of the Pines Tara Watkins-Watson.
Watkins-Watson says this was an interactive way for the theater to get in touch with the East Texas community.
"We just thought it would be a great time to really showcase the Pines and all that we can do," said Watkins-Watson. "So, we thought we would show the Oscars live on TV and really showcase what the Pines is really about."
The Pines guests agreed that this was a fun change to their normal Oscars routine.
"Normally, we would be home in our pajamas, so this is fun!" said Oscars guest Hilary Haglund Walker. "So we can dress up, put on some jewels and come downtown."
Before entering into the lavish Oscar party, the paparazzi outside of the theater included some familiar faces. Our very own John Carlos Estrada and Laura Sadler played fashion police to the arriving guests.
"We've had a lot of people come out wearing some really fabulous gowns," said Sadler. "This is the Pines' first year they have done this and they really have outdone themselves, and the people coming in. Everyone looks stunning!"
The two admitted it was nice to get out from behind the news desk and meet face-to-face with the evening's guests.
"It's so much to see everyone in the community come out," said Estrada. "The Pine's Theater has been here for a while and they just renovated this beautiful place, so we're just excited to see everyone come through and enjoy the Oscars."