The Tampa Theater hosts the Oscars every year and it is a wonderful event. This year I went with a girlfriend and it makes a fantastic girls night out. We dressed the part.
They have a limo ride where you are able to arrive in the limo. Once there they have a red carpet and we got our pictures taken and were interviewed by the red carpet host and photographed. The theater is very ornate inside and a perfect Oscar venue. They had free appetizers and a cash bar. You can stay as long as you want. It is general admission but there is not a bad seat in the house for this event.