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Oscars, Renner's family on hand at State Theatre

Modesto can watch to see if native Jeremy Renner takes a Best Actor Oscar home live at the State.
Modesto can watch to see if native Jeremy Renner takes a Best Actor Oscar home live at the State.Summit Entertainment

It's not every day that a Modesto native gets an Oscar nomination. It's rarer still when a Modesto native is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. 2010 is Jeremy Renner's year, and two events at The State Theatre give all of Modesto an opportunity to celebrate with him.

On Saturday 3/6, The State will screen Renner's nominated film The Hurt Locker. In addition to his nomination, the film is nominated for eight other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It has been hailed by many critics as one of the decade's best films. The Hurt Locker plays at 7pm, and admission is $9 per person.

Then on Sunday 3/7, The State Theatre, in association with The Modesto Bee, opens it doors to the Modesto area again--to watch the 82nd Academy Awards on the big screen. The Renner family will be in attendance at this free gala, and area residents are encouraged to attend and show their support for a local boy who "made it."

Besides The Hurt Locker, The State has shown, or will show, more than a dozen of this year's Oscar-nominated films, including The Last Station and The Young Victoria, which play in the coming week.

"Oscar Night at the State: A Rally for Renner" is a free event, though donations for ongoing restoration of the theatre are always welcomed. Doors open at 4pm; plenty of time to purchase an adult beverage and a bite to eat before the telecast, which begins at 5pm.

The State Theatre is located at 1307 J Street, in downtown Modesto. For more information, call the box office at (209) 527-4697, Ext. 4 between noon and 3pm Monday through Friday.