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February 24, 2024

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"The Wizard of Oz"

“The Wizard of Oz” Returns for 85th Anniversary

For many of today's grandparents, the 1939 movie was on TV once a year and everybody had to make room on the couch!

“The Wizard of Oz,” considered one of the greatest films of all time, is set to return to the big screen this month. It returns in celebration of its 85th anniversary (it was originally released in 1939). Fathom Events, one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America, is releasing the picture on Jan. 28, 29 and 31. Several big-screen showings will take place at Regal theaters in Middle Tennessee in Nashville, Hendersonville, Opry Mills and Mt. Juliet.

“The Wizard of Oz” Story

The film is based on the children’s book by the late L. Frank Baum, an American author best known for his children’s fantasy books.

In the story, a farm girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland), runs away from home with her little dog, Toto. But while Dorothy is leaving, a tornado whips up and she hurries home, only to have a loose board knock her out. Falling back on her bed, Dorothy dreams up a fantasy of epic proportions. Her house, lifted up by the tornado, lands in the colorful, magical Oz. Dorothy and Toto meet little people called Munchkins. She also meets Glinda, the good witch of the North (Billie Burke). In addition, she meets the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). Dorothy wants desperately to get home, but the Wicked Witch wants the ruby slippers Glinda has put on Dorothy’s feet for protection. Dorothy sets off on a yellow brick road for the Emerald City, hoping to meet the powerful wizard who can get her back to Kansas. Along the way she befriends a kind Scarecrow (Ray Bolger); a Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and adventures and danger ensue. It’s a tender moment when Dorothy returns home to her bedroom in Kansas, surrounded by the people she loves. Only … the farmhands all look oddly familiar …

Rated G, children and adults can catch a matinee or evening showing on the big screen for $16.46. Get your seats here.

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