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'The Wizard of Oz' returns to theaters

Updated on January 10, 2015

Land of enchantment

Dorothy and good witch Glinda have an important bond in "The Wizard of Oz" -- one of the most popular movies of all time.
Dorothy and good witch Glinda have an important bond in "The Wizard of Oz" -- one of the most popular movies of all time. | Source

Select U.S. cinemas go 'Over the Rainbow'

That legendary “yellow brick road” can be traveled on the big screen.
“The Wizard of Oz” is being shown in select American movie theaters at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 11, and Wednesday, Jan. 14.
The iconic tale of a Kansas girl’s journey to the Emerald City is presented by Colorado-based Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The 1939 film is being rolled out in movie houses through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network, which -- according to promotional material -- is “the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas.”
Fathom Events Chief Executive Officer John Rubey believes seeing the Judy Garland gem with an audience adds a fresh dimension to the viewing experience.
“It’s the perfect way to enjoy this timeless classic, surrounded by fellow film lovers, and from the comfort of your local movie theater,” Rubey said in an email interview. “The film is being shown as it was originally meant to be seen, including its original aspect ratio, with no digital enhancements. The result will look like a pristine film print from 1939!
“The event will start with a special introduction from TCM host Robert Osborne, and then the full film will be shown on its original home of the big screen.”
In 1956, “The Wizard of Oz” received a new infusion of public attention with its network television premiere on CBS.
According to a press release from Fathom Events, “nearly 45 million people tuned in for this initial telecast,” launching an annual tradition of airing the G-rated family favorite on television.
“The Wizard of Oz” has proved to be one of those elite movies that has stood the test of time by continually winning over new generations of fans.
Rubey considers the arrival of “TCM Presents: The Wizard of Oz” in hundreds of select theaters to be another opportunity to rope in fresh followers.
“This event is the perfect chance for longtime fans to re-experience the magic they know and love, but also the best way to introduce new and younger audiences to Dorothy and all of her friends,” the Fathom CEO said.
Tickets for the Jan. 11 and 14 presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” in theaters are available at participating theater box offices and online at http://www.FathomEvents.com. For a list of participating theaters, visit #mce_temp_url#. “The Wizard of Oz” earned two Oscars and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Judy Garland’s performance in the lead role of Dorothy was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: At the age of 17, she was honored with a special “Juvenile” Oscar.

Memorable characters of a lasting fantasy

The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man live on in "TCM Presents: The Wizard of Oz."
The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man live on in "TCM Presents: The Wizard of Oz." | Source

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