‘The Wizard of Oz’ Has Triumphant Big-Screen Return for 80th Anniversary

January 29, 2019 Updated: January 29, 2019

Wicked witches, wizards and whimsy; it’s hard not to love The Wizard of Oz.

The beloved blockbuster is returning to the big screen! For movie-lovers who enjoyed this American musical fantasy as children, this retrospective romp down the yellow brick road is not to be missed. If you’ve yet to join the club, then strap on your ruby-red slippers and head to the theater; you’re in for a treat.

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In celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary (yes, it was filmed in 1939!), movie giants Warner Bros. and Turner Classic Movies are teaming up with Fathom Events to show the movie in selected theaters. Sunday, Jan. 27 was the first date on the list. But never fear, the classic is also showing on Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Got your ticket? They’re for sale through Fandango or the Fathom Events website.

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One of very few movies that has entertained multiple generations since its original release, The Wizard of Oz also achieved worldwide success in the industry.

The star-studded flick boasted a cast including Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale and Frank Morgan as the wizard himself, and was nominated for six Oscars after its release.

We’ve all sung “Somewhere, over the rainbow …” in moments of dreamlike inspiration, but did you know that the original song, Over the Rainbow, won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1939? The song also catapulted Judy Garland to iconic musical fame.

Judy Garland, who shot to fame after the release of “The Wizard of Oz” (© Pixabay | skeeze)

The 80th anniversary screenings will be hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, according to a Variety report, who will include an introduction and closing commentary after the film. Ben will also share fascinating behind-the-scenes footage with movie-goers.

Rumored future screenings from the powerhouse combination of TCM and Fathom Events may include Glory, Steel Magnolias, Alien, My Fair Lady, and The Godfather Part II, says TipHero. So if The Wizard of Oz doesn’t stir a tornado of excitement around you, then there’s plenty more to look forward to.

The film’s characters have been gleefully represented for decades, across several generations (©Getty Images | Robert Cianflone)

There may be an opportunity to catch a later screening of this 1939 musical classic at independent movie theaters throughout the year; revisiting the classics has been an audience-pleasing theater habit for decades. So, watch out for summertime movie listings near you.

In the meantime, you’ll forgive us for getting swept away to “some place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It’s not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It’s far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain…”

We hope so, Dorothy. And we hope to see you there, with popcorn in hand!
Will you be taking a retrospective walk down the yellow brick road? Share your favorite thing about The Wizard of Oz in the comments below!

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