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Film Series : Two Judy Garland Classics

The Wizard of Oz

1939, Victor Fleming and (uncredited) King Vidor, USA, 102 min.
With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton

Show Times

  • Sat, Dec 14th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 17th 6:00pm

"THE WIZARD OF OZ remains the weirdest, scariest, kookiest, most haunting and indelible kid-flick-that's-really-for-adults ever made."—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A work of almost staggering iconographic, mythological, creative and simple emotional meaning...this is one vintage film that lives up to its classic status."—Todd McCarthy, Variety

16-year-old Judy Garland had already co-starred in several films when she was catapulted into immortality by MGM's iconic musical fantasy about an unhappy Kansas girl tornado-tossed to a magical land where she finds friendship, danger, and the mixed blessings of maturity. The Yellow Brick Road, the ruby-red slippers, the Wicked Witch of the West, Munchkinland, "Over the Rainbow," and much else have become indelible ingredients of the collective popular imagination. Beyond its mythic resonance and sensible life-lessons, WIZARD is a full-blown experience, its sense of wonder leavened with plenty of humor and (like all enduring fairy tales) a depth-charge of scariness beneath its shiny surface. The film's imaginative set design, lush color, and larger-than-life archetypes will reward a big-screen revisit, no matter how many times you've seen it at home. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either THE WIZARD OF OZ or THE PIRATE, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

Selected for its visual quality, the accompanying trailer is from the film's 2013 re-release in IMAX 3D. We will be screening the original 1939 version in 2D 35mm.

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