News Release, Fathom Entertainment

A special 80th anniversary event is coming to select theaters. In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family’s house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before.

Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag’s sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion–and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers–Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.

First premiering in 1939, The Wizard of Oz film starred singer/dancer/actor Judy Garland as Dorothy, as well as a host of unique characters. It was first filmed in black and white, and later produced in Technicolor.

The big-screen anniversary celebration is presented on behalf of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Fathom Events.

The costumes were designed with such flair and creativity that, in 2005, someone stole one of the four original pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland, from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In September 2018, the FBI recovered the slippers during a sting operation, based on a tip from a man who claimed he had contacted the company that insured the slippers for $1 million. Another pair of the ruby slippers is in Washington, D.C., at the National Museum of American History.

One of the pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Courtesy: The Judy Garland Museum.

Each character has an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind personality, from the beautiful young girl, to the breathtaking scenery, excellent acting, munchkins, flying monkeys, lollipop kids, and the adorable dog named Toto.

But what so many people enjoy most is the moral of the story, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

To find the nearest theater to you, visit the Fathom website.


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