Monday, August 11, 2014

Tonight Only, Provincetown Film Society Presents the Sing-Along WIZARD OF OZ, Celebrating the Film's 75th Birthday

Join the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion tonight in Provincetown, at the
Waters Edge Cinema, in a special sing-along screening celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Tonight only, August 11, 2014, at 8 PM, the Provincetown Film Society presents a special Sing-Along benefit screening of The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic MGM film musical starring the 17-year-old Judy Garland. The film will be shown with onscreen sing-along lyrics, and costumes are encouraged. The event will be held at Waters Edge Cinema, on the second floor of the Whaler’s Wharf, at 237 Commercial Street. 
This screening commemorates the 75th anniversary of the film’s opening night on Cape Cod on this date in 1939, four days before its premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. There will be complimentary beer and wine along with decadent treats donated by the Purple Feather at a lobby reception preceding the film, beginning at 7:30 PM when the doors open, and there will be photo opportunities with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Admission is $20, or $15 for Provincetown Film Society members. Proceeds benefit the Provincetown Film Society.
At 2.8 million dollars, The Wizard of Oz was MGM’s most expensive and elaborate production of its time, and for its day, it presented audiences with dazzling special effects, costumes and make-up, along with this new-fangled color photography, and “Over the Rainbow” won the Oscar that year for Best Original Song. Those of us growing up in the 50s and 60s eagerly looked forward to seeing this film once a year when it was shown on broadcast television, making Judy Garland and her “ruby slippers” the cultural icons that they are today.
The Provincetown Film Society is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this priceless cinematic achievement by presenting it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen, in a shared cultural experience that is not to be missed. So tonight, follow the yellow brick road to the Whalers Wharf and the Waters Edge Cinema for this very special event.

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