The Wizard of Oz 85th Anniversary Theatrical Release Date Set

The Wizard of Oz 85th Anniversary Theatrical Release Date Set

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. has partnered up with Fathom Events for upcoming special screenings of the classic musical fantasy. The Judy Garland-led 1939 adaptation will return to theaters on January 28 (Sunday), January 29 (Monday), and January 31 (Wednesday).

Each screening will an exclusive introduction by acclaimed film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, as he sheds light on the groundbreaking film’s incredible legacy and lasting impact—both on cinema and pop culture. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz screenings are available at Fathom Events, or at participating theater box offices.

What is The Wizard of Oz?

“The beloved classic follows Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land ‘somewhere over the rainbow,'” reads the synopsis. “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.”

Based on Frank Baum’s children’s 1900 novel, The Wizard of Oz was directed by Victor Fleming from a screenplay written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf. It also starred Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, and more.

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